The Basic Cookbook Star Recipes

With over 180 delicious recipes included in The Basic Cookbook, we understand if it’s a bit daunting trying to decide which recipe to try first. We asked some of our staff for their recipe recommendations, to help you dive in and start cooking! Share your favourite recipes that you have cooked by uploading a photo on social media with the hashtag #PagetoPlate.


Rachel – Managing Editor – Recipe & Food Publications

Butter chicken (p.164)

Butter chicken is a firm favourite in our household. It’s so creamy and flavoursome, my family prefer this homemade version over takeaway.

Brioche (p.236)

Using traditional methods, brioche can be tricky to make, but this recipe is so simple and straightforward and the texture is fantastic! I’ll often use leftovers the next day to make French toast or Bread and butter pudding. 


Kristyn – Recipe Developer

Spreadable butter (p.44) and Vanilla ice cream (p.298)

I have never brought ice cream or butter since owning a Thermomix. I would make both recipes at least once a week, they are my family basics.

Torta Caprese (p.332)

This is my go to recipe when I need whip something up quickly. I never have leftovers.



Grace – Recipe Developer

Lemonade (p.366)

I looked at this recipe and was convinced you couldn’t make lemonade in 2 seconds - I was wrong! This is such a fantastic recipe, it’s simple, easy and so tasty.

Crème brûlée (p.282)

This recipe uses the special temperature feature of the TM5 by cooking at 85°C. It is one of my favourite all time desserts.



Amy - Print and Digital Content Coordinator – Recipe & Food Publications

Pizza Margherita (p.194)

There is something so divine about freshly made pizza bases and the simple flavour combination of tomato, basil and mozzarella.

Béarnaise sauce (p.244)

This sauce is so rich and creamy, it brings any steak alive! You will be amazed at how simple it is to create your Béarnaise sauce from scratch.



Jess – E-Marketing Coordinator

Chocolate fondant cake (p.334)

This is the cake that every person needs in their life. It's whipped up in minutes and the molten lava centre is so impressive.

Chia and pepita gluten free loaf (p.224)

This recipe demonstrates exactly why I love my Thermomix. With it I’m able to transform basic pantry staples into a delicious gluten free loaf of bread. It’s cheaper and better than any store bought bread I’ve tried.



Charmaine – Marketing Coordinator

Sri Lankan Red Beef Curry (pg 142)

Roasting and blending the spices in one bowl is so convenient for washing up. We enjoy this hearty beef curry regularly and cooking the beef in this way makes it so tender.

Apple Cake (pg 342)

A simple and elegant cake which can be used for any occasion. It is always a popular request as a sweet treat for afternoon tea at our house.



Tegan – Customer Contact Support

Torta Caprese (p.332)

I made this for my grandma during one of our high teas, as she has never tried a gluten free cake before. After finishing her slice, she declared that this was the “best chocolate cake she had ever tried”.

Broccoli Salad (p.210)

This salad has become my go to when I need something quick, fast and healthy to make as a side with dinner.  



Monique - Customer Service Team Leader

Mushroom Soup (p.103)

My hubby loves soups and this has become a family favourite. The way it blitzed the mushrooms so your taste buds just got the hit of their flavour was amazing, it was so easy.

Pizza dough (p.72)

So quick, with no mess, my kind of cooking. Great for an easy Friday night dinner!



Jim – Warehouse Manager

Creamy tomato and salami fettuccine (p.120)

This one pot recipe cooks the pasta straight into the sauce – no mess, no fuss. It was also voted our Consultants favourite recipe!