Okay, so it’s been a long haul. If you’re like most of us, you’ve been spending a lot more time than usual in the kitchen lately and the beauty of home cooking may be starting to wear a bit thin. That’s when we turn to Ina Garten. The Barefoot Contessa always makes us feel like putting back on the oven gloves and getting back in it! Approachable, easy, comforting—her style is anything but intimidating. In fact, Ina’s brand of wholesome American cooking and good humor reminds us of why we like to cook in the first place. In her recent spate of no-frills, shelter-in-place recipes, we find particular inspiration. And we’re not alone, since every one of the recent rock star dishes that follow received upwards of 100,000 likes on Instagram. And, if we’re all still worried about the time it will take to find our “new normal?” There’s Ina’s giant Cosmopolitan cocktail with our name on it.
The top takeaway from this recipe classic? The perfect way to hard boil an egg! Once cooked, they are easily chopped in a food processor, then mixed with relish, mustard, and fresh herbs to make an ideal topping for toast.
By combining no-fuss, four-ingredient potato pancakes with fried eggs, Ina partners a few simple recipes to make a full meal. Easy to adapt and simple to make, this the perfect dish for when you have only a few basic ingredients on hand.
This recipe classic is like a road map for how to create a great soup base. Mirepoix, herbs, stock, bay leaf, and a little pancetta to start things off—you can’t go wrong! And, with Ina’s notes for easy subs, this soup is easy to achieve.
In this pasta classic, Ina proves once again how canned tomatoes can contribute to a truly great sauce. Once prepared, the sauce roasts in the oven for 1 1/2 hours, becoming thickened and full of flavor.
Ina has perfected the art of cast-iron cooking and this recipe is no exception. The lemons caramelize alongside the meat and pick up its flavor, making them absolutely delicious to eat with the chicken.
Light and fluffy, not overly sweet, these easy-to-make jam-filled corn muffins are a special treat.