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10 Comforting Ina Garten Dinner Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

The temperature outside is dropping and Ina Garten has got you covered. Comfort food is a must in chilly weather, but that doesn’t mean that the recipes have to be hard. ‘The Barefoot Contessa’ has hundred of comfort food recipes that will impress your guests but are easy to make. Here are our top 10.

Ina Garten’s recipes will have you cooking like a pro, even if you’re a kitchen novice. If you’re looking for some dinner recipes to make this chilly winter, The Barefoot Contessa has got you covered. Here are 10 easy, yet impressive dinners that will warm you up when the temperature drops.

Ina Garten wears a blue shirt while smiling and toasting with a glass of wine
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1. Ina Garten serves her Beef Bourguignon over toasted country bread

To make Ina’s Beef Bourguignon, you’ll need a few kitchen tools. Make sure to have a dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, a slotted spoon, a large plate, plenty of paper towels, and matches. When serving, the Barefoot Contessa says to spoon the stew over toasted country bread smothered in garlic.

2. Baked Rigatoni With Lamb Ragù from ‘Modern Comfort Food’ is a decadent dinner

This easy pasta dish comes from Ina’s most recent book Modern Comfort Food. She recommends using De Cecco pasta when making her Baked Rigatoni With Lamb Ragù. Another tip from the Food Network star is that this dish can be assembled a day in advance and refrigerated. Then, you just bake it before serving.

3. You can use a shortcut to make ‘The Barefoot Contessa’s’ Chicken Pot Pie

Ina’s Chicken Pot Pie recipe features one for sure shortcut and one that you can choose to use or ignore. To make this beginner recipe super easy, Ina says to use a sheet of frozen puff pastry. When it comes to the chicken stock, you can use store-bought or make Ina’s recipe from scratch.

4. Ina Garten’s Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken recipe is a ‘foolproof’ dinner

The Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken is one of her favorites, and it’s foolproof. To make this dish, you’ll bake pieces of chicken that are covered in a crumbly mixture of panko bread crumbs, garlic, thyme, lemon zest, butter, Dijon mustard, and dry white wine.

5. Overnight Mac & Cheese is another make-ahead dish from ‘The Barefoot Contessa’

Take your mac and cheese game to the next level this holiday season with Ina’s Overnight Mac & Cheese. This is a great dish to make for a Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering because you put it all together the night before. And then bake it just before you’re ready to serve.

6. Lentil Sausage Soup will feed a crowd for dinner

Ina’s Lentil Sausage Soup is a delicious option for a dinner party menu. But, it’s just as good as a weeknight dinner all on its own with a side of crunchy bread. Serve it in a big bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.

7. Ina Garten makes Brisket with Onions and Leeks for her beloved Jeffrey

From her cookbook Cooking for Jeffrey comes Ina’s Brisket with Onions and Leeks. The key to this dish is sprinkling the brisket with salt, wrapping it, and letting it refrigerate overnight before putting the entire recipe together the next day. Ina warns against skipping that important step.

8. Tagliarelle with Truffle Butter can be a side dish or appetizer

We couldn’t have a top 10 Ina recipe list without including one that features her favorite ingredient — white truffle butter. Ina’s Tagliatelle with Truffle Butter is a snap to make, and it works as a side dish or an appetizer.


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9. Go ‘Back to Basics’ with ‘The Barefoot Contessa’s’ Mustard-Roasted Fish

It doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than Ina’s Mustard-Roasted Fish. From her cookbook Back to Basics, this recipe only needs fish fillets (red snapper is recommended), salt and pepper, crème fraîche, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, minced shallots, and drained capers.

10. Ina Garten’s Weeknight Bolognese is an easy dinner option

From her cookbook How Easy Is That?, Garten’s Weeknight Bolognese is another beginner-level pasta dish that will not disappoint. If you don’t have pasta shells, Ina says to use any dried pasta that you like. And if you don’t have cream or basil, you can leave it out.

The Barefoot Contessa airs Sundays on the Food Network.