Food: 12 of Ina Garten's Best Spring Recipes for Your Easter Feast

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What’s not to love about spring? With fresh florals and warmer temps, everything changes — the weather, our home decor, even what we eat. Out with the heavier, comfort-food dishes (though we’ll still be relying on Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food when the cravings hit) and in with fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies, like radishes, asparagus and rhubarb. And who better to turn to than the Barefoot Contessa for the best spring recipes?

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Spring is Garten’s favorite time of the year, especially in her garden, where she grows lettuce, chives and so much more. It’s also the time of the year she comes through with plenty of springtime party planning tips, because, as we all know, Easter’s around the corner, meaning family gatherings and plenty of food to keep guests full.

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One of our favorite tips from Garten is to prepare dishes that’ll wow your guests without leaving you with a mess (and a meltdown) in the kitchen, and we have just the dishes that won’t stress you out and are guaranteed to please everyone.

Ahead, we’ve gathered all of Ina Garten’s best spring-time recipes to make for family and friends at your upcoming Easter feast.

Asparagus & Prosciutto Bundles

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Asparagus season is between February and June, with April being the peak, so this veggie is a must-have in your spring dishes. This intermediate recipe serves six and is the most decadent asparagus dish you’ll probably ever have, as its co-stars include prosciutto, white truffle butter, and Gruyère cheese.

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Raspberry Rhubarb Crostata

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Prime rhubarb season runs from April to June, so stock up once it hits the produce aisle. Then, immediately go to work whipping up this rhubarb crostata, which has a fruity filling that includes raspberries and orange zest and juice.

Get the recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

White Pizzas with Arugula

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In the early spring and in the fall, arugula is back in season, so why not load up a white pizza with this leafy veggie? Garten’s white pizza recipe is quick and easy, especially if you opt for storebought dough.

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Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

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On cooler spring nights, a veggie-packed stew is in order. This particular lamb stew is filled with onions, turnips, green peas, potatoes, rosemary, thyme, tomatoes and garlic.

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Spring Green Risotto

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With a five-out-of-five star rating and over 160 reviews, this spring green risotto is one of Garten’s most popular spring dishes — and for good reason. With chopped leeks, fennel, Arborio rice, asparagus, and peas, this bowl of risotto doesn’t skimp on the spring veggies.

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Radishes with Butter & Salt

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It doesn’t take much to throw together a tasty radish dish. Sometimes, it’s as easy as placing sliced radishes atop buttered French baguette, as this radishes with butter and salt recipe by Garten calls for.

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Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

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At your next dinner party, really impress your friends with this refreshing, not-too-filling warm goat cheese salad. It just takes 15 minutes, and you can brag that you made the dressing from scratch.

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Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

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The orzo and veggies, including eggplants, bell peppers and onions, definitely shine in this perfectly balanced dish. Once you toss in the pine nuts, feta, scallions and the light, lemony dressing, you’ll be going in for seconds and thirds and…

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Parmesan Chicken

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Considered a fan favorite, this parmesan chicken recipe has a five-out-of-five star review with nearly 550 reviews. The best part? It takes just 30 minutes to make, leaving you with juicy, parmesan-crusted chicken breasts topped with a lemon vinaigrette-dressed salad in the same amount of time it takes to watch and episode of Barefoot Contessa while you cook.

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Parmesan Primavera

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This parmesan pasta combines all your favorite spring veggies, including peas, bell peppers, and carrots, as well as mint, parmesan and even goat cheese. Drizzled with olive oil, you’ll devour the bowl in one minute flat.

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Strawberry Tarts

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Gather the kids for this one because not only is this a dessert they’ll love helping you prepare and decorate with sliced strawberries, but they’ll also love licking the spatula clean of the raved-about cream filling used in this strawberry tart dessert.

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Strawberry Country Cake

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Sure, strawberries are pretty much always in season, but this light, flavorful strawberry country cake screams spring. Make it for Easter, make it on a random Sunday — just do yourself a favor and make it.

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Spring is arriving, and that means we’re also getting all those gorgeous springtime fruits and veggies. From things like fresh asparagus to crisp baby lettuce to early-season strawberries, spring produce can help transition those cozy winter dishes into something lighter for the new season. These spring recipes include plenty of healthy salads that would be the perfect weeknight side or make-ahead lunch. Or if your family loves a plate of pasta, you can add a touch of spring with some homemade parsley pesto. You can take advantage of those first warm spring nights by firing up the grill and cooking chicken, shrimp, or even cheese (yes, you can grill cheese!). Other recipes will be the perfect thing for your Easter brunch or Easter dinner, especially when you arrange them around a gorgeous spring centerpiece. These recipes will please any crowd, including some of the picky eaters you might have at home. Even vegetable haters might have to change their mind once you whip up one of these easy recipes. But there’s plenty besides vegetables to enjoy: we’re talking creamy spreads, lavender-infused desserts, and delicious ham. And just because it’s spring, that doesn’t mean you have to forget about your favorite soups. Additions like lemon and fresh herbs make them perfect for the season. In addition to making some of these spring recipes, you can also welcome spring into your life with some fresh home decor, a new wreath, or even a pastel manicure. After a long winter, we’re more than ready to welcome spring with open arms.

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