Weeknight Meals | Basics with Babish

Weeknight Meals | Basics with Babish

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Some weeknights are meant for simplicity like one pot meals and sheet pan meals. These recipes are easy and customizable to your taste.

Ingredients & Shopping List
+ For the One Pot Chicken Meal:
2 sweet potatoes
2 Granny Smith apples
Fresh sage
4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
Bourbon (or white wine)
Chicken stock
Chopped pecans

+ For the Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner:
Baby Yukon Gold potatoes
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Salmon fillets
Garlic cloves
Dijon mustard
Fresh parsley

For the Blue Apron Creamy Pesto Pasta:

Special Equipment & Tools
Stainless steel or cast iron skillet (for one pot meal)
Large sheet pan (for the sheet pan dinner)

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94 Responses

  1. Kaisasha says:

    So many plastic bags 🙁 Glad we don’t have Blue Apron here

  2. texasranger9 says:

    Put the water in the mac-n-cheese cup. Microwave for 45 seconds. Done.

    • TheHorseFormerlyWithoutAName says:

      You forgot to add the sauce packet. That’s like THE most important part. Unless you like eating a bowl of plain pasta.

    • Ethan Quirk says:

      texasranger9 mac and cheese pasta bake is literally one of the easiest things to make and you can easily make about 4 days worth of leftovers that are weirdly nicer reheated than fresh in one go too. Its literally just béchamel with cheese and macaroni in a baking tray with some more cheese on top

    • Delawere 1 says:

      Not milk?

    • AlternateHanta says:

      If you’ve ever tried using milk in microwave mac n cheese, you know it’s a mistake.

      Normal mac n cheese, sure, but for some reason milk in microwave mac n cheese is disgusting. The taste and texture gets really funky in a bad way.

    • PhantomSavage says:

      At least use milk or cream, you heathen.

  3. K skillz2 says:

    Can you do a cake episode on Basic with Babish

  4. Versaucey says:

    My only week night meal is some great instant noodles.

  5. Boneless TacOOF says:


  6. Slorviga Slarven says:

    blue apron is not a “great choice” you can literally look up the recipes online and buy the ingredients yourself for less money and its much better for the enviroment

    • Lukas Sprehn says:

      +strekke1986 Special snowflakes neither care nor do not care about the enviroment. That has nothing to do with being a snowflake or not. Maybe if you’re someone hugging trees you might be a snowflake. But yeah, protect the damn environment.

    • Lukas Sprehn says:

      +Sean VG
      You mountain of filth. Plastic is produced from oil. Where is oil drilled and pumped up from? Aside from deserts? The oceans. If an oil rig leaks, fish die, water is contaminated.

    • Lukas Sprehn says:

      +Sean VG
      Also, what a lame way to use “snowflake” normie.

    • Lukas Sprehn says:

      Do we have data on Blue Apron and their waste specifically?

    • Lukas Sprehn says:

      Why are you adressing this to ShaGoo? They never mentioned the plastic wrapping thing until you brought it up.

  7. Justin Koenig says:

    wtf is the point of blue apron… just buy the ingredients fresh and you’ll save over 50%.

    • Irma says:

      Lazy people

    • Pixel Bytes says:

      Some people don’t want to go to the store

    • Captain Zeke says:

      +Justin Koenig keep going and start complaining about people being lazy ordering products online when these lazy fucks could run to home depot or walmart and just shop there! 99% of the time its lazy people!

      …..maybe people like the idea of having stuff delivered. Damn dude relax your home prepped anus.

    • Jeremiah Bird says:

      I work in construction and work 7 days a week. I’ll be doing that for the next 30 days. I still make time to got to the store and cook at night. And that’s after a 12 hour shift. There is no reason that you can’t go to the store and cook. Blue apron is for extremely lazy people.

    • Jeremiah Bird says:

      +FreakyVlogs there is no job that you can have that takes up so much of your time that you can’t go to the store once a week. Literally no job will take that much of your time.

  8. Mikael Åkerfeldt says:

    Blue apron exchanges convenience with pollution and waste

  9. Sebastian Lopez says:

    Hey Andrew, could you do some tofu? Or those niche ingredients that we oftentimes hear but don’t really know how to prepare and cook?

    • Tyler Paradise says:

      Yes I agree with this! I am veegtarian and heavily rely on tofu as my favorite protein source! I can’t get enough of the stuff seeing as how versatile it is and able to even impress my meat eating friends when cooked well! I would love to see how you deal with tofu @Babish!

    • Ash Flinn says:

      Check out Maangchi’s channel. She has some amazing and easy tofu recipies I cook weekly. But I’d love to see Babish do a basics with tofu (Ma Po Tofu, Dubuchim Yangnyeomjang, and Miso Soup are three easy recipies that come to mind).

    • nutmeg gaming says:

      Check junskitchen out for a good sukiyaki and tofu recipe 2 in one

    • Ben Rinehart says:

      Maybe a co-op with Brad where they make the Tofu from scratch.

    • Austin says:

      Inb4 raging bropsuedoscience or alt-right guy mentions debunked falsehoods about soy.


    Fun fact about spinach. It’s nutritional value is maximized when wilted, not when raw or fully cooked.

    • Hessed3712 says:


    • Morgasticism says:

      Actually, and this is coming from a culinary student, not a whole lot of vitamins and minerals are destroyed by heat when cooking. In fact, the ONLY way to get iron out of spinach is if it’s cooked. Your body can’t process it out of it unless it’s cooked. And that goes for a lot of other foods. That’s why our population has grown and now depends on cooking, it makes it a lot healthier. Not just killing off bacteria but also making the food more nutritious by allowing our bodies to process what we normally couldn’t.

    • Jeremiah Bird says:

      +atharv agarwal no wilting is when you cook a little moisture out of them.

    • Daniela Rossi says:

      NOT ANOTHER COOKING SHOW That is not correct.
      Thiamin, folate, C vitamin and B complex of vitamins are water soluble so by boiling, steaming or microwaving spinach you lose most of it. Vitamin K, calcium, iron, and zinc remain the same, as they’re not water soluble. Tomatoes, peppers and carrots get a boost in the carotenoids content when you cook them; but it also destroys polyphenols (an antioxidant). All cruciferous form indole when you cook them (that’s why they smell like farts), and indole is linked to some health benefits; but at the same time, cooking inhibits a couple of enzimes that are good for humans.

    • TheShizzlemop says:

      no one is saying you ADD nutrients to the food LOL you realize that your digestive system doesnt extract 100% of nutrients right? cooking it until its wilted makes it easier for your body to process, increasing the amount of nutrients your body can extract.

  11. Smal Piper says:

    I don’t get why anyone would buy meal boxes? It’s more expensive and creates more waste.

    • payton ;ockamy says:

      thank you. all these people saying meal boxes are just for “lazy people who dont wanna go outside” are really getting on my nerves. there are people with disabilities/autoimmune diseases who can rarely leave the house. Im sure they appreciate eating a homecooked, preset meal sometimes instead of pizza and chinese food every single night.

    • Jasmine Carlson says:

      I saw someone post on a buy/sell site saying they accidently ordered multiples of the 2 meals they ordered.. Asking what they payed for it. 95 freaking dollars. Each meal feeds 2 people. Could have just gone to a restaurant at that price

    • Smal Piper says:

      payton ;ockamy my intentions were never to insult anyone. I get that this may be easy for disabled or elderly people (although grocery delivery is free in my country so it didn’t exactly cross my mind & even if it wasn’t, it would probably still be cheaper but hey), but it was more so a question directed towards those who could just go to the grocery store but instead buy these boxes.

    • payton ;ockamy says:

      I see what you mean. my comment was more directed at people who think these services shouldnt exist at all, and cant even stop to think about people with different circumstances. But yeah, the only other situation where i like these boxes are people who didnt grow up cooking. there are alot of kids who grow up poor and literally only ate junkfood/fastfood. so they leave home not knowing anything about cooking, ingredients, or even grocery shopping. I think thats where blue apron really shines, as an introduction to decent food and recipes in general. and yeah, people who use blue apron because “i hate portioning stuff” or “its fun for the family” are wasteful idiots.

    • Lukas Sprehn says:

      In Denmark we have a version called Årstiderne (The Seasons) that barely has any plastic whatsoever, but it’s also a small country. It is more expensive too, but the ingredients are very high quality and grown on one farm. They often include fish too, but that has to be inside a box of ploysterene-like material with crushed ice. Even some people who’s cooked a lot gets them.

  12. Not Just Tube says:

    Blue Apron is for technologically competent baby boomers who don’t give a shit about the environment, but are also too lazy to go and research recipes and buy fresh ingredients. Babish, I love the shit out of this channel, but please. Blue Apron is not the right sponsor here.

  13. HectorLigoni says:

    Does anyone else hate the idea of Blue Apron? I can absolutely understand it’s merits if you’re housebound, a full time carer, and some other issues that require permanent home stay. But, it just seems like the most ridiculous addition of plastic and other waste. And you’re just given whatever vegetables they find rather than choosing your own. I just don’t get it

    • Bryan says:

      You understand it and you see the merits but you also don’t get it, what are you even talking about?

    • Bryan says:

      Sebazoid you know what’s a good service to understand the basics of cooking if you know literally nothing like many other people? Blue Apron.

    • Jiru Candy says:

      I thought it was more of a “I want to try a recipe and see if I (and/or my family) like it before I buy a whole bunch of spices and stuff… but yeah the prices are crazy and the plastic is ridic

    • Timothy C. says:

      HectorLigoni Sold convenience. A lot of shit is useless but people still pay for it for the convenience

    • payton ;ockamy says:

      Exactly. I see a ton of people saying its useless and you can just buy all the ingredients yourself and figure out a recipe. Blue aprons original purpose was helping to teach people who never cooked, never grocery shopped and never learned about which ingredients are which. If you were just lazy, there are a thousand easier ways to get a good meal sent right to your door.

  14. huskeyb says:

    Do Blue Apron really put a zucchini into a plastic bag?

    • nevar108 says:

      You do realize that the majority of the plastic in Asia that goes down those rivers and into the ocean is from the Americas, Europe, etc? Until just very recently Asia was the largest recycler of plastic, but has stopped accepting imports from other countries because the imports far, far outstriped their capacity to recycle it.
      It is beyond stupid that we use plastic bags/packaging as a throw away item. (even recycling gets only a fraction of the energy investment to make the plastic item as a return once recycled.) We need to transition as a society away from plastic packaging.
      Plastic is an incredible substance. But there isnt a human on the planet that doesnt have micro plastics in their bodies now… and that is likely to be a serious issue. (studies are still trying to decide the impact micro plastics in our bodies is going to have on us). Me… i rather be proactive and transition from plastic packaging. Cripes, do you need to put the apples into a plastic bag, before they go into another plastic bag for the trip home?

    • John Smith says:

      william cothrum
      that one meal had like 10 plastic bags, so at that rate, the totes would save a lot of plastic in just a couple months. If you were eating Blue Apron meals every night vs. buying your own ingredients placed in the tote it could probably save 1000 plastic bags in just 3 to 4 months.

    • A Geek of One says:

      So, my heavy paper tote bag is as sinful as a thousand plastic bags?

    • John Smith says:

      A Geek of One
      Usually, the 1000 plastic bags number is used for a cotton tote bag. I don’t know how paper totes compare.

    • Lukas Sprehn says:

      Link sources please. Would love to read them! 🙂

  15. MrFigs says:

    I’m hoping you won’t delete this. Here’s a warning about Blue Apron everyone! Blue Apron rarely give enough food to feed a family of four even when you order for four. Sometime there chicken once cooked has an unnatural rubbery texture that no matter how you cook it, it will come out unnaturally rubbery. Sometimes there also missing ingredients. No service is perfect ladies and gentlemen.

  16. Amy Jay says:

    Andrew, Bend and Snap is not a myth. It works EVERY TIME. You clearly need to re-watch Legally Blonde.

  17. Eva Daydream says:

    being honest, blue apron kinda sucks

  18. Mei Blaze says:

    Oh boy! $50 off my first two weeks for– was it 2 or 4 meals across those 2 weeks? That means I’m saving money on overpriced ingredients I could buy for a fraction of the price! And what’s that? It makes up for it with an easy recipe that I could look up for free using the very same resources I used to watch this video?! What a bargain!

  19. Nikenik2001 says:

    Today’s sponsor is a box of non recyclable plastic. And a little bit of food….

    • ThereAreNo AvailableNames says:

      Actually plastic is 100% recyclable. Blue Apron and over packaging are still bullshit and terrible for the environment.

  20. Gabriel Rangel says:

    One pot meal uses three pots.

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