The 51 Best Ina Garten Recipes of All Time (2024)

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1. Chicken Piccata 2. Lobster Corn Chowder 3. Parmesan Roasted Broccoli 4. Easy Tomato Soup And Grilled Cheese Croutons 5. Make-ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes 6. Easy Mac And Cheese 7. Perfect Roast Chicken 8. Lemon Yogurt Cake 9. Turkey Lasagna 10. Balsamic Brussels Sprouts 11. Chocolate Cassis Cake 12. Seared Scallops And Potato Celery Root Puree 13. Orzo With Roasted Vegetables 14. Pastit*io 15. Winter Minestrone 16. Lemon Chicken Breasts 17. Shrimp Bisque 18. Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp 19. Ina Garten’s Mustard Roasted Chicken 20. Roasted Artichoke Salad 21. Coconut Cake 22. Chicken Marbella 23. Baked Fontina Cheese Dip 24. Chicken Stew With Biscuits 25. French Chocolate Bark 26. Baked Sweet Potato Fries 27. Salmon Cakes 28. Homemade French Onion Dip 29. Fresh Pea Soup 30. Lovely Lemon Squares 31. Roasted Pear Salad With Grapefruit Vinaigrette 32. Tabbouleh 33. Tomato Feta Pasta Salad 34. Foolproof Ribs With Homemade Barbecue Sauce 35. Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting 36. Caramelized Butternut Squash 37. Peach And Blueberry Crumble 38. The Best Beer Nuts 39. Garlic Roasted Potatoes 40. Essential Vodka Sauce 41. Creamed Spinach Gratin 42. Herbed Ricotta Bruschettas 43. Chocolate Chip Cookies 44. Filet Mignon With Mustard And Mushrooms 45. Caramelized Shallots 46. Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles 47. Outrageous Brownies 48. Potato Salad 49. Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes 50. Italian Wedding Soup 51. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Shop Kitchen Picks: Freelance Editor FAQs

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By Lindsay Champion

Published Dec 25, 2019

Let’s face it: We can never get enough of our idol in all things cooking and life, the fabulous Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. So put on your chambray button-down, grab a wooden spoon and whip up our 51 favorite Ina Garten recipes of all time.

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1. Chicken Piccata

So crunchy and zesty, you’ll want seconds. And thirds.

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Quentin Bacon/Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

2. Lobster Corn Chowder

Whip up a pot of Ina’s hearty, magical soup any time of year.

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Clara Persis

3. Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

OK, broccoli haters, try this recipe and tell us you still don’t like it. We dare you.

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Food Gal

4. Easy Tomato Soup And Grilled Cheese Croutons

Yes, you read that correctly. Grilled. Cheese. Croutons. And they’re glorious.

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Pink Parsley

5. Make-ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Reason #764 we’re just like Ina: We loooove a good make-ahead recipe. Cook this now for tomorrow’s dinner.

6. Easy Mac And Cheese

You can whip this baked deliciousness up in under an hour. Ina, you’re our hero.

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Stone Gable

7. Perfect Roast Chicken

Psst, this is Jeffrey’s favorite recipe. He eats it every Friday night.

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A Little Bit of Spice

8. Lemon Yogurt Cake

And there’s no butter. Because Ina’s looking out for your cholesterol.

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Little Broken

9. Turkey Lasagna

One square and you’ll be hooked.

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10. Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Haven’t you heard? They’re the new lettuce.

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11. Chocolate Cassis Cake

Giada requests this every year for her birthday. Because it’s just that good.

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13. Orzo With Roasted Vegetables

Surprisingly easy.

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Vodka and Biscuits

14. Pastit*io

Meat, tomato sauce, pasta and béchamel…

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Home Is Where the Boat Is

15. Winter Minestrone

It’s extra cozy.

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Barefoot Contessa

16. Lemon Chicken Breasts

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A Hint of Rosemary

17. Shrimp Bisque

Seafood has never looked this good.

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Marilena's Kitchen

18. Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

A magical sweet-tart combination.

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The View From Great Island

19. Ina Garten’s Mustard Roasted Chicken

We can’t get enough of the crunchy coating.

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Sunday Supper Movement

20. Roasted Artichoke Salad

Timelessly elegant.

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Little Sweet Baker

21. Coconut Cake

Ooh-la-la.

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22. Chicken Marbella

She revisited the old recipe, tweaking the flavors a little, and it’s better than ever.

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Dinner Then Dessert

23. Baked Fontina Cheese Dip

No special occasion necessary.

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The Brook Cook

24. Chicken Stew With Biscuits

Your kids will love it.

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What the Fork

25. French Chocolate Bark

Extra fancy.

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Mindy's Cooking Obsession

26. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

A girl after our own heart.

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Whisk It Real Gud

27. Salmon Cakes

Like something you’d get at a country club.

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Recipe Tin Eats

28. Homemade French Onion Dip

The jarred stuff doesn’t even compare.

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A Food Lover's Life

29. Fresh Pea Soup

Save this stunner for spring.

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Basically Cooking

30. Lovely Lemon Squares

Like, obviously.

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31. Roasted Pear Salad With Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Très chic.

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Drizzle and Drip

32. Tabbouleh

Grain > lettuce.

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Novice Housewife

33. Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

Make a big batch and eat it all week long.

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Tracey's Culinary Adventures

34. Foolproof Ribs With Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Spoiler: They’re really damn good.

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Chez CateyLou

35. Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Who’s having a party?

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The Egg Farm

36. Caramelized Butternut Squash

So simple, so elegant.

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Cooking Classy

37. Peach And Blueberry Crumble

It doesn’t get better than this.

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Foodtastic Mom

38. The Best Beer Nuts

Grab a cold one.

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39. Garlic Roasted Potatoes

An essential side.

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40. Essential Vodka Sauce

So good we could eat it plain.

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41. Creamed Spinach Gratin

Now that’s a casserole.

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Smells Like Home

42. Herbed Ricotta Bruschettas

Appetizers: done.

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Chezus

43. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toll House, who?

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Barefoot Contessa

44. Filet Mignon With Mustard And Mushrooms

Take out all the stops.

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Honestly Yum

45. Caramelized Shallots

Our dream burger topping.

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Barefoot Contessa

46. Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles

Bundles…of joy.

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The Crepes of Wrath

47. Outrageous Brownies

Your place or mine?

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Garden Table

48. Potato Salad

Who’s having a picnic?

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49. Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

We’re eating these all year long.

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Key Ingredient

50. Italian Wedding Soup

It freezes beautifully.

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51. Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Save room for seconds.

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From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.

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FAQs

What does Ina Garten eat every day? ›

Her eating, she says, is “pretty orderly, actually”: “I have toast and coffee for breakfast;” tea every day at 10:30 a.m. — not a minute earlier or later; soup for lunch (Italian wedding soup, on the day of the recording); and for dinner, she and her husband, Jeffrey, go out with friends or order in.

Are Bobby Flay and Ina Garten friends? ›

Flay and Garten have been friends and colleagues for decades, so it's no surprise that Flay has such respect for her person and her cooking. And Garten has returned that love in kind. In an interview with the Food Network, Garten waxed impressed about the staggering achievements and stamina of Flay.

What is Ina Garten's newest cookbook? ›

Go-To Dinners

Cooking night after night during the pandemic inspired her to re-think the way she approached dinner, and the result is this collection of comforting and delicious recipes that you'll love preparing and serving.

Which Ina Garten cookbook should I buy first? ›

Garten answered her fan from Nebraska's pressing question by suggesting she start with "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook." Garten wrote, "I always recommend that beginner cooks start with 'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,' which is filled with the easy recipes that I used to make at my specialty food store in East Hampton ...

What does Ina Garten eat every day for breakfast? ›

Not just any old oatmeal will do when it comes to the Barefoot Contessa. "I've had the same thing for breakfast every single day for ten years: coffee and McCann's quick-cooking Irish oatmeal," Garten told Bon Appétit in a 2017 article.

What kind of butter does Ina Garten use? ›

So when a man from Enterprise, Alabama wrote Garten to ask what brand of butter she used for cooking, she responded with great intel all of us could use: She often goes with Cabot Creamery's butter — before diplomatically adding that “there are many good brands of butters available.”

Does Ina Garten cook in her own kitchen? ›

But we'd guess that not many of us spend as much time in our kitchens as Ina Garten, the Food Network personality and cookbook author who goes to work in her kitchen all year long.

Is Ina Garten a chef or a cook? ›

Her fame may be relatively quiet — she doesn't have a line of cookware, there isn't a namesake restaurant — but make no mistake: Ina Garten is a powerhouse celeb chef. Fans know her story well: From a White House budget analyst to specialty food-store owner, her path to stardom has been slow and steady.

What was Ina Garten before she was a chef? ›

Before becoming a celebrity chef, Garten worked for the government. In the late 1970s, Garten lived in Washington, DC, and worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget. According to Insider, Garten worked under both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, helping to write the nuclear energy budget.

What was Ina Garten's job before cooking? ›

Like her predecessor Julia Child, Ina started out as a civil servant. She analyzed nuclear policy for the Ford and Carter administrations. But even before that, she showed classic signs of late blooming.

Why is she called Barefoot Contessa? ›

Barefoot Contessa Draws Its Name from a '50s Film

“So many people ask, 'What does Barefoot Contessa mean? '” Garten wrote on her blog back in 2018. “It was the original name of my specialty food store after a movie with Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart. But for me, it means being both elegant and earthy…”

What is the order of Ina Garten's cookbooks? ›

Ina Garten Books Overview
  • The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. ...
  • Barefoot Contessa Parties! ...
  • Barefoot Contessa Family Style. ...
  • Barefoot in Paris. ...
  • Barefoot Contessa at Home. ...
  • Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics.

What is the highest rated Barefoot Contessa cookbook? ›

1. Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (2020)

What brand of dishes does Ina Garten use? ›

If you're looking for a Barefoot Contessa-approved set, check out the Maison pattern from Crate and Barrel, a mainstay Ina has said she owns over the years. Another, pricier option is the White Dinnerware set from Pillivuyt, a French brand Ina recommends for serving ware as well.

Which is the best Barefoot Contessa cookbook? ›

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (2020)

We think Ina's newest cookbook is her best yet.

What does Ina Garten eat? ›

Ina Garten's 14 Favorite Go-To Foods
  • Omelet and champagne. Romualdo Crissi/Getty Images. ...
  • PB&J with lightly toasted bread. ...
  • In-N-Out Burger. ...
  • Pasta vecchia bettola. ...
  • Lemon capellini with caviar. ...
  • Creamy Parmesan polenta. ...
  • Italian wedding soup. ...
  • Three courses (rack of lamb, orzo with roasted vegetables, and French apple tart)
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What fast food restaurant does Ina Garten like? ›

However, that doesn't mean Garten won't eat out from time to time. While it may seem like you're likely to find her in a fancy restaurant eating a meal that's comparable to what Garten can whip up in her kitchen, you might actually catch her in a fast food restaurant, namely Shake Shack.

What food scale does Ina Garten use? ›

Oxo Good Grips Food Scale

Ina uses this Oxo food scale to keep everything precise — and delicious.

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