10 of Ina Garten's Best Cook Like a Pro Recipes

Of all the shows Ina Garten has hosted, Cook Like a Pro is her most approachable yet. In this Food Network series, which has been on the air for several years, Ina tackles a certain list of basics per episode, like chicken, roasted vegetables, potatoes, and soups — all doable recipes intended for a millennial audience. And after taking a look at some of the popular recipes that reviewers swear by, you'll be inspired to get in the kitchen, too. You won't find any extremely complicated projects here, but rather back-to-basics, foolproof recipes from the always-reliable Ina.


Fig and Ricotta Cake

How gorgeous is this cake? The cake is rich thanks to ricotta and sour cream, and the fresh figs and lemon zest add brightness.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's fig and ricotta cake


Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Ina's roasted tomato soup calls for three pounds of fresh plum tomatoes, but you can totally substitute canned tomatoes to save time.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's roasted tomato basil soup


Roast Chicken

If there's one thing Ina Garten is known for, it's her roast chicken. She breaks down the easy-to-follow process on Cook Like a Pro and proves that anyone can make the recipe at home.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's perfect roast chicken


Fresh Peach Cake

Any peach cake is going to be delicious, but Ina's is so popular that it has a five-star rating out of more than 100 reviews.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's fresh peach cake


Warm Dates With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

A simple and flavor-packed appetizer is Ina's dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in prosciutto.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's warm dates with blue cheese and prosciutto


Chicken Thighs With Creamy Mustard Sauce

Ina Garten has a lot of chicken recipes. Yet another popular one is chicken thighs with creamy mustard sauce, which incorporates Dijon mustard, white wine, and creme fraiche.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's chicken thighs with creamy mustard sauce


Spinach and Cheddar Soufflé

Souffles might take a few tries to get right, but you're already in a good place if you start with an Ina Garten recipe. This savory souffle calls for parmesan, grated cheddar, and chopped spinach.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's spinach and cheddar souffle


Tomato Tart

You have to set aside time to make a homemade crust for this cheesy tomato tart, but it makes all the difference.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's tomato tart


Spinach in Puff Pastry

Cooking with puff pastry can be intimidating, but this recipe calls for frozen (defrosted) sheets of puff pastry to make things easier. With a mixture of spinach, gruyere, parmesan, scallions, and garlic, this is a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's spinach in puff pastry


Easy Parmesan "Risotto"

Making risotto means simmering stock on the stovetop and gradually adding it to a skillet of rice as it slowly cooks, but this Cook Like a Pro recipe swaps tradition in favor of ease. Here, you bake the arborio rice and chicken stock in the oven instead of constantly stirring, and then you add the parmesan, butter, wine, peas, and seasoning.

Get the recipe: Ina Garten's easy parmesan "risotto"