Ina Garten knows how to plan a delicious menu to entertain friends and family, but the Barefoot Contessa star also makes it a priority to keep her recipes simple. Two of her favorite go-to side dishes are so easy and delicious, you’ll want them in your meal planning rotation for spring.
Garten shared her Easter menu in an April 1 Instagram post, which featured two side dishes perfect for entertaining.
“My classic Easter dinner: rack of lamb, parmesan roasted asparagus, and orzo with roasted vegetables! (The secret is how easy it is to make!!),” she wrote in the caption. “Plus coconut cupcakes you can decorate with jelly beans! Who wouldn’t love that?!! Happy holiday everyone!”
While demonstrating how to make her parmesan roasted asparagus recipe on the Barefoot Contessa cooking show, Garten shared that the vegetable can be served as a “very simple first course.”
“The myth about vegetables is the smaller they are, the better they are, but I really think asparagus that are thicker have so much more flavor,” she explained. “And oddly when you roast them, I think they’re tenderer than those pencil-thin asparagus.”
Garten’s orzo pasta salad recipe is full of delicious flavors and can be easily assembled for serving a crowd.