9 Must-See Classes New Food Network Kitchen Subscribers Won’t Want to Miss

New to the Food Network Kitchen app? Here are all the classes you should start with!

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Rob Pryce

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Have you tried out the Food Network Kitchen app yet? We hope you have, but if you haven't it's the perfect time to check it out. Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with the entire family or you just want to sharpen your skills in the kitchen, Food Network Kitchen is here to help.

If you own a Fire TV or Fire tablet, you can now get a complimentary 1-year subscription to Food Network Kitchen, courtesy of Amazon. Just open the app on your Amazon device to actvitate the subscription — read more about the details here. (Terms and conditions apply.) If you've taken advantage of this offer, and this marks your first time using the app, you’re in for a really fun and instructive time. With over 80,000 recipes and thousands of on-demand cooking classes right at your fingertips, the possibilities are deliciously endless.

Not sure where to begin? Here are some of our favorite classes we think are perfect starting places.

Meal Prep and Plan Like A Pro

You’ve probably been cooking a lot more recently — we have, too! Whether you’re looking for new recipes to add to your weeknight rotation or you need inspiration when it comes to transforming your stockpile of pantry ingredients, these Food Network Kitchen classes are a great place to start.

Anne calls this dish "one of her favorite recipes of all time." After you take one bite of it for yourself, it’ll be easy to see why. Made with only a handful of ingredients like pancetta, Parmesan cheese, eggs and pasta, this flavorful pantry-friendly dinner is an easy way to get restaurant-worthy spaghetti right at home. Anne also provides clever tips and tricks throughout the class, like how to correctly hold a knife when chopping ingredients and how to achieve perfectly uniform knife cuts every time (hint: turn it into a song!)

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Rob Pryce

When it comes to comfort food, you just can’t beat a steamy pot of ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese. What we like most about this 20-minute stove-top version from Valerie is that you don't need to make any unnecessary trips to the grocery store in order to make it. You can also add in things like cooked cauliflower rice, thawed frozen spinach, butternut squash, broccoli, pancetta or whatever else you have on hand to add a healthy touch without anyone knowing. Follow Valerie’s advice and don’t rinse your elbow pasta after draining it — it’ll make all the difference.

This one-pot wonder is sure to impress all your dinner guests. Marc uses budget-friendly ingredients, like chicken legs and thighs, canned olives, crushed tomatoes, chicken stock and potatoes to make this ultra-flavorful meal. Follow Marc’s lead and pack all your leftovers into a flat casserole dish or Tupperware container so you can easily reheat and enjoy it for lunch the next day. And remember if this your very first-time braising chicken, don’t be intimidated — like Marc says, "It’s just cooking."

Sharpen Your Kitchen Skills

Whether you want to improve your knife cuts, make pasta from scratch or get a multi-stepped baking project under your apron strings, the Food Network Kitchen app is brimming with opportunity. These three classes will take you from "newbie" to "seasoned pro" in no time.

Melissa Yanc's Sourdough, as seen on Food Network Kitchen

Melissa Yanc's Sourdough, as seen on Food Network Kitchen

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Felicia Perretti

If you’ve shied away from bread baking in the past because you thought it was too hard to do on your own, we’re here to tell you that not only is it possible, it’s actually a lot of fun, too! Thanks to Melissa Yanc’s four-part bread baking course, you’ll learn how to make professional-looking (and tasting) bagels, brioche, sourdough and Danish rye bread with confidence and ease. You’ll also learn how to properly make — and feed — those "starters" you’ve been seeing all over social media lately.

Classic 100 Banana Bread

Classic 100 Banana Bread

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Caitlin Ochs

You just can’t go wrong with banana bread. Though we love chocolate and peanut butter varieties as much as the next person, mastering a classic banana bread recipe is a must for first-time chefs. In this hands-on class, you’ll follow along as Food Network Kitchen guides you through all the steps needed to make a super moist and picture-perfect loaf. Trust us — you’ll never need another banana bread recipe after making this one.

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Rick Wenner

You may never have thought of it in these exact terms before, but freezing food is a science. If you tend to buy ingredients in bulk, freezing is a great way to get more value out of them. We’re big fans of freezing berries on a sheet pan and wrapping meat in cling wrap to ensure it stays fresher for longer periods of time. This quick refresher video will teach you how to save money and extend fruits and veggies well beyond their specific season.

Explore New Flavors and Excite Your Taste Buds

Chances are you won’t be going on an exotic vacation any time soon, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t explore foreign cuisines right at home. If you’re a fan of Filipino, Thai, or Italian foods, you’ll want to save these classes to your app profile right now.

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Felicia Perretti

When it comes to Thai cuisine, Jet is a culinary master. In this 25-minute class, he’ll teach you how to "make the best Thai curry you’ve ever eaten." To make it, you’ll use authentic ingredients like coconut milk, green curry paste, lemongrass, lime leaves, fish sauce and Thai basil. Jet will also teach you how to achieve diced, lyonnaise and chiffonade knife cuts. How’s that for an experience to remember?

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Andrea Patton

Flavorful, easy and super affordable, this chicken adobo recipe is perfect for people who love traditional Filipino food. In this class, chef Jordan Andino walks you through everything from building an aromatic marinade to perfectly braising chicken thighs. If you’ve never worked with soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha or oyster sauce before, this class will not only demystify them, it’ll also turn them into your new favorite ingredients to cook with.

Michael Symon's Porchetta as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Michael Symon's Porchetta as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

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Lauren Volo

If you’re looking for a dish that’ll expertly showcase all of the new cooking skills you’ve acquired while using the Food Network Kitchen app, this crispy-crunchy porchetta is the one for you. To make this rolled Italian roast, Michael stuffs his pork loin and belly with a mouthwatering paste made from pancetta, garlic, capers, chili flakes, lemon and orange zest, rosemary, flat leaf parsley and brown sugar. Not only is a total crowd-pleaser, it’s an easy way to impress without too much stress. You’ll also get a firsthand look at Michael’s ingenious method for peeling garlic — be sure to have two metal bowls on standby.

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