Insider has been talking to Michelin-starred chefs from around the world to find out what they love to cook at home.
They divulged their favorite 30-minute dishes and one-pot meals, plus recipes for breakfast, dessert, and more.
From lemon ricotta pancakes to cacio e pepe, here’s your ultimate guide of recipes by Michelin-starred chefs.
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Over these last few months, we’ve all been spending more time in the kitchen, including the pros behind some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants.
Insider decided to reach out and see just what Michelin-starred chefs like to whip up in their own homes, finding out their favorite recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert.
They divulged their secrets for the perfect gumbo and Korean braised short ribs, and kept our mouths watering with tales of handmade sushi rolls and cacio e pepe.
Whether you’re looking for easy one-pot recipes or can only spare 30 minutes, there’s sure to be something here that will get you excited for dinner.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not begin with some lemon ricotta pancakes?
New Zealand chef Josh Emett told Insider that the key to getting the pancakes right is making sure to rest the mix “for a couple of hours” and using powdered icing sugar to “make them a little lighter.”
“The cooking also needs to be controlled and slow to get the perfect color and crispness,” he added.
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When you’re tired of doing dishes, mussels are an easy one-pot meal that you can make in less than 20 minutes.
Ryan Ratino, the owner and chef of Bresca in Washington, DC, told Insider that he loves cooking mussels in ale.
“This dish is incredibly simple, but very satisfying,” he said. “You just need some garlic, thyme, parsley, butter, and a good ale.”
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When you’re dining solo, cacio e pepe is a great way to go.
“Cacio e pepe is the most basic of pasta dishes,” Emett told Insider. “But, when made correctly, it is sensational.”
The New Zealand chef recommends adding a little butter if you want your pasta to be extra creamy, but hold off on the salt.
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If you miss traveling, use food to transport you back to some of your favorite trips.
Lauren DeSteno, the corporate executive chef at Altamarea Group (which includes the Michelin-starred NYC restaurant Marea), told Insider she has been whipping up meals to remind her of a recent visit to Istanbul.
“I was missing that period of freedom, when we could go wherever we wanted,” she said. “I knew that making some Turkish dishes would bring me back there for a delicious moment.”
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Homemade meatballs are perfect for those nights when you need something extra comforting.
Ollie Dabbous, the chef at Hide in London, told Insider that the key to making great meatballs is the addition of a panade — a mix of bread, milk, and eggs.
“This softens the mix so they are yielding, rather than firm,” he said. “Of all the things I make at home, this is the most satisfying — and there’s only one pan to wash up!”
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Only got 30 minutes? Spaghetti aglio e olio will transport you to Italy in just 15.
David Shim, the chef at Cote in Manhattan, told Insider that he loves making this garlic pasta dish when he’s at home and just needs to “get a quick meal in.”
“It’s one of those meals that doesn’t take a lot of prep time,” he said. “And I’m sure everyone has garlic and olive oil at home.”
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If you’re looking to brush up on those cooking skills, quiche Lorraine is a classic dish that will impress your family and friends.
Emett told Insider that quiche Lorraine is one of his “favorite dishes of all time.”
“You can eat it warm or cold the next day, ” he said. “It’s also great for picnics or for a light lunch with friends, served with a very simple salad.”
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Pizza doesn’t just have to be for lunch or dinner — it also makes a great snack.
Chef DeSteno told Insider that she loves whipping up pizza on a flatbread or lavash wrap for a filling snack.
“This easy-to-make pizza is great when you’re low on time, or have some picky eaters to satisfy,” she said.
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If you’re looking for a new chicken dish, why not try Chef Daniel Boulud’s poulet à l’Estragon.
Boulud told Insider that he learned how to cook this dish in Lyon, France, when he was just 15.
“It brings back so many happy memories of being a young chef,” Boulud said. “This recipe will always be a summer favorite of mine.”
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Skip your usual hot dogs and hamburgers for barbecue night and throw on a steak with chimichurri sauce instead.
Val Cantu, the head chef at Californios in San Francisco, told Insider that chimichurri is one of his favorite “easy and super fast condiments” for steak.
“I’ll do parsley, cilantro, serrano peppers, and shallots with red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar,” Cantu said. “And mix it with olive oil, salt, probably the zest of one lemon, and then the juice of that same lemon.”
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There’s so much you can do with avocado, like taking a cue from the British and adding it to a shrimp cocktail.
Chef Paul Liebrandt, who is hosting virtual cooking classes with CocuSocial, told Insider that he’s loved this traditional English pub dish since he was a kid.
“I remember the pleasure of eating the shrimp with the avocado, the Marie Rose sauce, those flavors resonate,” he said. “They’re tattooed on your brain for the rest of your life.”
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Give your regular boiled eggs a twist by soaking them in a savory soy sauce marinade.
Junghyun Park, the chef behind Atomix and Atoboy in New York City, told Insider that he often makes this marinade for a big batch of boiled eggs, which can last in the fridge for up to five days.
“The recipe is great for a home cook of all levels, and of all family sizes,” he said.
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Splurge on some white truffles to make your pasta night at home feel extra special.
When temperatures begin to dip, Srijith Gopinathan — the executive chef at Taj Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco — loves whipping up a rich and creamy plate of tagliatelle with white truffles.
“It’s sinfully rich,” he told Insider. “A small bowl of it will fill you up.”
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A homemade tomato stew can be repurposed in a variety of ways throughout the week.
Chef Liebrandt told Insider that he loves using this tomato stew for everything from a sauce for pasta to a spread for fresh bread.
“I stew everything in a pot together for around an hour or an hour-and-a-half — depending on how big the tomatoes are — to remove excess water,” he said. “As a base it’s really easy to do and it’s all in one pot, so it’s really clean for cooking at home.”
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This bright and bold risotto with beets and Gorgonzola sauce will definitely impress on date night.
Chef Enrico Bartolini whips up this colorful dish at his eponymous restaurant at the MUDEC Museum of Cultures in Milan, Italy.
“I add alternating dollops of rich Gorgonzola cream, toasted walnut sauce, and tangy sour cherry sauce across areas of the plate,” he told Insider. “Walnuts and Gorgonzola are a classic combination, and the cherry adds another pop of color — as well as very rich bursts of sweetness and acidity.”
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Ready for dessert? How about some lemon drizzle cake.
Tom Aikens, the founder of Muse in London, told Insider that his wife and daughters are huge fans of this dessert.
“It’s a very quick and easy cake to make,” he said. “You just chuck it all in together and it’s done in a matter of minutes. Perfect for cheering up a rainy afternoon. This cake always brings the little ones into the kitchen to help ‘clean up.'”
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