Ina Garten Shares Her 'Favorite Autumn Soup' — Plus 59 More Easy Recipes and Tips!

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Made with butternut squash, apples and apple cider, this recipe is Garten’s “favorite autumn soup,” she says on Instagram. “It’s very comforting.”

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Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Upgrade your after work happy hour with this drink that is just as delicious with or without bourbon. “It’s the perfect drink to warm everyone up when you’re having socially distant cocktails outside on a chilly night,” says Garten.

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Roasted Broccolini with Melted Cheddar

All you need is three ingredients — broccolini, cheddar, and lemon — to make Garten’s “easiest and most delicious side dish!”

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Skillet-Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

For this one-pan recipe, Garten lines her skillet with thinly-sliced potatoes then places the chicken on top to roast so everything is cooked in the meat’s juicy goodness.

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Applesauce Cake

Garten adds a boozy twist to her classic applesauce cake with bourbon soaked raisins and bourbon cream cheese frosting.

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“Tiramisu is the perfect summer dessert because it requires no cooking at all!” says Garten. Her spin on the classic Italian dish utilizes dark rum and espresso.

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Summer Garden Pasta

Grab all the ingredients at your local farmers market for an at home farm-to-table dinner! “I marinate cherry tomatoes in olive oil, basil, and garlic for four hours, then cook some pasta and toss them all together. So fresh and so delicious!” says Garten.

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Salmorejo Soup

This soup, from Garten’s new cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, is similar to gazpacho except slightly thicker since it’s pureed with bread.

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Cheddar Corn Chowder

Enjoy this quick chowder as the weather starts to cool down. “This is the perfect late summer lunch when it’s a little chilly outside,” Garten says.

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Lobster Pot Pie

Garten upgrades a traditional chicken pot pie by swapping chicken for lobster. This one-pan dish is full of vegetables and big chunks of lobster. “It’s scrumptious!” she says.

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Summer is the ultimate time to visit your local farmer’s market. Garten picked up some fresh corn from her  farmstand and made this dish with just two ingredients. 

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“Melons from the farmstand are so perfect right now you don’t even need a recipe!” Garten says. Simply slice your melon and top with thinly sliced prosciutto and drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Garten calls this meal “the easiest, most delicious summer dinner.” Complete it with steamed brown rice and tomato salad. 

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Fig & Goat Cheese Toasts

This quick and simple appetizer from Gerten’s new cookbook Modern Comfort Food (out Oct 6) requires only six ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make. 

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Peach Pie

The secret to Garten’s peach pie? Orange! “I added orange zest and orange juice, which makes the peaches taste..well..peachier!” says Garten. “It may be the best peach pie I’ve ever made.”

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Flag Cake

No big gatherings are happening this summer, but it’s still a great time to make a cake. Garten says this cake “is the perfect baking project with the kids.”

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Parmesan Chicken

Looking for a simple dinner? This is Garten’s go-to. “It might be the dinner I’ve made the most of all the recipes I’ve written! So easy and an entire dinner on your plate,” she says.

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Cacio e Pepe Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus makes the perfect summertime side dish. Garten says this version pairs extremely well with roast chicken or pasta.

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Avocado Toast

There are endless variations for avocado toast, but Garten’s version features a simple and delicious jammy egg — great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

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Chicken Pot Pie

Garten calls this homey comfort food “the ultimate one-dish dinner!” Store-bought puff pastry works just as well as homemade for the crust.

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Homemade Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jam is super easy to make (and only requires 4 ingredients!) “It’s my simple pleasure,” says Garten.

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Hot Dogs in Puff Pastry

Kitchen creativity at it’s finest. Elevate your hot dog experience by wrapping them in puff pastry then baking them. “No one was disappointed,” said Garten. 

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Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken

This recipe makes for a quick and easy dinner. “dip the chicken in a mustard & wine mixture, then into a garlic & herb panko mixture, and into the oven,” says Garten.

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Raspberry Crumble Bars

Raspberries and shortbread make the perfect combo. Instead of granola, Garten decorated this batch with old-fashioned oats and sliced almonds.

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French Apple Tart

You’ll be transported to Paris while making (and eating) this pastry. It’s the perfect treat to bake for mom on Mother’s Day.

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Emily’s English Roasted Potatoes

Garten gave her followers a super sneak peek of what’s to come in her latest cookbook Modern Comfort Food by sharing Emily Blunt’s family recipe. The potatoes were so popular that they crashed her site!

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Garten says that Sour Cream Coffee Cake should be a required food group for a pandemic, and we totally agree.  “It’s old-fashioned comfort food but this one is better than you expect!”

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Perfect Roast Chickens

This dish is great because it can be spread across multiple meals. Garten says this chicken is great in sandwiches, salad and soup.

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Maple Baked Beans

These spicy and sweet beans are a great way to use the red kidney beans in your pantry. This one-pot dish is a superb side.

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Easy Sticky Buns

Garten says even though these sweet rolls look difficult to make, they’re actually so simple! “if you can get your hands on some frozen puff pastry, they’re so easy to make.”

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Creamy Hummus

According to Garten, this hummus is the ultimate pantry recipe. “It’s light, silky smooth and topped with chickpeas, almonds, and smoky paprika,” she says. Serve with pita chips or veggies, or slather it on bread to upgrade a sandwich. 

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Potato-Fennel Gratin

Cheesy potatoes are exactly what the soul needs during this troubling time. The recipe is easily adaptable, AND Garten says if you don’t have fennel just use more onions.

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Raspberry Shortbread Hearts

Put your on your baking mitts and whip up a batch of raspberry shortbread hearts to help ease anxiety and spread a little love. “These days, in particular, we’re reminded that love is the thing that will heal us,” says Garten.

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Beatty’s Chocolate Cake 

Sweeten up your week by baking this decadent chocolate cake. “The coffee in the frosting that makes the chocolate taste so rich,” says Garten.

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Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Need a unique cooking project for the kids? Try making homemade marshmallows. “You think you know what marshmallows taste like until you make your own! Hot chocolate required,” says Garten. They also make for great s’mores.

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Mac & Cheese

Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and Garten’s overnight version is one of the best around. Gruyere, white cheddar and toasted breadcrumbs take things to the next level.

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Homemade Granola

Instead of diving into a bag of sugary granola from the store, create your own from items you have sitting in your pantry. Serve over yogurt, sprinkle over fruit or eat alone as a snack.

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Salmon Teriyaki with Broccolini

This quick one bowl dinner is healthy and satisfying. “If you don’t have broccolini, use any vegetable you can roast in the oven along with the salmon!” says Garten.

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Homemade Challah

The traditional Jewish bread is the ultimate “fun weekend project,” says Garten. Bake a loaf on Saturday, then use extra slices to make French toast on Sunday. “Everyone will be so impressed!” she adds. “The challah also makes the best PB&Js. (I just happen to know.)”

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Raspberry Corn Muffins

Add a fun spin to traditional corn muffins by using raspberry jam as a topping. “You can make the batter, refrigerate it, and just scoop the muffins into the pans in the morning,” says Garten. 

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Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken

In just an hour you can have a beautifully roasted chicken on the dinner table. “This is my go-to dinner any day but particularly now!” says Garten.

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Potato Pancakes with Fried Eggs

Potato pancakes are one of Garten’s ultimate comfort foods. This old-fashioned recipe is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Egg Salad Tartines

You may not be able to go to your favorite brunch spot, but you can pretend with these fancy egg tartines. 

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Penne alla Vodka

Use the vodka on your liquor cart for more than just quarantinis. “Most of this recipe comes from your pantry. Not classic Italian but who’s going to tell??!” says Garten. 

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Lentil Sausage Soup

Not sure what to make with the lentils in your pantry? This soup is a hearty, flavorful option. Omit the sausage and opt for vegetable stock for an equally tasty vegetarian-friendly dinner. 

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Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Comforting apple crisp is a great way to use up a surplus of apples in your house. “I mix tart and sweet apples for the best flavor and texture. But use whatever you have! I’ve never met an apple crisp I didn’t love!” says Garten.

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Spanish Pea Soup with Crispy Ham

Not sure what to do with those frozen peas you stocked up on? Behold this recipe. “It’s the fastest soup I’ve ever made,” says Garten.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Mix up your dessert game with these salty and sweet bars that kids will especially love.

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Irish Soda Bread

Bread making has quickly become a hobby for people in quarantine — so much so that there are yeast shortages across the U.S. Luckily, this bread recipe doesn’t require yeast or kneading.

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Broccoli & Bowties

Garten switched up one of her favorite pasta recipes since she was out of a few ingredients. She opted for broccolini instead of broccoli and used cavatappi pasta instead of farfalle. “This recipe is crazy easy,” the Food Network star said on her Instagram. The sauce is made from just four ingredients — lemon, butter, garlic & olive oil.

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Stewed Tomatoes and Lentils

“Everyone seems to have lentils in their pantry and not enough recipes to use them all!” says Garten. The chef has been making this simple dish for decades.

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Roasted Applesauce

A “beyond easy” sweet treat! Garten mixed some together apples with orange and lemon, and then roasted it in the oven. Serve it with a scoop of ice cream or a little drizzle of cream.

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Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

In need of a comforting lunch or dinner? This recipe is for you. Instead of making croutons, Garten made grilled cheese sandwiches to dip into the hearty soup.

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Tuscan White Bean Soup

Soups are not only the ultimate comfort food — they are easy to make in big batches and can last up to a week in the fridge. “For it to feel like a full meal, it has to be a hearty soup with lots of flavor and texture,” says Garten. 

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Weeknight Bolognese

“You probably have the ingredients in your pantry or fridge,” says Garten. This recipe is highly versatile — any choice of meat works well or sub meat for mushrooms to make a scrumptious vegetarian meal.

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Ramen Chicken Noodle Soup

Upgrade your package of ramen with this soup. “Nothing better for the soul – and your immune system – than a good hot bowl of chicken soup,” says Garten.

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Homemade Chicken Stock

When grocery store shelves are running low, make your own! This recipe provides you with a base for countless soups and stews.

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Overnight Belgian Waffles

Great for snacking or breakfast, these Belgian waffles can be topped with just about anything. Garten opted in for peanut butter and jelly while social distancing.

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Parents can get the kids active in the kitchen with this cookie recipe. “Little fingers are perfect for making the thumbprints!” says Garten.

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Potato Bacon Frittata

According to Garten, frittatas are a great way to clean our your fridge. You can put just about anything in a frittata, but this combo of potatoes and bacon is one of Garten’s favorite.

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