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 References

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The 51 Best Ina Garten Recipes of All Time (1)

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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Quintin Bacon/Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

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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QUENTIN BACON/COOK LIKE A PRO

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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Recipe Diaries

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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Lindsay Champion

Freelance Editor

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

FAQs

Was Ina Garten a White House chef? ›

For over 20 years, Ina Garten has shared her comforting and foolproof recipes with the world through her beloved cookbooks and "Barefoot Contessa" show. But before becoming a Food Network star, Garten wrote budgets at the White House and ran a Hamptons grocery store.

Did Ina Garten sell Barefoot Contessa? ›

Garten ran the Barefoot Contessa store for 18 years — eventually moving it from Westhampton Beach to a bigger location in East Hampton — before she sold it to two of her employees in 1996. Three years later, Garten published her first cookbook with recipes from her store. Then, Food Network came calling.

Are Ina Garten's recipes good? ›

The Barefoot Contessa's simple, meticulously tested recipes have helped drag me out of every cooking rut I've ever found myself in. Happily for all of us, Garten has shared a number of her recipes (and cooking tips) with Food & Wine.

What is the simplest dish in the world to cook according to Ina Garten? ›

The Simplest Dish In The World To Make, According To Ina Garten. After testing recipes for various projects all day, Ina Garten prefers to make something simple, quick, and ready straight out of the oven. Her favored dish is roast chicken.

Did Jeffrey Garten serve in Vietnam? ›

He also served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1972, during the Vietnam War, holding the rank of Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division and Captain and aide-de camp to the commanding general of the US Special Forces.

Why didn t Ina Garten have kids? ›

Garten, who married husband Jeffrey nearly 55 years ago when she was 20 years old, said that her own childhood is the main reason why she didn't want to expand her family. “I'm actually writing a memoir right now and it's kind of looking back at my childhood. It was nothing I wanted to recreate,” she shared.

Which president did Ina Garten cook for? ›

One of those places was Washington, D.C., where Garten worked as a budget analyst for presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Does Ina Garten have a college degree? ›

Ina Garten once worked in the White House and worked her way up, which eventually put her in charge of writing the nuclear budget for the United States. She also managed to earn her MBA from George Washington University at the same time. Despite her success, she decided she wanted a different life.

Is Martha Stewart friends with Ina Garten? ›

Martha Stewart and Ina Garten were friends before her appearance on Martha Stewart Living. "I first met Ina Garten about 10 years ago while I was shopping in the Barefoot Contessa," Martha Stewart shared as she introduced viewers to her longtime friend on the 1999 episode of "Martha Stewart Living."

How rich is Ina Garten? ›

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ina Garten's net worth in 2024 is estimated at $60 million. When combined with that of her husband Jeffrey, that amount is estimated at a whopping $120 million.

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.

Does Ina Garten use a microwave? ›

In addition to quick oatmeal, Ina Garten has also been known, on occasion, to use her microwave for simplifying what are usually more complicated cooking techniques. For example, she uses her microwave to not only melt butter but make clarified butter, in which the milk solids have been removed.

What is the hardest chef dish to make? ›

The 10 toughest dishes in the world
  1. Consommé Devilish dish: A clear soup made from meat, tomato, egg whites and stock, slowly simmered to bring impurities to the surface for skimming. ...
  2. Turducken. ...
  3. Béarnaise sauce. ...
  4. Baked Alaska. ...
  5. Croissants. ...
  6. Soufflé ...
  7. Macarons. ...
  8. Beef wellington.
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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.

What is Ina Garten best known for? ›

She is host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and was a former staff member of the Office of Management and Budget. Among her dishes are Perfect Roast Chicken, Weeknight Bolognese, French Apple Tart, and a simplified version of beef bourguignon.

Why do people love Ina Garten? ›

Garten, a TV host and prolific cookbook author, has a brand that melds aspirational and accessible, contributing to a diverse fan base: rich women in fur coats who appreciate her show, truck drivers who profess a love of her books as they drive by and, more recently, the 1.6 million people who follow her on Instagram.

What president did Ina Garten cook for? ›

Did you know Ina Garten used to work at the White House? The celebrity chef and queen of the coastal grandmother aesthetic worked in the Office of Management and Budget during the Ford and Carter administrations.

What did Ina Garten do before Barefoot Contessa? ›

Ina Garten

In 1978, I was working in the White House Office of Management and Budget and thinking, I've got to do something more creative and fun than writing nuclear energy budgets! I came across an ad in the New York Times for a specialty food store for sale in the Hamptons and I decided to investigate.

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