Barefoot Contessa: 7 of Ina Garten’s Veggie-Packed Dishes for That Halloween Candy Hangover

Nursing a Halloween candy hangover? Ina Garten’s vegetable recipes are packed with produce. From Barefoot Contessa soup and salad to main courses, the celebrity chef makes fresh — and sometimes frozen — vegetables the star. 

1. Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is an easy Ina Garten vegetable recipe

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Listed among Garten’s soup recipes for fall is this simple take on a classic. Per her Food Network recipe instructions, it doesn’t take much to make the 5-star dish. The Modern Comfort Food author spends 15 minutes prepping the Barefoot Contessa vegetable recipe. About 90 minutes later she has homemade soup that’s perfect for a cozy fall day. Read: the day after Halloween. What’s more, Garten uses many Barefoot Contessa pantry staples

2. The Barefoot Contessa’s Greek Salad doesn’t get much easier

A Barefoot Contessa recipe Garten can make in her sleep, the Food Network star’s take on Greek Salad is all about fresh produce. She combines peppers (red and yellow), tomatoes, red onion, and feta cheese with a homemade vinaigrette. Best of all, it takes 20 minutes to throw together. Serve it with the Garten’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup for a post-Halloween meal that’s packed with vegetables. 

3. Orzo with Roasted Vegetables is a classic Garten vegetable recipe

This is the Barefoot Contessa side dish Garten’s made the most. Not only does it average five stars on Food Network’s website, but it was also originally featured in the cookbook Garten considers her favorite. A versatile dish, Orzo with Roasted Vegetables is ready to eat in an hour. And, of course, it’s packed with vegetables. 

4. Baked Spinach and Zucchini is a cheesy, creamy Barefoot Contess vegetable dish

A cast-iron skillet recipe, Garten’s Baked Spinach and Zucchini takes only 15 minutes to prep. The Barefoot Contessa simply sautees the vegetables, adds in some herbs, and tosses it all together with cheese, cream, and eggs. After 20-30 minutes in the oven, the vegetable-packed dish is ready to eat. 

5. The Food Network star’s Lentil Vegetable Soup has at least 3 different vegetables

This is a labor of love as far as Barefoot Contessa recipes are concerned. The Garten vegetable recipe takes just over two hours to prepare. Even though it takes longer to make than the average Barefoot Contessa dish, it’s still considered “easy.” Loaded with leeks, celery, carrots, and, of course, lentils, this soup recipe is perfect for a post-Halloween meal. Lastly, don’t forget to add in a splash of vinegar. It’s the ingredient Garten always adds to lentils

6. Garten’s Vegetable Pot Pie is an easy Barefoot Contessa vegetable recipe

Love Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie? Then try this meat-free version. Inside the homemade pastry is a variety of vegetables including asparagus, potatoes, carrots, squash, and more. Prep the dish in about 45 minutes then put it in the oven. 90 minutes later prepare for a cozy, vegetable-filled meal.

7. The cookbook author’s Roasted Vegetable Frittata is an easy post-Halloween brunch recipe

Feed a crowd with Garten’s frittata. The Food Network chef has multiple versions but this one, in particular, has lots of vegetables. Combining peppers and zucchini with eggs, cheese, and milk, Garten’s brunch recipe takes only 10 minutes to prep. How easy is that? Pro tip: Use whatever vegetables are in the kitchen. 

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