Ina Garten Admits She Doesn’t Cook for Herself, She Eats This Treat Solo

Ina Garten has to cook a lot, given it’s part of her job. But what does the Barefoot Contessa star do when she’s the only person eating at home? She admitted she doesn’t cook for herself, but she makes this treat instead.

Ina Garten admits she doesn’t cook for herself 

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Many people think cooking for just one person is either too hard or not worth it. It can take a good amount of time and effort; then the meal might leave you with too much food that’ll spoil if not finished in time. Fans might assume Garten has no problem cooking for herself, but she also doesn’t do it.

“I would never make a meal just for myself—I wouldn’t even begin to think about it! Avocado toast with a fried egg is about the most extravagant thing I’d make,” she told Bon Appetit as part of “The Grocery List” in 2017.

“The rest of the time, I go out to dinner or pick up something from a local store like Loaves & Fishes, which has a huge, wonderful menu of delicious things like orange-roasted salmon, beef stew, and Parmesan chicken,” she added.

Garten said she usually saves her cooking for the weekend when she’s with her husband. Sometimes she tests recipes 25 times so it’s understandable why she would cut corners when she’s the only one eating.

Ina Garten’s avocado toast recipe

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Garten has revealed in a game of “Hot or Not” for Today that avocado toast is one of her favorites. She explained she makes a mixture similar to guacamole for her toast. Garten said, “it has to be very well seasoned.”

Avocado toast is pretty simple, but Garten shared how she makes the snack. Barefoot Contessa reveals Garten likes a little spice with her toast.


  • 4 extra-large eggs
  • 4 large (½-inch-thick) slices rustic or whole grain bread
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Bring water to a simmer in your saucepan. Slowly add in your eggs with a spoon without cracking them. Leave the eggs to simmer for 6 ½ minutes. Remove them when done and cool them in tap water. Peel the eggs when they’re cool enough, then put them to the side.

Toast your four pieces of bread in the toaster. Make your avocado topping by mixing your avocados, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl with a fork. Put your mixture on your slices of bread with a knife. Put an egg on each piece of bread, cut in half, and top it off with salt and pepper. 

The treat shouldn’t take long at all to make. But it’s probably not that filling, so it’s not surprising Garten picks up more filling meals to eat when she’s by herself.