17 Ina Garten Recipes That’ll Impress Your Dinner Guests

The holidays may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean we’re relieved of our dinner party hosting duties. No way, because despite what you’ve read online, millennials did not kill the dinner party, and there are plenty of us out there who can’t get enough of the dinner party planning process, from nailing down the theme to curating the food and drink menus. And for the latter, we almost always find ourselves turning to chef Ina Garten for main course recipes. Why? They’re not only mouthwatering and impressive to guests, but they also don’t require the culinary chops of a James Beard Award-winning chef to make.

“What I’m always looking for is a remembered flavor,” Garten told The Kitchn in 2015 when asked for her best dinner party advice. And as it turns out, many if not all of Garten’s recipes have just that: familiar yet phenomenal flavor. For instance, Garten’s English rib roast may look complicated, but it’s actually an incredibly simple two-step process that leaves you with a juicy, perfectly seasoned piece of meat you can pair with a virtually endless list of side dishes.

So, let us save you all that time flipping through the Barefoot Contessa host’s many, many cookbooks or endlessly scrolling through her website for the perfect main course for your next dinner party. We did the work for you. Ahead, take a look at our favorite Garten recipes that are sure to impress your dinner guests.

English rib roast

For a meal that looks impressive but takes virtually zero work, Garten’s standing rib roast requires just a thick layer of salt and pepper and a couple of hours in the oven.

Get the recipe at Taste and See. 

Moroccan lamb tagine

Don’t own a tagine? This Moroccan lamb tagine recipe alone is worth the purchase.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.

Filet mignon with mustard & mushrooms

Advanced home chefs, this flavorful, decadent filet mignon with mustard and mushroom recipe will test your culinary skills.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.

Coq au vin

Coq au vin — chicken braised with wine, lardons, and mushrooms — may be one of the most famous French dishes, but it’s surprisingly not the most difficult dishes to tackle, especially if you carefully follow Garten’s instructions.

Get the recipe at Feed Feed. 

Lemon chicken

Garten’s juicy, lemon-infused chicken dish may be a beginner recipe, but it looks and tastes so great, your dinner party guests wouldn’t dare leave you with leftovers.

Get the recipe from The PKP Way.

Chicken thighs with creamy mustard sauce

Picture it: juicy chicken thighs with crispy skin, swimming in a creamy, wine-and-Dijon mustard sauce. Now, make it.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.


Pastitsio is a basically Greek lasagna with layers of meat, tomato sauce, pasta, and a creamy bechamel.

Get the recipe from Vodka & Biscuits. 

Beef bourguignon

This beef stew is not only easy to make, but it’s also a great comfort food dish to make on chilly nights.

Get the recipe at The View From Great Island. 

Brisket with onions & leeks

Purchase six pounds of brisket, sprinkle with salt, wrap it up, refrigerate it overnight; then, roast it for about three-and-a-half hours atop a mixture of onions and leeks.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.


Cioppino is an Italian-American fish stew dish that originated in San Francisco with of cod, shrimp, mussels, and scallops.

Get the recipe at Food Network.

Skillet roasted lemon chicken

Garten sure as hell knows how to make a roast chicken, and this roasted lemon chicken recipe proves it.

Get the recipe from The Hungry Hutch.

1770 house meatloaf

Food blogger The Food Charlatan described this Garten dish best: “It’s tender, moist, and flavorful. The delectable garlic meatloaf sauce makes it extra fancy and tasty. Pure comfort food.”

We second that.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.

Herbed pork tenderloins with apple chutney

You can’t go wrong with pork, more pork, and homemade apple chutney.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.

Slow roasted spiced pork

Onions, jalapeños, cumin, chipotle Chile powder, and more make this tender, slow-roasted pork downright irresistible.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.

Seared scallops & potato celery root purée

Carefully follow Garten’s steps to chef’s-kiss worthy scallops, and you’ll leave your guests truly impressed.

Get the recipe at Barefoot Contessa.

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