Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of January


I can't believe we're already on a twelfth path in 2024. January seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye and maybe that's because I've been busy taking care of my kids who keep passing germs back and forth. . So I've been eating Cheerios right out of the box — and, um, more cereal out of the box — because I don't have the time or energy to feed myself.

Meanwhile, the Simply Recipes community is cooking up a storm. Good for you! I am glad to see that you are continuing to raise yourself and your family. I look forward to seeing the recipes you come back to this year, and I hope you have a year full of good food.

In no particular order, here are the 10 recipes you turned to the most in January.

Just recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

1. Buttermilk Ranch Chicken

Our recipe editor Laurel Randolph created the five recipes in this roundup. Is it any wonder her recipes are so popular with Simply Recipes readers? Absolutely not! Let's start the lineup with Laurel's easy four-ingredient baked chicken. Marinate chicken pieces in buttermilk and a packet of ranch seasoning (like Hidden Valley) and bake. It's just as juicy and delicious as you think it will be!

Just Recipes / Myo Quinn

2. Anna Garten's Tuscan Bean Soup

This is the soup I turn to when I need warmth from the inside. This makes a big pot—enough to last you through a few meals. If you're short on time, use canned beans, store-bought stock, and premade pancetta.

Just Recipes / Laurel Randolph

3. 3-Ingredient Trader Jose Mocktail

Laurel's tart and fizzy mocktail hit a note in January with keep-it-dry and Trader Joe's fans. You only need three ingredients, one of which is Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Brew, a popular drink with a strong ginger flavor.

Just recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

4. Killer Spaghetti

The Tricks Bag of Simple Recipes is full of 30-minute weeknight dinners, and this mildly spicy charred Italian pasta is one you need to try. Cooking pasta in a sauce means it's full of flavor.

Just recipes / Ciara Kehoe

5. Dr. Pepper Cake

Here's a fun game: The next time you get together with family and friends, bring out this spice cake and have everyone guess the secret ingredients. When they discover that Dr. Pepper is what makes it moist, tender, it gives it amazing texture and flavor.

Just Recipes / Laurel Randolph

6. Italian beans and vegetables

Here's another 30-minute meal inspired by contributors Julie and Amy Luxemburg's Italian grandfather, who loved scarola e fagioli, a simple stew of escarole and cannellini beans. Get yourself a crusty loaf of Italian bread to whip up a bowl of these comforting beans and greens.

Just Recipes / Shilpa Iyer

7. Cioccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate)

I imagine this is what doctors should prescribe when it's freezing outside and you're feeling the winter blues. A few sips of the indulgent hot chocolate will lift you up! It's so creamy and thick, you'll probably need a spoon to help you drink it.

Just recipes / Ciara Kehoe

8. Sriracha Honey Chex Mix

Hot sauce lends some heat to this version of the ever-popular snack, balanced with honey and soy sauce. Use this recipe as a template as you see fit—Laurel also provides suggestions in the headnotes.

Just Recipes / Laurel Randolph

9. 4-Ingredient Spicy Margarita Mocktail

Laurel shares with our readers not just one, but two mocktail recipes she's been enjoying this month. While usually Trader Joe's drink concoctions are its specialty, this spicy margarita mocktail is for those who don't live near a grocery store.

Just recipes / Ciara Kehoe

10. Chicken Mochi with Cheddar Bay Biscuit Top

It doesn't get more comforting than this: a creamy chicken casserole topped with cheesy biscuits. This all-in-one casserole will give you all the texture you need in a complete meal.


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