Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (December 26 – January 1)

2022 is almost a wrap, and there’s only one right way to celebrate in our book: with good food. Whether it’s just you and a few roommates or your entire family counting down to the new year, these seven dinners are sure to keep everyone feeling satisfied, merry and bright. (Oh, and these recipes are tasty on their own…but serving them with fresh bubbly couldn’t hurt.)

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Shopping List

1 sweet onion
16 garlic cloves
1 butternut squash
2 carrots
2 yellow onions
3 stalks celery
1 pound cremini mushrooms
1 lemon
1 white onion
4 poblano peppers
2 limes
2 bunches scallions
2 bunches thyme
2 bunches flat-leaf parsley
1 bunch radishes
1 bunch cilantro

3 ounces salami
5 ounces prosciutto
6 chicken thighs
Two 10- to 12-ounce boneless sirloin or New York strip steaks
1 rotisserie chicken

8 ounces burrata cheese
8 ounces spreadable herb cheese (such as Boursin)
2 sticks unsalted butter
6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

1 loaf crusty bread
5 ounces pearled farro
12 ounces campanelle or other short pasta

Canned and Packaged Goods
2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
4 ounces pesto
5 ounces olive tapenade
4 ounces quince paste
Cornichons, for serving
Marinated artichoke hearts, for serving
Pickled peppers, for serving
Olives, for serving
1 packet ranch seasoning
10 ounces dried 15-bean mix
7 ounces canned diced tomatoes
2 ounces dry white wine
40 ounces chicken broth
Two 14-ounce cans hominy

Pantry Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, all-purpose flour, vegetable oil, smoked paprika, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground caraway, ground cayenne pepper, harissa, ground turmeric, apple cider vinegar, dried oregano, bay leaf

Monday: Italian Bruschetta Bar

It’s the day after Christmas, so wouldn’t a night off from cooking be nice? All you’ll have to do to create this celebratory spread is caramelize onions, grill bread and assemble. If you can’t find it, substitute quince paste with apple butter, lemon curd or pear marmalade.

Tuesday: Parmesan-Ranch Chicken Thighs

If you have kids home from school, odds are you can use as many picky eater-proof dinners as possible. Try this seven-ingredient main on for size, which comes together in a single skillet in under an hour.

Wednesday: Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash and Scallions

Luxurious, creamy and soul-soothing—minus the nonstop stirring that traditional risotto requires. Chalk it up to nutty pearled farro, which turns tender in a flash thanks to the handy Instant Pot.

Thursday: Caramelized Mushroom Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto

You can never have too many 30-minute pastas in your back pocket, especially when they boast savory prosciutto, tender creminis, fresh herbs and white wine. Even the self-proclaimed mushroom haters at your table will get on board, trust.

Friday: Instant Pot Harissa Bean Stew

A flurry of smoky, fragrant spices is the key to this vegan masterpiece. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can easily use your Crockpot instead. (Or better yet, use canned beans instead of dry and prepare the stew on the stove.)

Saturday: Antoni Porowski’s Strip Steak with Harissa Butter and Parsley Salad

Send 2022 off with a bang in the form of juicy sirloin steak, slathered in spicy, citrusy butter. Not only will the dish wow any New Year’s Eve partygoer, but it’ll also only take you 20 minutes to prepare. Win-win.

Sunday: Mexican Posole

We have it on good authority that this Mexican soup, starring hominy, is a stellar hangover cure, just in case you hit the Champagne toast a little too hard this year. Let lime-kissed broth, shredded chicken and all the aromatics zap you back to life.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...