The 22 Most Popular Instagram Recipes Of 2022

There's a whole lot of mac and cheese and mashed potatoes on this list. Are we OK?
Butter Be Ready/Minimalist Baker/Half Baked Harvest

I’ve always been the type of person who takes note of what everyone else is eating (I can still remember my dad’s exact Olive Garden order, and that my brother always purposely left soda caps unscrewed in the fridge, because he didn’t like carbonation).

Similarly, I can see what all of you are eating and craving by looking at the most-liked recipes on the HuffPost Taste Instagram account ― and it gives me an idea of how you’re all doing, too. If pasta and chocolate cake are trending, things must be dire. If smoothies and salads are getting the clicks, it’s probably January, when resolutions are top of mind.

So in looking at the 22 most popular recipes of 2022, it’s clear we’ve been through it this year. In all my years of compiling this annual list, I’ve never seen a selection so thickly packed with comfort food ― bolognese, tomato soup, ham and cheese croissants, pierogies, and several iterations of macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes.

Take a look at the list below and give some of them a try. There’s a reason these are favorites, so here’s hoping they bring a little light into your life.

Hummingbird High
Small Batch Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
We love a small-batch baking recipe, because it's perfect for those who live alone or just don’t want a lot of leftovers to go stale.
Minimalist Baker
Simple But Perfect Vegetable Soup
We also love ourselves a big old bowl of health, and this is exactly that.
Grandbaby Cakes
Mint Chocolate Cake
This Grinchy cake is the perfect slightly unconventional holiday dessert.
Damn Delicious
The Perfect Mashed Potatoes
You could just look at these gorgeous mashed potatoes all day, or you could make them (and eat them).
Half Baked Harvest
Sage Brown Butter Pumpkin Pasta Alfredo
Get ready to see a lot of recipes from Half Baked Harvest on this list. This one is so beautiful that it will haunt you in your dreams.
Damn Delicious
Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders
Our readers loved this non-boring way to use up leftover turkey and cranberry sauce.
Brown-Eyed Baker
Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins and Walnuts
If you’ve never tried baked oatmeal, now’s the time to start. This is a great recipe for weekend!
Completely Delicious
Brown Butter Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
When faced with the choice of “trick or treat?” this October, our readers chose these.
Half Baked Harvest
Easiest No-Boil Brie Mac and Cheese
There are simply no words.
How Sweet Eats
Leftover Roasted Turkey Ramen
This was another favorite after Thanksgiving, but would be great any time of year.
Half Baked Harvest
Crockpot Cheesy Mashed Potatoes With Caramelized Onions
The perfect way to make mashed potatoes when you've already got pots on all the burners of the stove.
Grandbaby Cakes
Pecan Pie Upside Down Cake
Can't decide between pie and cake? No need.
Half Baked Harvest
Sweet Potato Cheddar Pierogi With Bacon Bits
Is the comfort food theme becoming clear yet?
Butter Be Ready
Easy Stovetop Mac And Cheese
The blue box cannot compare.
How Sweet Eats
Ham And Swiss Puff Pastry Twists
It’s like the best ham and cheese croissant you’ve ever eaten, but it threw a huge party and invited all its friends.
Feasting At Home
Mushroom Risotto With Frizzled Leeks
If you haven’t even thought about risotto since the 1990s, it’s time to get back on that horse.
Half Baked Harvest
Chewy Frosted Cinnamon Swirl Snickerdoodles
These will be the hit of your cookie swap, and we'll be making them all year long.
Butter Be Ready
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
This version featuring a dark seasoned roux is loads better than any we’ve made before. Tell us why we only make it at Thanksgiving?
Pinch Of Yum
Chicken Orzo Tomato Soup
This recipe is exactly like one from a now-closed Manhattan soup shop that we’re obsessed with. It's in our bookmarks!
The Woks Of Life
Chinese Spaghetti Bolognese
A much-needed twist on a familiar classic.
I Heart Umami
Sha Cha Chicken
This recipe takes just 10-15 minutes to make, and is loaded with gingery, garlicky goodness.
Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Garlic Alla Vodka Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
This was the big winner, posted in October during prime spaghetti squash season. We bet you can still find some at the store now so you can give it a try.

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