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The 50 Recipes You Loved Most in 2016

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This year's list of the recipes you turned to the most was partly surprising, partly totally expected:

  • No surprise: You love sweets and pasta (but then again, we give you a lot of recipes for them. This is a good friendship, isn't it?)
  • Our #1 most viewed recipe of the year was... drumroll... a chicken recipe!. Shocker (just kidding).
  • You also really, really like vegetarian recipes.
  • Speaking of, chickpeas are the sleeper hit of 2016. Dare we call them sexy.

Here are the 50 recipes that got the most attention this year (meaning, you favorited, saved, and commented on them a whole bunch):

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pasta pasta pasta

Danny Bowien's World Championship Pesto
Danny Bowien's World Championship Pesto
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna

Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna by Genius Recipes

Ina Garten's Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola

Ina Garten's Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola by Genius Recipes

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe by Sara Jenkins

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fet... by Sarah Jampel

chickpeas please

Zahav's Hummus Tehina

Zahav's Hummus Tehina by Genius Recipes

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad by Sarah Jampel

Stewy Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Feta

Stewy Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Feta by Alexandra Stafford

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less) by Sarah Jampel

pass the vegetarian dishes

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley by Genius Recipes

Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk

Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk by Alexandra Stafford

The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix)

The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix) by Genius Recipes

Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash Tart

Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash Tart by Vanessa Larson

Suzanne Goin's Slow-Cooked Cavolo Nero (a.k.a. Tuscan Kale)

Suzanne Goin's Slow-Cooked Cavolo Nero (a.k.a. Tuscan Kale) by Genius Recipes

Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese

Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese by Genius Recipes

Corn Fritters with Cheddar and Scallions

Corn Fritters with Cheddar and Scallions by Alexandra Stafford

Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale

Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale by Alexandra Stafford

Cheesy Tomato Pie

Cheesy Tomato Pie by Erin McDowell

Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta

Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ri... by Genius Recipes

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata by Josh Cohen

Roasted Mushrooms with Sherry + Creamy Polenta

Roasted Mushrooms with Sherry + Creamy Polenta by Alexandra Stafford

Caramelized Onion, Coconut, and Egg Curry

Caramelized Onion, Coconut, and Egg Curry by Kenzi Wilbur

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro by Sarah Jampel

Waverley Root's Agrigento Red Cabbage with Black Olives and Capers

Waverley Root's Agrigento Red Cabbage with Black Olives a... by Genius Recipes

Maria Speck's Shortcut Polenta

Maria Speck's Shortcut Polenta by Genius Recipes

okay, chicken too

Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Burmese-Inspired Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk & Turmeric with Sweet Potato

Burmese-Inspired Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk & Turmer... by Sara Jenkins

Burmese Chicken Salad

Burmese Chicken Salad by Giao Chau

Sheet Pan Roast Chicken and Cabbage

Sheet Pan Roast Chicken and Cabbage by Alexandra Stafford

Rachel Khoo's Sticky Malaysian Chicken with Pineapple Salad

Rachel Khoo's Sticky Malaysian Chicken with Pineapple Salad by The Curious Pear

and one fishy

Skillet-Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema
Skillet-Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema

you like breakfast

The Kitchn's Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes
The Kitchn's Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes
Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns

Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns by Genius Recipes

Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins

Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins by Genius Recipes

But baking, especially

Ooey and Gooey Double-Baked Chocolate Cake

Ooey and Gooey Double-Baked Chocolate Cake by Sarah Jampel

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte by Genius Recipes

Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake)

Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake) by Emiko

Jacques Torres' Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jacques Torres' Chocolate Chip Cookies by Posie Harwood

One-Bowl Vanilla Cake

One-Bowl Vanilla Cake by Alice Medrich

Double Vanilla Butter Cake with Chantilly Cream

Double Vanilla Butter Cake with Chantilly Cream by Posie Harwood

Sour Cream Cardamom Pear Cake

Sour Cream Cardamom Pear Cake by Posie Harwood

Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake

Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake by Sarah Jampel

Vietnamese Coffee Cake

Vietnamese Coffee Cake by Laura Biscaro

Berry Butter Cake

Berry Butter Cake by Posie Harwood

Almond Sheet Cake

Almond Sheet Cake by Posie Harwood

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François' 5-Minute Artisan Bread

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François' 5-Minute Artisan Bread by Sarah Jampel

Torta della Nonna

Torta della Nonna by Rebecca Salisbury

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings by Erin McDowell

and 2 other sweets, too (that'd be good together!)

David Lebovitz' Dulce de Leche

David Lebovitz' Dulce de Leche by Genius Recipes

Peachy Buttermilk Sherbet

Peachy Buttermilk Sherbet by Alice Medrich

Tell us: What recipe did you love the most this year?