10 Ina Garten Main Dish Recipes Perfect For Fall


  • Chicken for dinner? Try Ina Garten’s Chicken Marbella or Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.
  • Craving lasagana? Whip up the Barefoot Contessa’s Roasted Vegetable or Creamy Portobello versions.
  • Ina Garten’s Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Butternut Squash Risotto are fall staples.
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Ina Garten has a ton of great recipes that will put your fall vegetables to good use. Impress your family and friends this harvest season with any of these 10 delicious, easy-to-follow main dish recipes from the Barefoot Contessa that are perfect for when the weather turns cool.

10. Ina Garten’s Chicken Marbella will have you cooking ‘like a pro’

From Garten’s popular cookbook Cook Like A Pro comes her recipe for Chicken Marbella. This beginner recipe feeds six, and calls for two four-pound chickens, olive oil, red wine vinegar, pitted prunes, green olives, capers, bay leaves, garlic, oregano, brown sugar, dry white wine, and salt & pepper.

9. Store-bought marinara makes Roasted Eggplant Parmesan super simple

You won’t believe how easy Garten’s recipe is for the classic vegetarian dish Roasted Eggplant Parmesan. The result is an absolute mouthful of joy, and it will become your go-to eggplant dish. All you’ll need is eggplant, good olive oil, oregano, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, Rao’s marinara sauce, fresh basil leaves, mozzarella, garlic and herb goat cheese, and freshly grated Parmesan.

For the topping, Garten’s recipe requires fresh bread crumbs from a country loaf, garlic cloves, and fresh basil.

8. Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloins with Roasted Plum Chutney

The Food Network star’s recipe for Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloins with Roasted Plum Chutney comes from her book Cooking for Jeffrey. This simple, yet impressive recipe features pork tenderloin marinated overnight in a mixture of apple cider, maple syrup, and warm spices like cinnamon and coriander.

The Roasted Plum Chutney is an extra-special bonus that is a perfect complement to the yummy tenderloin.

7. Ina Garten’s Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Ina Garten’s Roasted Vegetable Lasagna is a fantastic make-ahead dish that does require some intermediate cooking skills and a few kitchen tools. You’ll need plenty of sheet pans, parchment paper, and a very large bowl filled with the hottest tap water. It all comes together in a 9×13 inch baking dish that needs to be at least two inches deep.

6. The Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate fall comfort food

Nothing beats a Chicken Pot Pie when it comes to comfort food in a cool weather, and Garten’s recipe is hands-down the best you’ll ever make. One reviewer said that this dish was so good, their “picky eaters — anti-chicken, anti-veggies, anti-gravy — all went back for seconds and thirds.” Just make sure you have oven-proof bowls on hand, and a food processor with a metal blade.

5. Another vegetarian option — Creamy Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

Yes, we included another lasagna recipe on this list because the Barefoot Contessa knows her layered pasta dishes. Garten’s Creamy Portobello Mushroom Lasagna is a decadent fall main dish that takes a bit of time to make and requires a lot of pots and pans. But the results are incredible!

Just be careful with the salt. Ina uses Kosher salt, which is much different from table salt. You can swap one for the other, but not in the same amounts.

4. Ina Garten’s classic Beef Bourguignon

If you want to challenge yourself a bit in the kitchen, we recommend Garten’s Beef Bourguignon. Just follow her directions step-by-step, and the results will be “amazing.” And be careful when using a match to burn off the alcohol!

3. Stuffed Cabbage – seriously don’t leave out the raisins!

Garten’s Stuffed Cabbage is a healthy fall main dish that is easier to cook than you think, and it has really amazing flavors. Some people prefer to “tweak” the recipe by leaving out the raisins. But if you follow this one to the letter, it’s absolutely perfect.

2. Feel like you are in Paris with Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic

From Garten’s cookbook Barefoot in Paris, her recipe for Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic will have you peeling three whole heads of garlic. However, Garten’s trick for getting the skins off will save you a ton of time and keep your fingernails clean.

1. Ina Garten’s Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash makes everyone feel like family

The Barefoot Contessa’s Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash comes from her Family Style cookbook, which features her favorite recipes for everyday cooking. This recipe will have everyone feeling like family because it is the perfect representation of an Ina Garten recipe —

“elegant home cooking with good ingredients and a minimum of fuss.”

The Barefoot Contessa airs Sundays on the Food Network.

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