Arepas con queso

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

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Our 10 Favorite Recipes of 2022

The most memorable and delicious recipes we cooked this year.

"Pizza!" That's what all three of my kids claim to be the yummiest meal they ate in 2022. Here's the thing: we ate pizza last night, leftovers from a birthday party and it came from Dominoes. And just like that—poof!—my chef ego went up in flames. (I trained under a James Beard Award-winning chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant, but they clearly don't care.)

Despite my kids having the shortest memory and questionable tastes, I get it. The happiness we derive from eating certain foods cannot always be explained. Simply Recipes publishes hundreds of delicious recipes each year—all of them worthy of 5 stars in our eyes—and yet there are certain recipes that nudge our hearts and we make over and over again.

Here are the 10 recipes that Simply Recipes editors and contributors picked as their favorites in 2022.

Myo Quinn, Senior Editor

Bowls of Mercimek Corbasi (Turkish Lentil Soup) Topped with Greek Yogurt, Croutons, Pul Bibir Butter, and Parsley, and Next to It, a Small Bowl of Parsley, Slices of Bread, and Two Spoons

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

Mercimek Çorbası (Turkish Lentil Soup)

"This soup is plain delicious, but what really stands out to me is the pul biber butter. Now I bloom spices in butter and drizzle them over everything (toast, eggs, veggies, etc!)." — Laurel Randolph, Editor

Vegetarian Meatloaf on a Plate with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Vegetarian Meatloaf

"I've made this recipe four times since I tested it. It's soft, moist, and there's just a lot of umami flavors in it. I like using mushrooms and complementing it with plant-based meat. Even though it takes some time to prepare, it makes enough for six, with leftovers. My toddler loves it too!" — Apple Mandy, Recipe Tester

Close Up: Plate of Kai Jeow (Thai Omelet) with Cucumber Slices, Romaine Leaves, Rice, and a Small Bowl of Sriracha

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Kai Jeow (Thai Omelet)

"Kai Jeow is the fastest way to get those crave-worthy Thai flavors—salty, sweet, spicy, and umami—at home with little fuss. Even my fussy daughter loves it. Make sure your pan gets nice and hot before you add the egg so the omelet puffs up and sizzles. It's so satisfying." — Sara Bir, Senior Editor

Rasta Pasta with Jerk Chicken in a Pot with a Serving Spoon

Simply Recipes / Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse

Rasta Pasta with Jerk Chicken

"LOVED this recipe! Remember to give the chicken enough time to marinate. I couldn’t find a good jerk seasoning at my local store, so next time I’m going to be making my own ahead of time, pulling from this recipe—I expect it will take it to the next level!" — Andy Christensen, Art Director

Bowl of Vegan Butternut Squash Soup Topped with Thyme, Coconut Milk, Croutons, and Cracked Pepper, Sitting on a Kitchen Linen and Surrounded by a Bowl of Cracked Pepper and a Spoon

Simply Recipes / Katie Morford

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

"One of our editors—Laurel Randolph—alerted me to this soup just as it started dipping below 60 degrees in Los Angeles. It's the ideal winter recipe, with a shocking amount of flavor considering the unassuming ingredients (the secret is that you roast the squash in the oven beforehand)." — Ariel Knutson, Editorial Director

Arepas on a blue plate.

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

Arepas con Queso

"This recipe was a major win for this auntie! It was super easy (dare I say foolproof?!), and made everyone involved feel a little bit of "Encanto" magic. There were also a lot of fun ways for kiddos to get involved, from shredding the cheese to shaping the arepas. Win, win, win!" — Emma Christensen, Associate General Manager

Buttered Potato Rolls on Baking Sheet
Megan Keno

Potato Dinner Rolls

"Making these rolls is super satisfying and I love how the they stay soft, fluffy, and moist all day long. Don't forget the honey butter topping; it will bring a lustrous shine that makes these rolls so beautiful and photogenic." — Frank Tiu, Contributor

Bowl of Instant Pot Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Next to Instant Pot

Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu

Instant Pot Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

"I love Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, but it usually takes a while to make. This recipe, on the other hand, only takes 90 minutes with just an Instant Pot – now it's is a weekly favorite!" — Munni Pramanik, Contributor

Bowl of Creamy One Pot Pasta with Zucchini

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Creamy One Pot Pasta with Zucchini

"Thank goodness zucchini are available all year round! I've made this recipe enough times that I can make it without the recipe. Every time I made it a little differently—without cream cheese, with extra lemon, with peanuts instead of walnuts— and every time it's as delicious as the first." — Myo

Basque cheesecake in cake pan.

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

Basque Cheesecake

"Basque cheesecake always felt like the Everest of desserts even if it's seriously the easiest. This one is so creamy and delicious! Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. Any colder, you won't get a smooth cheesecake." — Myo