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By Grace Elkus
Updated March 27, 2018
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Her spread this year is elegant yet approachable—AKA we want to make everything.

Ina Garten is the queen of entertaining, so of course we’re always curious what she’s serving for big holidays. She recently posted her four-part Easter menu, and it’s even tastier (and more approachable) than we anticipated.

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Though we’d happily tuck into the Baked Virginia Ham, Parmesan Fennel Gratin, and Carrot Cake With Ginger Mascarpone Frosting, we’ve got our eyes on the Peas & Pancetta. The gorgeous green side dish requires just five ingredients—and the first is a box of frozen peas. Now that’s our kind of entertaining grocery list.

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Ina’s method is simple: heat olive oil in a skillet, cook a pinch of pancetta and a sliced shallot until tender, then add the frozen peas and salt and pepper until the peas are hot. Stir in some fresh mint, season again, and serve. Easy peas-y.

Okay, so now you’ve got one side dish down. Need to round out the meal? Luckily for you, we’ve done the sorting for you, and created a list of our easiest Easter recipes.