12 Favorite Recipes of All Time | Cup of Jo (2024)





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Since launching the Cup of Jo weekly recipe series three years ago, we’ve featured more than 150 recipes, covering everything from Nutella banana bread to feta lemon dip. Here’s a look back at the 12 most popular recipes, if you’re looking for some kitchen inspiration…

12. Homemade fudge — with just four ingredients!

11. Crowd-pleasing guacamole with pomegranate seeds.

10. The best chopped salad.

9. Homemade pad thai that’s healthier than take-out.

8. Chewy brownies with salted caramel.

7. Avocado toast you can make in under a minute.

6. Grown-up grilled cheese with a secret ingredient.

5. Chicken parm meatballs that the whole family will love.

4. No-bake French silk pie to serve at summer gatherings.

3. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce to liven up weeknight dinners.

2. Rich chocolate ice cream just in time for hot summer days. (No ice-cream machine required.)

And the most popular recipe of all time is…

1. This lazy egg sandwich, which takes less than five minutes and tastes so good.

What’s your favorite thing to cook? Are there any recipes you’d love to see featured?








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October 11, 2017 9:48pm 9:48 pm

Wow! What a find this post is! Thank you so much for sharing— an’t wait to get cooking!


January 10, 2016 3:59am 3:59 am

All of these recipes look so delicious! Definitely going to have to try the pad thai (my favourite) and the salted caramel brownies!x



December 28, 2015 5:43pm 5:43 pm

These all look amazing but the pad thai sticks out for me!! I know what I’m going to be making from this list :)


September 7, 2015 11:20am 11:20 am

I love your best…ever series ever since I´ve discovered it. Your introductions are always funny and amusing to read, and the recipes are extra special. As I´m crazy for all things caramelized, I love the cheese sandwich with the onions.
Sinced you asked for suggestions: how about more savory tarts? An unusual tarte Tatin maybe? Steak recipes? These are my favorite things to cook. Maybe you like the ideas. Warmest greetings from Paris, Sabine.


August 25, 2015 12:21pm 12:21 pm

The grown up grilled cheese looks delicious. Actually, all of these look delicious… I must try a few soon! Thanks for sharing.


June 6, 2015 3:54pm 3:54 pm

Some fantastic food in this list. My favourite recipes are not just about the smell and taste but about the feelings they evoke and the memories they bring back. Such as the meals my Gran used to cook like her breast of lamb stew or the first the first meal I cooked for my wife, a trout with citrus fruit and almonds.


June 6, 2015 8:18am 8:18 am

These are good. Favorites include avocado toast and the egg sandwiches. I need to get on some of those desserts. They look amazing.


June 5, 2015 4:05am 4:05 am

I still regularly refer to your nutella banana bread recipe. It’s so delicious and easy to make! Though I’ve altered the recipe a little and use half regular flour, half whole-wheat :)



June 4, 2015 6:02pm 6:02 pm

I just made the Chicken Parm meatballs last night and they were so yummy – and picky boyfriend approved!


June 4, 2015 11:44am 11:44 am

Also – as a PS to my previous comment – more recipes that are refined sugar free, but still delicious. I have a real sweet tooth and love treats – but refined sugar makes me feel horrible. It’s been amazing to discover how you can enjoy naturally sweetened foods packed with nutrients such as raw cakes and cookies, that are secretly good for you too :D


June 4, 2015 11:43am 11:43 am

Gosh, I’m going to try the guacamole with pomegranate seeds. Two of my favourite fruits in one dip? Mindblown! Thanks for sharing <3

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June 4, 2015 11:41am 11:41 am

I love your recipes and it’s so good to see a reminder of them all!

I think it would be really awesome to see more plant-based recipes and even raw food ideas. I write about it on my own site if you’d like some inspiration – but these are often really delicious, refreshing and nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy. I made some fab raw chocolates recently that you might love!


June 4, 2015 11:12am 11:12 am

Aaaand now I’m hungry. I can’t believe how simple the four ingredient fudge is to make. I have all those ingredients on hand and I’m going to make a batch soon. Will tag you when I do! I also want to try the grilled cheese, chicken parm meatballs (genius), and the lazy egg and cheese sandwich.



June 4, 2015 9:04am 9:04 am

These all look so amazing! I especially love the caramel brownies!



June 4, 2015 9:03am 9:03 am

I have two personal fav’s, first the brown butter, Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt (TO DIE FOR). Second, the white cheddar, avocado, sriracha grilled cheese (too good for words)!


June 4, 2015 5:56am 5:56 am

I have to admit that this is one of my favorite sections of A Cup of Jo!!! And I ahd never tried avocado toasts until you shared them. Now I’m addicted!!!


June 4, 2015 3:24am 3:24 am

I have made the mushroom risotto you posted more times than I can count! It’s my go-to and it totally blew my mind that I could make risotto without being chained to the stove. THANK YOU. Can’t wait to try a few more of these recipes : )


June 4, 2015 2:12am 2:12 am

I’ve been looking for an extra dose of kitchen inspo. I’ve been recycling the same old recipes too much recently. Maybe I’ll start with the grown up grilled cheese :) It looks finger-lickin’ good!



June 4, 2015 12:55am 12:55 am

Thank you for posting! Saved under my Recipes :)




June 3, 2015 11:48pm 11:48 pm

The Nutella Banana Bread recipe that you put up a while back is still a personal favourite, but the best recipe that I have ever tried off of Cup of Jo is the Mini Vegetable Pot Pies! I still make them all the time. So delish.


June 3, 2015 9:00pm 9:00 pm

I’m obsessed with no-bake desserts, so that French silk pie looks amazing! I make the no-bake, gluten-free, vegan apple crumb bars all the time. You could swap blueberries for the apple to make them more summery!




June 3, 2015 6:37pm 6:37 pm

I make your crunchy roasted potatoes ALL the time, they are my absolute favorite with roast chicken and a salad- great new mom meal too!


June 3, 2015 6:13pm 6:13 pm

As I scrolled down I was basically drooling! All of these look so good, and that egg sandwich. I almost never eat egg but that looks good enough to try right now!


June 3, 2015 5:37pm 5:37 pm

Gotta check this out more thoroughly later :)


June 3, 2015 5:28pm 5:28 pm

So my mouth is watering now. These all look delicious! I want to try all of them! :) I love making my mom’s recipe of homemade pizza. It brings me back to my childhood, makes my family happy, and is delicious. :)



June 3, 2015 5:16pm 5:16 pm

So happy to see the egg sandwich in the list. I made one just last night, and have done so SOOOO many times since it was posted. I always picture the author describing her deli/bodega experience with egg and cheese sandwiches and being determined to figure out how to make one as quickly and easily at home. She nailed it, and thanks to her I have, too!



June 3, 2015 5:14pm 5:14 pm

Great post! How did you determine which recipes were the most popular??


Caroline Donofrio


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June 4, 2015 5:05pm 5:05 pm

Hi Meggles!

We looked back through our stats and counted up how much traffic each post had received. After crunching the numbers, these recipes received the most visits.



June 3, 2015 4:41pm 4:41 pm

I’m soooo happy to see all of these recipes and have them in one place – thank you! That grilled cheese is getting in my belly STAT, as is all of the other recipes, particularly anything involving chocolate.

Also, Deb Perelman is literally my culinary hero. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her and am so thrilled to see that her egg sandwich was similarly loved by your readers. Really, everything Deb does is GOLD IN YOUR MOUTH. :-)


June 3, 2015 4:18pm 4:18 pm

I booked marked this post because I HAVE TO make these asap! I like all of them!! Help!
I will be starting with that salty caramel brownie though it looks too good not to.



June 3, 2015 4:12pm 4:12 pm

THAT GRILLED CHEESE.. amazing. Makes you feel slightly less guilty adding in some kale.




June 3, 2015 3:56pm 3:56 pm

The recipe I have made the most from your site is the mushroom risotto—I am now a true believer that risotto does not need constant stirring, and this makes risotto an easy and relatively quick weeknight meal option. I’d love more recipes with tricks like this one.



June 3, 2015 3:30pm 3:30 pm

Where’s the chocolate pot de creme?? That has been the biggest hit. Hands down fav recipe from the blog!



June 3, 2015 3:19pm 3:19 pm

Made the chicken parm meatballs for a pregnant friend who was feeling lousy – yum! Still make the lazy egg sandwich regularly. Love these posts.


June 3, 2015 3:18pm 3:18 pm

The negative part about this post is not being able to eat them all instantly.



June 3, 2015 3:04pm 3:04 pm

Yum, i will be trying several of these soon.
Your green pea hummos is one of my secrets now, our guests always ask for the recipe!
I’d love easy recipes with veggies. Anything easy to make and real’ tasty will do in fact!


These all look so amazing. I make my own version of the lazy egg sandwich all the time, usually just a grilled cheese with an overeasy egg in it. If I want to be real fancy I sometimes dip it in spicy mustard.



Joanna Goddard


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June 3, 2015 3:11pm 3:11 pm




June 3, 2015 2:32pm 2:32 pm

I want to make all these recipes!


June 3, 2015 2:30pm 2:30 pm

I love the chocolate pudding, though its always taken me more than 15 minutes!



June 3, 2015 2:27pm 2:27 pm

I really, really need an excuse to make that French silk pie with the pretzel crust! Maybe I should host a party with nothing other than pie. Who needs a carefully planned playlist anyway?



June 3, 2015 2:25pm 2:25 pm

Our favorite is your best fish tacos ever, we make it every 4th of July!



June 3, 2015 2:16pm 2:16 pm

How could you forget the “best salmon tacos you’ll ever have”? It is the BEST thing we have ever made a staple. Once a week could not be enough for me…



June 3, 2015 2:09pm 2:09 pm

I ate that egg sandwich for breakfast this morning…so did my 1 year old who never likes eggs! It’s a winner.



June 3, 2015 1:58pm 1:58 pm

i’ve made the grown up grilled cheese endless times after you posted (and moved on to variations of it)! my husband calls it my “fancy grilled cheese.” it gets really fancy when when we get our favorite bread from our local bakery and cheese from the incredible “cheese of the world” here in queens. yes, it’s really called cheese of the world.


June 3, 2015 1:52pm 1:52 pm

These all look so amazing, especially the brownies and the guacamole!

Kristi | Be Loverly


June 3, 2015 1:48pm 1:48 pm

For us definitive the Nutella banana bread!!!! The kids love it and I think we have made it a million times already! Thank you again


June 3, 2015 1:46pm 1:46 pm

I will definitely have to try out that avocado toast. YUM! … And that chopped salad.

But I’m most curious about that cheesy egg sandwich now!



June 3, 2015 1:34pm 1:34 pm

Now I’m HUNGRY! That avocado toast looks to die for!

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June 3, 2015 1:30pm 1:30 pm

Omg yum! I know where I will be finding my shopping list inspiration this week!


June 3, 2015 1:26pm 1:26 pm

Avocado toast is so trendy now! And also so overpriced… Loved the make-at-home alternative you gave.

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Clari L

June 3, 2015 1:08pm 1:08 pm

I’ve been making the Nutella Banana Bread since you posted it and it’s always a hit! It smells so nice that no one can resist it.


June 3, 2015 1:06pm 1:06 pm

Wow! Will have to try one thing everyday.



June 3, 2015 1:02pm 1:02 pm

I’ve made versions of the lazy egg ever since you first posted it!!! Soooo good!! I use whatever cheese I have on hand and usually top the egg with sriracha- best breakfast sand which ever.


June 3, 2015 12:59pm 12:59 pm

Thank you so much for bringing back these fab recipes! I am copying every single one! I love Pad Thai and this one looks so easy…I will def make this one for as stay-in night with my boyfriend this week!! xo

adorn la femme


June 3, 2015 12:58pm 12:58 pm

inhave made those 2 in resident banana egg pancakes a lot!!! You always have the best and easiest recipes!


Joanna Goddard


Reply to Megan

June 3, 2015 3:12pm 3:12 pm

i’m so glad you like them! we made them this morning :)



June 3, 2015 12:48pm 12:48 pm

I eat the baked blueberry oatmeal every day for breakfast. I used to be a hard-core cereal eater and I’ve completely converted. Much healthier, cheaper, tastier! (Slightly more work, but worth it.)



June 3, 2015 12:43pm 12:43 pm

The chicken parm meatballs are the bomb and they are now on regular rotation in my house!



June 3, 2015 12:14pm 12:14 pm

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve made the lazy egg sandwich since you posted it! Yum!



June 3, 2015 12:09pm 12:09 pm

Those chicken parm meatballs are LEGIT. They quickly because a family favorite. But what’s YOUR favorite, Joanna?


June 3, 2015 12:08pm 12:08 pm

The grown up grilled cheese! I used that same article to get a blogging internship back in college. :)



June 3, 2015 12:05pm 12:05 pm

Thanks for the greatest hits edition! Your pancake and easy pasta recipes always are crowd-pleasers at my house, and I’m excited to try some new ones.




June 3, 2015 12:05pm 12:05 pm

This is my favorite, Jo: http://cupofjo.com/2013/01/the-best-crunchy-roast-potatoes-youll-ever-have/

I have made these about a dozen times since you posted the deets. Unbelievably good.


Joanna Goddard


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June 3, 2015 12:17pm 12:17 pm

so glad!!



June 3, 2015 12:04pm 12:04 pm

my go to recipe for banana bread is on this site. i just made some last night. another fav of mine is the roasted potato recipe. i’ve shared that with all my friends and agree it’s the best roasted potatoes!


June 3, 2015 11:59am 11:59 am

I’m cooking thru a Mexican Cookbook (trying to finish in a year) to get back to my roots after visiting family for the first time in Mexico City. Just two weeks ago I made a guacamole with pomegranate seeds, pears and grapes. It was so surprisingly delicious. I never even knew a guacamole style like that existed. Thanks for featuring such a wide variety of foods! I love taking some of those desserts and trying to make them dairy free. Stupid dairy allergy! Imagine . . . not being able to eat cheese!



Joanna Goddard


Reply to Maggie

June 3, 2015 12:18pm 12:18 pm

what a fun idea!!


June 3, 2015 11:52am 11:52 am

I love your recipes. My favourite so far has been the cacio e pepe, which I make far too often.

Sarah x


June 3, 2015 11:47am 11:47 am

When you first posted that egg sandwich I made it practically every day for a few months!



June 3, 2015 11:46am 11:46 am

I love so many of these recipes, but I’m baffled that the chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt are not on the most popular list! I have tried so many (seriously, so many) chocolate chip cookie recipes and I always come back to this recipe. The cookies are perfect.



June 3, 2015 11:38am 11:38 am

i have been making a zucchini quesadilla recipe of Martha’s for weeks and loving it. i add cumin or taco seasoning mix to the veggies, and i’ve played with adding in squash, black beans, omitting the corn if i’m out, it’s super customizable. serve with plain greek yogurt mixed with a little pickled jalapeno juice, and a bowl of salsa! unbeatable.


June 3, 2015 11:35am 11:35 am

The healthier options are to make me feel better about wanting to dive into the fudge right now, aren’t they?

I know they are.



June 3, 2015 11:33am 11:33 am

Oh goodness! My stomach is literally growling! Can it be lunchtime yet?

Her Heartland Soul


June 3, 2015 11:23am 11:23 am

lately our two go-to meals are:
1. sweat shop style summer rolls: i have all the ingredients on hand, varied based on season, in a row and my husband and i will roll our own.

2. sweat shop style tacos: again with all the ingredients on hand, varied based on season, in a row and we stuff our tortillas (that is purchased at our local mexican joint). the main protein is usually lentils.

bonus: sometimes we nix mexican and make it middle eastern by making baked falafels, the concept is the same as above.


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