After a long day, there is nothing better than coming home to make an easy and delicious dinner. Ina Garten (AKA The Barefoot Contessa) is once again our culinary hero, showing us how to master the basics and elevate our weeknight dinners with little time and fuss. From the easiest one-pan wonders and make-ahead marinades to pastas and salads with simple and fresh ingredients, this is how we want to eat every day of the week.
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Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken
This skillet-roasted take on a classic Ina Garten recipe, lemon chicken, pairs perfectly with a peppery arugula salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio. It’s special enough for a Sunday supper, but easy enough to enjoy any night of the week.
Roasted Italian Meatballs
One of the most comforting Italian classics, make a big batch of these classic roasted meatballs to use in a variety of dishes throughout the week. Paired with spaghetti and tomato sauce or served on a crunchy ciabatta roll as a sandwich, they’ll satisfy the family all week long.
Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel
This comforting recipe from Ina Garten requires just one-dish for minimal fuss, but the end result is heavenly. The combination of sweet Italian sausage, cream, white wine and fennel is both familiar and sophisticated and is a welcome end note to a busy weekday.
Garlic and Herb Roasted Shrimp
An Italian restaurant-quality dish of succulent, garlicky shrimp with just a few ingredients and minimal fuss.
True, meatloaf does take some prep work, but once you’ve sauteed the veggies and thrown the ingredients together, it’s into the oven and on to other things. It also makes for fantastic leftovers all week, whether used in sandwiches or sliced and enjoyed with a salad and side of classic mashed potatoes. Plus, you can enjoy happily knowing that this lighter turkey version of meatloaf is less indulgent than the classic beef recipe.
Roasted Salmon Tacos
Give taco night a healthy makeover with succulent, roasted salmon, creamy avocado and a refreshing cabbage slaw. This impressive meal comes together surprisingly quickly and is bursting with fresh summery flavours.
Bangers and Mash
A classic British dinner, this recipe pairs the sausage of your choice with Ina’s creamy mashed potatoes, made with creme fraiche and coarse mustard for flavour.
Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloins
Marinating this succulent pork overnight makes a luxurious and speedy weeknight dinner the next day. Here, pork tenderloin gets a marinade of cider, maple syrup, freshly ground herbs, ginger and rosemary leaves. Are you drooling yet?
Roast Chicken with Radishes
This chicken dinner from Ina Garten isn’t a quick dish per say, but one of those perfect sheet-pan recipes with very little hands-on time so you can do other tasks while this roasts away in the oven.
Crusty Baked Shells and Cauliflower
All of the creamy goodness of Ina Garten’s cauliflower gratin comes together in this cheesy pasta bake. Capers and garlic add flavour and three types of cheese make for a comfort food delight.
Pasta, Pesto and Peas
With a little forethought and the right ingredients on hand, this vibrant pesto takes no time to get on the table. Once you have the recipe down, you’ll want to put it on everything, from chicken sandwiches to scrambled eggs.
Spicy Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti
Lean ground turkey, prosciutto, Italian pork sausage and a spiced bread mixture make the base for these mouth-watering meatballs. Top spaghetti with lots of marinara and meatballs, and serve with freshly grated Parmesan.
Broccoli With Bow Ties and Peas
This vibrant and healthy pasta packed with greens is perfect on its own for a light meal, or served with a piece of roasted chicken or fish. You’ll want to make sure you have lots of leftovers for lunch the next day.
This amazing recipe is almost as easy as boiling pasta, with the addition of butter, lemon and freshly ground black pepper. Ready in under 15 minutes, this simple bowl of pasta will satisfy the kid in all of us and is one of Ina Garten’s fastest and easiest dinners.
Lemon Chicken Breasts
This lemon chicken is a quick and easy weeknight dinner, served alongside a hearty grain, seasonal veggies or summer salad.
Herbed Orzo with Feta
Orzo, a silky rice-shaped pasta, is a revelation. It cooks up light and is so versatile with just a few fresh ingredients like this Mediterranean-inspired recipe with herbs, lemon, cucumber and feta.
Crunchy Noodle Salad
This is another recipe where you’ll want to make sure your pantry is well stocked with go-to Asian ingredients like sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame seeds and fresh ginger. This salad has so many delightful layers of flavour and texture, including crunchy sugar snap peas, red bell peppers and scallions.
Mac and Cheese recipe
Classic mac and cheese is kicked up a few notches thanks to sharp cheddar, grated Gruyère, fresh tomatoes, ground nutmeg and bread crumbs. An easy comfort food fave you can pull together any day of the week.
Baked Shrimp Scampi
Tender shrimp are tossed in butter, garlic and lemon juice then baked with panko bread crumbs in this rich and flavourful dish.
Fettuccine with White Truffle Butter and Mushrooms
This creamy 30-minute meal tastes more like a satisfying Sunday dinner. Fettuccine noodles are smothered in a simple combination of cream, truffle butter, sauteed mushrooms, Parmesan and chives, then topped with more Parm for good measure.
Salmon with Lentils
A flavourful lentil mixture is topped with tender, juicy salmon fillets in this satisfying dinnertime meal.
Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic
This flavour-packed main dish is ready in just over 30 minutes, making it ideal for weeknight dinners or last-minute entertaining. The sauce is what really sets this dish apart, made with garlic, Cognac and cream. It’s the perfect comforting fall supper.
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage
Orecchiette is the perfect pasta to pair with San Marzano tomatoes, nutty broccoli rabe, fresh Parmesan cheese, and a combination of sweet and hot Italian sausage. This is a tasty, comforting and satisfying meal that’s ready in under an hour.