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

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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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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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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?

Barefoot Contessa

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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Tide and Thyme

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

Was Ina Garten a White House chef? ›

Garten was originally employed by the Federal Power Commission and later at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

What is Ina Garten most famous for? ›

The recipes that made Ina Garten Famous!
  • the ultimate chocolate cake. If you haven't tried this classic Ina Garten recipe yet, prepare to shove aside every other chocolate cake you've ever tried. ...
  • cauliflower gratin. ...
  • brownie pudding. ...
  • buttermilk bran muffins. ...
  • 1770 House meatloaf.
Mar 12, 2022

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.

What recipes are in make it ahead by Ina Garten? ›

More Books From Ina
  • Cranberry Martinis, 27. Jalapeño Margaritas, 26. ...
  • Bruschettas with Sautéed Chard, 61. ...
  • Cauliflower & Celery Root Soup, 54. ...
  • Caesar Salad with Blue Cheese & Bacon, 43. ...
  • Ham & Leek Empanadas, 70. ...
  • Easy Coquilles Saint Jacques, 133. ...
  • Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles, 148. ...
  • Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting, 199.

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 Ina Garten Religious? ›

Garten is Jewish by birth and heritage, as is her husband, but rarely refers to her religion and ethnicity, though they are showcased through the inclusion of classic Jewish cooking in her television show and cookbooks, when she makes such dishes as rugelach, challah, and brisket.

Does Ina Garten have a degree? ›

Garten then decided to discontinue her studies at Syracuse University and focused on cooking for her husband. However, Jeffrey pushed her to pursue her passions for business and cooking, and she later earned her degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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.

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."

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.

What white dishes does Ina Garten use? ›

She writes, "They both have a huge range of white china. For example, my large serving bowls are Crate and Barrel brand, and my Pillivuyt and Apilco dishes are from Williams-Sonoma."

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 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.

When did Ina Garten work at the White House? ›

I worked in the White House from 1974 to 1978 during the Ford and Carter administrations. I worked in the Office of Management and Budget on nuclear energy issues. It was very exciting for the first few years because your work was going directly to the President.

What was Ina Garten's position in the White House? ›

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.

What did Ina Garten do before she was a 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.

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.

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