Ina Garten Is 'So Excited' to Have Friends Over for Dinner Again — and Cook This 'Decadent' Pasta Recipe

Ina Garten shared her recipe for spring green spaghetti carbonara from her latest cookbook Modern Comfort Food

Ina Garten Cooking
Photo: Getty / NBC NewsWire

Ina Garten may love cooking for her husband Jeffrey, but she can't wait to return to whipping up meals for her friends, too.

On Thursday, the cookbook author, 73, shared on Instagram that she is "so excited" to have her friends come over for dinner again — and revealed the special recipe she hopes to cook for the occasion.

"I'm so excited to start thinking about having my friends for dinner again!!! (Once they're vaccinated!!)," Garten wrote. "I miss them so much."

The Barefoot Contessa star said she is thinking about cooking the spring green spaghetti carbonara as "everything around [her] feels like Spring."

The recipe comes from Garten's latest cookbook Modern Comfort Food, and can be found on her Barefoot Contessa website.

"I took a delicious - but very rich! - classic pasta dish and added crisp green vegetables like asparagus, peas, and snow peas that add a wonderful freshness to a decadent carbonara," she said of the recipe.

"Plus a nice chilled glass of Chablis and I think my guests will be very happy!!" Garten added.

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

Several of Garten's friends and followers raved over the recipe in the comments of the post.

"Looks so good!" wrote filmmaker Nancy Meyers.

Julianna Margulies added, "Yum! I'm coming over❤️"

While Garten hasn't been having dinner parties due to the coronavirus pandemic, she has been helping her fans through this time by posting easy, comforting recipes regularly on social media.

Of course, the online posts have also helped the Food Network star.

"It gave me a focus when we didn't have one and connected me with people who were really struggling," she told PEOPLE in September about her social media presence. "I think people liked that I kept it upbeat, even though we were all anxious."

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

Related Articles