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Cuddle up with these classic flicks

Get all the feels with these great movie scenes.

Valentine’s Day is on its way, and in coming weeks we can expect to be bombarded with mushy cards, bouquets of roses, heart-shaped boxes filled with candy, veritable parades of pink and red. There’ll be no way to escape the onslaught until the drug store around the corner has sold its very last conversation heart. So rather than getting grumpy about it, you may as well get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. The best way to do it? Plop down on the couch to cuddle and maybe cry over a romantic flick that will tug at your heartstrings.

Some of the most romantic movies have big-time food moments. Wining and dining is ingrained in the language of movie romance, whether it is the hero trying to impress or to win back their ladies or when characters first fall in love or cement their love.

Combine a sappy movie session with an obsession with food, and you’ll find a ton of romantic moments in these movies to swoon and hunger after. How many times did we wish we were sitting at that table for two on the rooftop with Kate and Leopold, or sharing spaghetti and meatballs with a special someone like Lady and the Tramp?

The sustenance of choice in these scenes may be sweet, savory, sexy or silly but it is these moments that bring couples together. To quote Charles M. Schultz, the creator of Peanuts and a homespun philosopher, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” Valentine’s Day is for lovers and food lovers to, so be sure to check out some of our favorite romantic food moments in our slideshow!

For more ideas to fall in love with, visit The Daily Meal's Ultimate Guide to Valentine's Day!

The 11 Best Food Scenes in Disney Movies

We're not sure what kind of Mickey Mouse wizardry is behind it, but Disney knows how to make food look good, even in cartoon form. Somehow the animated stuff comes across as just as delicious as glossy hi-res shots in certain magazines (ahem). From heaping plates of fried beignets to a towering layer cake that would make any 10-year-old (or. adult) suddenly crave buttercream frosting, here are the 11 best food scenes from Disney movies, according to the food and Disney obsessives of Bon Appétit.

Baking a Pie in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Of all of the animals handling food in Disney movies, none are more endearing than the birds who help Snow White prepare a gooseberry pie for Grumpy. They sprinkle flour with their flapping tails, print perfect decorations in the crust with their feet, and trim the excess dough with their beaks like a bunch of little sous chefs. As Snow White finishes, the Evil Witch shows up and tries to convince her to bake an apple pie instead, handing her over fruit from a basket. All the birds know that this is because the apples are poisonous, so off they fly to warn the seven dwarfs. Now that's some high-stakes baking.

A Stolen Loaf of Bread in Aladdin
Aladdin scales the side of buildings, slides across a clothesline, disguises himself as a woman, has his monkey do some intervening, and jumps across a bed of hot coals—all for a stolen loaf of bread, all while singing a very catchy tune. It’s a warning in shoplifting, as well as charity. In the end, he gives the bread away to two hungry children looking for food in the trash, a move that might even be more heroic than when he fights Jafar-turned-crazy-terrifying-giant-snake.

Fried Eggs and Bacon in Mulan
On her first day of training, Mulan's trusty sidekick Mushu makes and feeds her a bowl of porridge with two fried eggs and a piece of bacon (in the shape of a smiley face, for good measure). She's overwhelmed, exhausted, and about to walk into high-intensity training surrounded by a bunch of soldiers who think she's a dude. For all of Mushu's badgering and impulsive decision-making, nothing says you're a good friend like serving breakfast in bed.

An Obscene Amount of Tea in Alice in Wonderland
When Alice stumbles into the tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, you wonder if they're drinking more than, well, tea. They're sipping out of top hats and dipping saucers into steaming liquid before chomping down like it's toast. They spread butter and jam inside of the White Rabbit's watch, dump mountains of sugar over everything, chase the drowsy dormouse up and down the table, and break nearly everything in sight. In this moment the wild, upside-down world of Wonderland is as surreal as it gets—terrifying and inviting all at the same time.

Frying Beignets in The Princess and the Frog
We can all agree that New Orleans is one of the most exciting cities to eat in—in no small part due to beignets. And Tiana knows what she’s doing when it comes to the pillow-y, powdered sugar-coated fried dough made famous by Cafe Du Monde. Her dream of opening a restaurant is finally made possible once her investor tastes those beignets, an inspiring moment for any little girl or boy who's ever wanted to open their own doughnut-centric business. (So, all of us.)

Spaghetti and Meatballs in Lady and the Tramp
This is easily one of the most romantic scenes in movie history, and it's all about spaghetti and meatballs. Lady and Tramp sit at an outdoor table, illuminated by candlelight. The waiter places a menu in front of them as they ogle each other, ignoring the breadsticks because they are too busy batting their canine eyelashes. And then comes the mountain of pasta, twirled expertly on the plate, coated in red sauce, with meatballs galore. Suddenly their tails start to wag. They slurp, they smile, and then, once the plate is cleared save for one noodle, they kiss.

Fairy Battle Layer Cake in Sleeping Beauty
When the fairies are getting ready to throw Princess Aurora a birthday party, they decide not to use their wands, leaving them with only their hands and brains to sew a dress and bake a cake. The struggle is real. Fauna uses three different sized cups for the "cups" of flour, doesn't know what "tsp." stands for, and puts whole eggs with their shells in the batter. Oh, and she wants to give the cake 15 layers—something that should really only be attempted in a wedding cake bakery or on a Food Network challenge. It comes out lopsided, blue frosting and pink candles slipping down the sides. "Well, what do you think?" Fauna asks. "Why, it's a very unusual cake, isn't it?" Flora responds. It's a sweet and funny scene, and a reminder that baking is a great way to show your love. but it's also very hard.

Avoiding Capture in The Emperor’s New Groove
When Kuzco and Pacha realize they're trapped in a restaurant with their arch-enemies Yzma and Kronk, a hilarious game of merry-go-round ensues from dining room to kitchen that is so well done it rivals a Marx Brothers skit. One pair doesn't know the other is there and so they go back-and-forth, talking to each other but also moving quickly enough to stay out of each other's sightline. Somehow Kronk ends up behind the stove, the whole staff is throwing a birthday party for Yzma, and our heroes escape unscathed. It may not be the most appetizing of all food scenes, but is definitely the funniest.

Eating Bugs in The Lion King
After his father's death, Simba escapes from the Pride Lands of Africa and meets Pumbaa and Timon, who teach him the phrase "hakuna matata," which promptly turns into one of the best musical numbers Disney has ever put forth. Pumbaa and Timon show Simba how to navigate this very chill new world—swinging from vines, lounging in bushes, and eating slimy, squishy bugs. "Ew, gross," the young cub says as he makes a face. But then he slurps one right up, reminding himself of his new life motto. And he likes it! A lesson in courage, friendship, trust—and trying new foods.

Sebastian Escapes Boiling Death in The Little Mermaid
As Chef Louis prepares a great meal, Sebastian cowers in the corner, terrified of being seen by the singing man who is carving fish, pulling their bones, smothering them with salt, and throwing them in a pot. But then the inevitable happens. "Sacre bleu, what is this? How on earth could I miss, such a sweet little succulent crab," he belts as he grabs Sebastian from his hiding place and dangles him in midair. One very good chase scene later, Sebastian manages to get away. He later gripes to Ariel, "I hope that you appreciate what I go through for you, young lady."

The Feast in Beauty and the Beast
“Be Our Guest” is introduced by one of the candlesticks saying to Belle, "Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now we invite you to relax, pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents. your dinner." What follows is a food lover's paradise. There are floating, dancing delicacies like cheese soufflé, soup du jour, beef ragout, pie, pudding, cakes, and, perhaps best of all, fountains of Champagne. The spoons do synchronized swimming in the punch, the teapots sing, napkins twirl, and the flower vases give Belle a bouquet. The whole song is an ode to fine-dining and the joy of hospitality—even if you're serving dinner in a scary castle you can't escape.


I grew up on this classic musical. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John sang “Summer Nights” so much that my brother contemplated doing a tap dance on the VHS tape. (Yes. I said it. VHS tape.) Every time Danny and Sandy went on the date to the diner, I got hungry. Apparently Danny wasn’t. I mean, he only ordered a double polar burger and cherry soda with chocolate ice cream. Just a snack right?

Well, something tells me that our Five Napkin Burgers might put a dent in Danny’s appetite. These diner-worthy burgers will make the whole family’s mouth water. He’d be rockin’ and rollin’ to the flavors of this juicy burger–and he probably wouldn’t mind our Memory Lane Strawberry Shake–you know, just like the one Rizzo threw all over Kenicki.

The 20 best food scenes in film, from Pulp Fiction to Spinal Tap

The best films capture all our senses. It’s no surprise, then, that food has had a rich, long history on the silver screen.

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Food is used as a tool for the filmmaker to communicate with the audience – it can uncover new sides of a character, depending on what they choose to indulge in, or it can signal romance or a deep sense of friendship, since cooking a meal is an act of love when done right. And, sometimes, it can be used simply to make us salivate – there’s no denying that a well-shot plate of food, or the sight of freshly baked bread, can evoke the sense of delicious smells wafting into the cinema, instantly elevating the appetite.

In Ratatouille, it was food that transported the cynical food critic back to the comforts of his childhood, while it helped a grown-up Peter Pan in Hook reconnect with his sense of imagination. In The Help, it was a weapon of revenge, while in Babette’s Feast, it was a gift to show solidarity. Lady and the Tramp and Pulp Fiction both used food as flirtation, while Julia Roberts’s character in Eat Pray Love had a flirtation with food itself. In Marie Antoinette, it was the choice of food that helped denote decadence, while in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, it was a sign of boundless ingenuity. Spinal Tap used food as the trigger for a true rock star diva moment. In Julie & Julia and Chocolat, meanwhile, food brought peace and satisfaction both to those who prepared it and those who consumed it.

Here are some of the very best uses of food onscreen.

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Eat Pray Love

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Beauty & the Beast

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Steel Magnolias

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Marie Antoinette

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The Hundred Foot Journey

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Pulp Fiction

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Spinal Tap

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Big Night

Lady and the Tramp

Who would have guessed that one of the most romantic scenes in cinema would involve two dogs eating scraps in an alleyway? And, yet, the iconic spaghetti kiss from Disney’s 1955 animated film – soundtracked by Sonny Burke and Peggy Lee’s “Bella Notte” – has been oft-imitated but never surpassed. And, as Tramp proves, there’s no greater act of chivalry than offering your date the last meatball…

Babette’s Feast

Gabriel Axel’s Oscar-winning 1987 Danish film is a visual treat for any self-confessed gourmand. The story sees two pious Protestant sisters offer refuge to a French woman fleeing the political tumult in Paris after the collapse of the Second Empire in 1871. They agree to hire her as a housekeeper, discovering later that she’s the former chef of one of Paris’s best restaurants. When she wins the lottery, she uses the funds to whip up an unforgettable meal for her kindly hosts.

All the very best chefs know that a dash of pure imagination is key to creating a true culinary wonder. It’s a lesson well-taught in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 classic, Hook, when a grown-up Peter Pan (Robin Williams) looks on in disbelief as the Lost Boys tuck into what appears to be nothing at all. It’s only when he truly believes that he can see the brightly colour feast laid out before him. And what childish feast would be complete without an old-fashioned food fight?

Steel Magnolias

While there’s been a growing fad of ambitious, unusually themed cakes – you need only look at the success of the TLC reality series Cake Boss – there are few cinematic cakes that stick in the memory like Jackson (Dylan McDermott)’s groom cake from 1989 comedy-drama Steel Magnolias. The armadillo-shaped creation offered a unique spin on the American South tradition of having another cake separate to the main wedding cake. And did we mention that it’s red velvet on the inside?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Sure, the 1961 film’s title may be a little misleading. In fact, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) only has breakfast outside of Tiffany’s, popping out of a cab in the early morning light to peer into the jewellery shop window, while enjoying a pastry and some coffee in a paper cup. Decades later, the moment still remains the peak of glamour, so who cares if it’s all a little white lie?

The Godfather

It’s a classic scene that proves to be surprisingly instructional. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film has a full-blown recipe tucked within its elegant drama, as Vito Corleone’s close associate, Peter Clemenza (Richard Castellano), offers his version of the perfect pasta sauce. As he explains: “You start out with a little bit of oil. Then you fry some garlic. Then you throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, you fry it you make sure it doesn't stick. You get it to a boil you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs. Add a little bit of wine, and a little bit of sugar – that's my trick."

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Although the entire 1971 musical is a sugary delight, it is hardest to resist the temptation of Willy Wonka’s Fizzy Lifting Drinks, a soda described as so bubbly that it lifts anyone who drinks it right off the ground. It’s no wonder that it was the one stop on the tour that ended up tempting the pure-hearted Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) and his grandfather (Jack Albertson). Now, the real question is: does it come in different flavours?

Eat Pray Love

For anyone who considers pizza to be the true love of their life, Ryan Murphy’s 2010 romcom is a perfect cinematic match. It’s hard not to relate to the moment Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) bites into a piece of authentic Italian pizza, during the Naples stop on her global adventure of self-discovery, and declares: “I’m in love. I’m in a relationship with my pizza.”

Beauty and the Beast

Although we might not be convinced that the grey stuff on the dinner table in Disney’s 1991 animation is delicious, the “dinner and show” approach to Lumiere (Jerry Orbach)’s hospitality is something we could certainly get used to. Belle (Paige O'Hara) is presented with a whole cavalcade of sumptuous dishes, including beef ragout, cheese souffle, pie and pudding "en flambe". And there’s a sage piece of advice to go with it all, too: “If you're stressed, it's fine dining we suggest!” Indeed.

Marie Antoinette

When it came to director Sofia Coppola conjuring the ultimate image of decadence for her 2006 biopic on the French queen, there was no more perfect treat than Ladurée’s famous macaroons. Delicate and pastel-toned, the meringue-based confection has long been the speciality of the French bakery, first established in 1862. A new flavour was even created in honour of the film the Marie Antoinette offers a combination of rose and anise.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Food is often regarded as one of the best ways to understand a culture, and 2014’s The Hundred-Foot Journey is wonderful for showing the efforts the talented, self-taught novice Hassan (Manish Dayal) goes to in order to comprehend that. During a picnic he reveals he has mastered the five “mother sauces” of French cuisine, and the delicate tasting process that follows demonstrates just how important food is to France.

“In prison, dinner was always a big thing.” So much so that the Wise Guys ate better than most people on the outside. Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” plays in the background as the gangsters prepare their meal: garlic sliced so thin with a razor blade that it would “liquefy in the pan with just a little oil”, meatballs in a tomato sauce that’s “a little too oniony”, steak cooked medium-rare, iced lobsters, prosciutto, salami, cheese, red wine and good Scotch. Maybe crime does pay after all.

There are few pleasures in life more fulfilling than that of cooking for others. In the 2000 film Chocolat – based on the book by Joanne Harris – a slow-motion scene where dinner party guests tuck into the feast created by expert chocolatier Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) is full of warmth and laughter.

Pulp Fiction

Vincent Vega (John Travolta) takes his boss’s wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out to Jack Rabbit Slim’s for a burger, where she decides she wants the “five dollar shake”. “You don’t put bourbon in it or nothing?” a bewildered Vincent asks the waiter. When it arrives, Mia takes a long sip: “Yummy”. “I gotta know what a five dollar shake tastes like,” Vincent says. He takes a sip. Then another. “Goddamn that’s a pretty f***ing good milkshake.”

Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron’s 2009 feature film based on the intertwining stories of chef Julia Child and Julie Powell, the blogger who rose to fame after documenting her pledge to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook, is all about the joy one can find in food. It is some of the earlier scenes that capture this best, like when Julia (Meryl Streep) and her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) arrive in Paris and stop at a French restaurant, where Julia is served a sizzling platter of sole. It looked so mouth-watering in the final edit that Ephron “wanted to call up Martin Scorsese and say, ‘you’ve never shot a fish like that before’”.


Fearsome critic Anton Ego takes a bite of ratatouille and is transported back to his childhood, where it was a favourite comfort food, in the best scene from Pixar’s wonderful animated 2007 film. The detail is superb, from the process of Remy the rat preparing the dish to the moment Ego’s pen falls to the ground as he remembers the power of a favourite meal in evoking memories we thought were lost.

“I don’t want this, I want large bread… but I can rise above it, I’m a professional.” The miniature bread catastrophe is a beautiful parody on every self-absorbed rock star to have kicked off over something as ludicrous as the food they’re served backstage.

After all the trauma she has been through – at the hands of her abusive husband and a racist ex-employer – Minny (Octavia Spencer) arrives at her employer Celia Foote to find a beautiful dinner cooked for her as a thank you for everything she has done for Celia and her husband. You see the care that has gone into it as Celia lays everything out on the table, from a “mile-high meringue” to the fried chicken Minny taught her how to make. “That table of food gave Minny the strength she needed,” the narration explains. “She took her babies out from under Leroy and never went back.”

Five Easy Pieces

Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson) just wants some toast to go with his omelette, but the waitress is stubbornly sticking to the diner’s “no substitutions” rule. “I’ll make it as easy for you as I can,” goes the famous order. “I’d like an omelette, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast. No mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce… and hold the chicken.”

It was a scene that helped propel a revolution in American dining. Il Timpano, a dish inspired by the notoriously tricky-to-make Italian meal, is the star of a moment in 1996 film Big Night where chef brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) prepare it as the centrepiece for a feast attended by their rival, Pascal. “Goddammit, I should kill you,” Pascal screams, throwing his fork down after tasting Il Timpano. “This is so f***ing good, I should kill you.”

Best Food Scenes in Movies

Editor’s Note: We first shared this collection of what we heard from readers to be the best food scenes in movies years ago. But we find them just as heartening and, at times, hilarious as we did then. Maybe more so these days.

The Oscars tend to make us sorta nostalgic. Not just for any moving pictures, though. For those food scenes in movies that you just can’t get out of your mind. Like the last scene in Big Night. The opener to Eat Drink Man Woman. Countless moments in Chocolat. Every single scene with Meryl Streep—and Stanley Tucci, too—in Julie & Julia. That one scene in, well, you get the idea. We’re talking touching, witty, outrageous, or otherwise unforgettable food-minded moments. In the spirit of Oscars week, we tapped into your collective movie memories, requesting the most memorable moments in film that pertain to food. You didn’t let us down. In fact, we gotta say, your responses astounded us. Not just in terms of their numbers and diversity, but in what they revealed about you. As it turns out, you’re romantics. You’re gourmands. You’re closet trash talkers. You’re kind. You’re kooky. And, at times, you’re even kinky. More than anything, though, you’re the sort of souls who, like us, appreciate the countless everyday ways in which food intersects life. Without further ado, here are all the most memorable food scenes in movies we could muster. (Mind you, we said “memorable,” not “award-winning,” though some of them are that, too.) No need to ever again wonder what next to put in your Netflix queue. All that’s left is to pour yourself some bubbly, settle down, and raise a glass with us. Here’s to these moments of brilliance.—Renee Schettler

I love the scene in Babette’s Feast when her food transforms all the grumpy locals.
—Beth Price

Babette’s Feast when she relaxes with wine between courses.
—Maggie Perkins

Babette’s Feast—the feast!
—David Leite

Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush doing the dinner-roll dance. [Editor’s Note: Let’s not forget the remake of this food scene in Benny and Joon. (With thanks to Leah Schultz for the reminder!)]
—Elsa Jacobson

Fave of mine—the opening of Eat Drink Man Woman.
—Michael Ruhlman

Eat Drink Man Woman. The love of a parent poured into the meticulousness of prepping a delicious Chinese meal.
—Way-Ting Chen Hill

The most memorable scene for me is the opening sequence in Eat Drink Man Woman. It reminds me of Taiwan and how much I miss the food there. No other movie food scene has evoked as much emotion for me.
—Irvin Lin

Kevin Kline eating Michael Palin’s fish in A Fish Called Wanda.
—Mary Elizabeth Weil

Cool Hand Luke. The eggs.
—Rhonda Hesser Thomson

The opening of Big Night, naturally.
—Trevor Kensey

Big Night. The entire movie.
—Jon Pine

The completely silent last scene in Big Night and the making of humble eggs.
—Doug Goudie

The food fight in Animal House!
—Robbie Doores

Animal House, when John Belushi says, “Guess what I am!” and puts mashed potatoes in his mouth and then blasts them out by smacking his hands against both sides of his face. “I’m a zit…get it?”
—Dan Kraan

The chocolate tasting scene in Romantics Anonymous. [Editor’s Note: We’d not heard of this French flick but we just swooned—seriously, we swooned—to its trailer. What can we say? We’re romantics.]
—Mark Harvey Levine

La Grande Bouffe. All of it. The Silence of the Lambs, the scene in which he says he’ll have the guy’s liver with a nice chianti. The scene in Like Water for Chocolate when everyone starts falling in love—oh, and the scene with the farts.
—Sofia Reino

The diner scene in Groundhog Day when Bill Murray stuffs a large slice of cake in his mouth, looks at Andie MacDowell, and says, “What?”
—Carlos Rodriquez

A Christmas Story and the Chinese Christmas dinner.
—Jyll Richburg

The scene from A Christmas Story when Ralphie’s little brother eats his mashed potatoes like a little piggy.
—Many, many, many of you [Editor’s Note: Me included.]

The turkey disaster scene in A Christmas Story. Meryl Streep chopping all those onions as Julia in Julie and Julia.
—Joan Osborne

Edward Scissorhands when he tries to eat peas with his hands. Must Love Dogs and arguing with the butcher over ordering a single chicken breast. In Waitress, the making of all the different pies with fantastic names like “Bad Baby Pie.” Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the massive bowls of cereal he eats throughout the film when he’s alone. Baking a solo cupcake and the total destruction of the massive heart cookie at the bridal shower in Bridesmaids. The butter scene in The Women, when Meg Ryan dips an entire stick of butter into sugar and eats it just like that. The movie is meh, but that scene is great. And I feel like Marie Antoinette should be in here somewhere for all those decadent pastries, but I can only really remember seeing them, not an actual scene.
—Kate Knapp

The restaurant scene with Mr. Creosote from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. BOOM!
—Brian Davis

Young Frankenstein. “You haven’t even touched your food.” (Touches food.) “There. Now I’ve touched it. Happy?”
—Ilda Carreiro King

Isn’t it in Fellini’s Roma where the young man walks through the piazza and there is a huge terrace restaurant where everyone is eating spaghetti? And The Big Chill with the mayo on Wonder bread.
—Jamie Schler

I like the scene in Kramer vs. Kramer where the newbie single dad with a full-time job makes breakfast with his son. He could have given his son cereal, but no, he made French toast. I thought it showed how comfortable he was with taking care of his boy (earlier in the film he burns whatever he’s trying to make and loses his temper) and how hard he was trying to be a good dad. It’s so wonderful that they cook together. A whole lot of love in that French toast.
—Chiyo Ueyama

Audrey eating and drinking outside Tiffany’s in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
—Diane Pallini

I love the blue birthday soup from Bridget Jones’s Diary. It reminds me that every new cook has a mishap at some time or another—some edible, others tossable, maybe memorable.
—Karen Lynch

Oscar offering his poker buddies a choice of brown sandwiches or green sandwiches in The Odd Couple.
—Myles McDonnell

The Apartment, when Jack Lemmon makes spaghetti and meatballs and uses a tennis racket as a colander. When Steve Martin and Meryl Streep make croissants in It’s Complicated. [Editor’s Note: Weren’t they stoned…?] Soul Food, and how Big Mama never follows a recipe, just her instincts. The raisin scene in Benny & Joon. “They’re just humiliated grapes.” The whole grits scene in My Cousin Vinny. “No self-respectin’ Southerner uses instant grits. I take pride in my grits.” 9 1/2 Weeks, when Mickey Rourke blindfolds Kim Basinger and feeds her items from the fridge and she has to identify them by taste and texture.
—Kim Venglar

Definitely the fridge scene in 9 1/2 Weeks.
—Emily Blinder

9 1/2 Weeks. Refrigerator scene. So erotic.
—Laura McLaughlin O’Brien

9 1/2 Weeks. Gahhh!
—Maggie Perkins

Mostly Martha, a German film that’s a love story about a female chef, food, and the hard work of raising a kid. Oldboy, the Korean original, which is a rough, violent film but has at least two memorable food scenes, one involving an octopus.
—Elie Nassar

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, when they drink pop and float to the fan in the top of the building.
—Frances Benton Holden Tutt

Did anyone mention Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? The part that always got me was when Wonka drinks out of a tiny tea cup and then eats the cup. Why doesn’t this exist yet?! And Ratatouille—I love the scene where Ego takes a bite of food and is transported back in time to his mother’s kitchen. It always chokes me up.
—Adriana Pecunia

All of Ratatouille. John Goodman enjoying his coffee in The Big Lebowski. James Cagney and the grapefruit scene in The Public Enemy. The soup sequence in The Birdcage when he forgot the “shrimps.”
—Nancy Floyd

The diner scene in Five Easy Pieces when Jack Nicholson’s character tries to order toast.
—Jackie Gorman

Watching whatsherface make all of the gorgeous confections in Chocolat.
—Cyndi Martin

I like when everybody gets all giddy in Chocolat.
—Sarah Ognie Page

The scene in Chocolat when the guy who is always asleep eats chocolate and suddenly wants to be with his wife. And this is a weird one, but in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth, that freaky monster is sitting at the table with that huge feast in front of him. (It’s actually a scary scene—the girl is told not to eat any food from the table—but it’s very enticing.)
—Kelly Mescher Collins

Without a doubt, the dinner scene in Alien. Pretty unforgettable.
—Kylie Johnston

Clemenza teaching Michael to make meatballs with spaghetti sauce in The Godfather.
—Karel ter Kuile

The scene in The Help with the famous chocolate pie with that “little something extra.” Also, the scene where Minny shows Celia how to fry chicken while explaining all the uses for Crisco. Crocodile Dundee when he roasts the iguana over the open fire, then he gives it to the reporter and eats a can of yams himself.
—Julie Fortier Houser

The restaurant scene in the 1986 French film Betty Blue. Cigarette ashes and trash on the pizza. Waitress stabs customer in the breast.
—Simón de Swaan

The food fight in Fried Green Tomatoes.
—Heather Gulino

The Royale with Cheese conversation in Pulp Fiction.
—Robert Wise

The Lady and the Tramp. I love the part when they eat the spaghetti!
—Tina Marques

Lady and the Tramp sharing a strand of spaghetti.
—Faleen Fedol

Every time I watch Lady and the Tramp, I think
But then again I’m not the romantic type
—Francesco Marciuliano in I Could Chew on This and Other Poems By Dogs

When a drunk Tom Hanks falls face down in a bowl of bar snacks and lifts his head up with pretzels stuck all over. I think the movie was Splash.
—Karen Pepper Resciniti

I once saw this Asian movie where this man and woman were passing a raw egg, out of the shell, back and forth with their mouths. I guess it was supposed to be erotic, but it seemed a little disgusting to me. Still, your question was “most memorable,” and this was pretty memorable. I was impressed that the yolk didn’t break, and wondered how many takes it took before they could get that.
—Martin A. Goldberg

Pretty much every scene from the movie Tampopo…the scene where the noodle master teaches his apprentice to really look at the meat and give thanks for the animal’s sacrifice… the scene where the mother gets up from her deathbed to cook a last meal for her family…the scene where Tampopo falls asleep at her counter and has a nightmare about her broth boiling over and being ruined (I can so relate)…the gangster remembering his favorite meal as he’s dying…
—Micaela Torregrosa-Mahoney

Tampopo has so many…the ramen-eating lesson…the oyster…the spaghetti…and, of course, the egg.
—Nathaniel O.

—Gypsy Lovett, Liz Whyte, and many, many others

In Terms of Endearment, when Flap eats Aurora’s salmon spread at the brunch while she’s still putting the finishing touches on it.
—Anne Hill

When Harry Met Sally!
—Brandy King

When Harry Met Sally. Diner scene.
—Jym Brittain

Sally’s ordering style in When Harry Met Sally.
—Adita Corrales

When Harry Met Sally. All the food scenes, from Sally’s insistence to everything on the side to the miserable double date to Sally’s unforgettable “display” in the deli.
—Alice D. Abbatte

The wedding cake in Bad Grandpa.
—Brenda Cushman

In Fatso, when Dom DeLuise’s support buddies come over and they end up sitting around discussing all kinds of food and eventually rip the doors off the locked cabinets and go nuts making and ordering food. I was very young the first time I saw this, but I can totally relate now as an adult who has battled the call of food in the cabinets while trying to be “good” to maintain my weight loss.
—Jennifer McIntyre Schulz

Brad Pitt tasting peanut butter for the first time in Meet Joe Black.
—Vivienne Clégnac

The Breakfast Club lunch scene with a Rice Krispies-and-sugar sandwich on white bread.
—Frances Benton Holden Tutt

The deflated turkey dinner scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
—Karen Daubmann

Tom Jones and his lady eating dinner.
—Rebecca Evers

The couple’s feast scene in Tom Jones. I saw it when I was very young and suddenly food was somehow connected to sex as well as being connected to hunger and the pleasures of eating.
—Robin Carpenter

Tom Jones!
—Gere Schwert and many, many others

August: Osage County and the scene where Julia Roberts wants her mother, played by Meryl Streep, to eat fish at the dining room table.
—Marlene Smith

The scene in Radio Days when Danny Aiello’s mom feeds Mia Farrow while searching for bullets so that he can kill her. Their discussion of where to dump her body while plying her with food is hysterical and a great snapshot of Italian-American foods and, indeed, hospitality.
—James D. McDonald

When E.T. eats Reese’s Pieces!
—Dave Rueckl

Paul Sorvino cutting the garlic with a razor blade in Goodfellas. The eat-that-damn-steak scene in Mommy Dearest. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs has a ton of scenes. The gruel scene from Oliver! The campfire beans scene in Blazing Saddles. Katharine Hepburn trying to make breakfast in Woman of the Year. When Scarlett O’Hara digs up the potato.
—Debbie Koenig

Brad Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the kitchen scene after the gunfight when he licks his lips. (And no, I don’t remember what he was eating.)
—Maria Ines Ramos Suchojad

The Great Pie Fight in The Great Race.
—Diana Mencel

In Matilda, when the kid eats the giant cake. Soylent Green and “It’s people! Soylent Green is made out of people!” [Editor’s Note: Ew.]
—Kinsey Justa

Uncle Buck’s mega stack of pancakes and sausage.
—Lisa Mescher-Schlueter

The pie-eating contest in Stand By Me. The after-credits scene from The Avengers when they’re all sitting around eating shawarma. Oh, the mashed potatoes in Close Encounters!
—Carol Anne Grady

The five-dollar milkshake scene in Pulp Fiction.
—Michael Shoup

The opening sequence in Goonies, when Chunk squishes his pizza and milkshake against the window of the store as the outlaw Fratellis lead the police chase through town. Chunk gets a face full of strawberry shake and, in his frustration, uses a naughty word. The opening sequence of Saturday Night Fever, with Tony (John Travolta) strutting down 86th Street. He stops into Lenny’s Pizzeria for a slice. (Lenny’s was our neighborhood pizzeria growing up, and it was delicious.)
—Jo Ann Brown

Eat Pray Love—amazing food scenes all over the place. What’s Love Got to Do with It and that scene where Ike says, “Eat the cake Anna Mae!” In Last Holiday, where she thought she was dying so she traveled to this exclusive resort and one evening ordered the entire menu from this froufrou French restaurant. That armadillo groom’s cake in Steel Magnolias!
—Ayanna Fews

All the pie-making scenes in Waitress.
—Maria Averion

I love the scene in Enchanted April when the English ladies are trying to eat pasta in their rented Italian castle and they have absolutely no idea how to do it. Also, there’s the great scene in Heartburn when Meryl Streep’s character has learned that her husband, played by Jack Nicholson, has been cheating on her. Her pain and anger well up during a dinner party until, just as she’s about to serve dessert, she instead hits him in the face with the pie she’s about to slice and plate.
—Carol Penn-Romine

The breakfast scene in Moonstruck. “Do you love him, Loretta?” “Yeah Ma, I love him awful.” “That’s too bad.”
—Maureen Abood

The “secret cupcake eating scene” in This is 40. Alice in Wonderland and the “Eat Me” cake. The Thanksgiving foibles in Pieces of April. Mrs. Doubtfire and the whipped cream face mask. And then there’s the scene from Into The Wild where he tries to smoke the bear and it goes horribly wrong—heart crushing.
—Kristel Poole

The raw eggs in Rocky. Boiling the lobsters in Annie Hall. And, my personal favorite, Inglourious Basterds and the strudel with cream close-up.
—Linda Pacchiano

Okay, if no one is going to say it, I will. The warm apple pie scene in American Pie. [Editor’s Note: I was going to say it if you didn’t…]
—David Leite

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. When the kids arrive at Hogwarts. Dumbledore says, “Let the feast begin,” and all the tables are covered with all kinds of foods.
—Allison Wilson Magee

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom…monkey brains….still gives me shivers.
—Keith Fjellman

One word. Foodfight!
—Tom Rainey

In Easter Parade, when Jules Munshin, playing the waiter, describes the making of a Caesar Salad to Judy Garland and Peter Lawford. There was no food in sight, but it’s a great scene.
—Jill Raison

The imaginary dinner in Hook. [Editor’s Note: Let’s not forget the imaginary food fight in Hook.]
—Lisa Zlody

In How to Marry a Millionaire, starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe, the final scene, where they’re in the diner with their husbands having a wedding dinner of hamburgers and beer. It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, and the scene where she’s hungry and they have no money so he gets carrots from a garden and she’s appalled that he’d eat them raw. When Winnie the Pooh eats all of Rabbit’s honey and gets stuck in Rabbit’s hole. But my favorite is when I asked my husband his favorite movie food scene, he thought for a moment and then replied, “I’ve always liked the hot dogs at the drive-in theater.”
—Helen Doberstein

We had a lot of other entries from a lot of other film fans. Here’s a glimpse at those movies and food scenes which also deserve honorable mention, including

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Dinner Rush
The World’s Greatest Sandwich scene in Spanglish. [Editor’s Note: If you have a thing for late-night sandwiches, you gotta check out this food scene with Thomas Keller and Adam Sandler making The World’s Greatest Sandwich.]
Pretty Woman (so many scenes!)
Castaway on the Moon
Big (Tom Hanks eating the baby corn)
The Family Stone (the strata disaster)
Two Weeks Notice (the discussion about tofu cheesecake with the dad)
Just about any James Bond flick (and the ordering of a martini)
Leaving Las Vegas (oof!)
The Blues Brothers and the scene where they order dry white toast, four fried chickens, and a Coke
There’s also the swell spaghetti-eating scene from Un Americano a Roma, or An American in Rome
And, not surprisingly, we also heard many, many mentions of Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory, which is technically a television show, though we love it, too.

Got more memorable scenes that we missed? Kindly let us know in a comment below! Originally published February 26, 2014.


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When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) gets critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) to give his restaurant a second chance, restaurant owner Riva (Dustin Hoffman) forces him to make the same old menu. When Ramsey gives it the same bad review, Carl confronts the critic at the table and goes nuclear. It's the rage everyone has always wanted to express. Really, why would Riva serve the same poorly reviewed menu?

11 Romantic Food Movie Scenes - Recipes

Have you ever been watching TV, or reading a book, and wondered what a character’s food tastes like? Me too. From Harry Potter’s Butterbeer to Chris Traeger’s (of Parks and Recreation) Asian-Fusion Turkey Burgers, these recipes will help you to recreate your favorite fictional meals.

The Emperor’s New Groove: Kronk’s Spinach Puffs

Made for the dinner when Cuzco is served the potion which turns him into a llama, these Puffs look delicious, even in animated form. Kronk is endearingly proud of his cooking and especially his Spinach Puffs. Which is reason enough to try your hand at making them.

Silver Lining’s Playbook: Pat’s Order of Raisin Bran (Muffins)

The easiest way to enjoy this is with a bowl of Raisin Bran. And even though Pat says he “ordered raisin bran because I didn’t want there to be any mistaking it for a date,” you could still (maybe) eat it on a date. If you want to stay true to Pat, but do some actual baking or cooking, try the moist and fragrant Raisin Bran muffins.

Jane Eyre : Miss Temple’s Seed-Cake

Early in the novel, when Jane is just a child, Miss Temple presents to Jane and her friend, Helen, a “good sized seed-cake.” This marks one of the first acts of kindness that Jane encounters, and now you too can enjoy a seed-cake. (Bonus: works as a crossover recipe, to use as Bilbo Baggin’s cake from The Hobbit).

Love Actually : Juliet’s Banoffee Pie

Being American, I had never heard of Banoffee Pie until seeing Love Actually. Keira Knightley’s character, Juliet, loves it, but implies it is not lovable. Which I just don’t get, as the sound of toffee and bananas coming together in one pie sounds supreme to me. And it completely is. Make your own Banoffee Pie and see how right Juliet is in her pick of pie.

Dr. Who : The Eleventh Doctor’s Much Loved Fish Fingers and Custard

This one is for all you Whovians out there. Sounds a bit dodgy, right? If the Doctor likes it, it could be good. Or maybe not. But they are the Eleventh Doctor’s very favorite, so you’ve got to at least try them. Eat these for when you’re binging on Dr. Who , or for a Whovian party.

On The Road: The Oft-Eaten Apple Pie and Ice Cream

“I ate another apple pie and ice cream that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, of course.” Apple pie and ice cream can be found in most diners across the nation. And it is, obviously, delicious. Enjoy in the evening, especially in the autumn for a seasonal fix. You can do this simply: buy the ice cream and pie and enjoy. Or make just the pie, or just the ice cream, and buy the other. Or you can try your hand at making both and enjoy it like it was served in On The Road.

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Not Quite Enough Bacon Grease Mulatto Rice

Janie eats up the Mulatto Rice as if it was sent from heaven. Mulatto Rice is just rice cooked with onion and bacon grease. Which sounds pretty damn delicious. Eat this the next time you’re reading the book, and maybe you’ll learn exactly what Phoeby meant when she said there wasn’t enough bacon grease.

The Waitress: Jenna’s Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having An Affair Pie

This movie is full of pies. Jenna makes up pies throughout the entire movie, numbering eighteen creative pies. The recipe, is one of my all-time favorite pies. The description? According to Jenna, it’s pretty simple, as all you do is “smash blackberries and raspberries into a chocolate crust.” Yum.

Parks and Recreation: Chris Traeger’s Asian Fusion Turkey Burger and Ron Swanson’s Winning Burger

If you watch Parks and Recreation , you’ll remember the episode where Chris, as City Manager, is going to do away with burgers being served at City Hall. Meat-loving Ron Swanson challenges Chris to a cook-off to decide if the burgers would stay or go. Chris creates a culinary masterpiece, whereas Ron slaps some meat between two buns. Watch this video for the recipe and how-to, and you can decide for yourself which one tastes better.

Little Women: Christmas Breakfast For The Hummel Family

On Christmas morning, Marmee suggests to her daughters that they take their breakfast over to the poor Hummel children as a Christmas present. Little Women in general is full of goodwill and cheer, and this is especially true here. While the reader only knows that muffins, cream, and buckwheat bread were part of the breakfast, this recipe is a bit more grander – which can be expected, as it is for Christmas, after all.

Harry Potter: Butterbeer Cookies

Butterbeer. Probably the most delicious and unquestionably the most famous of the Harry Potter concoctions. If you want to have a Fire Whiskey, Pumpkin Pasty, or Aunt Petunia’s Pudding instead, go for it. But nothing says Harry Potter like this warm, buttery drink that you can only get in Hogsmeade. But even better than the beverage? Butterbeer as a freaking cookie. You’re welcome:

The Family Stone: Morton Family Strata

“It’s a Morton family tradition,” Meredith nervously proclaims. One of my favorite movies, Meredith constantly tries to fit into her boyfriend’s family, and during this scene, she tries cooking a signature dish of hers as a nice gesture. If you make this, hopefully you don’t accidentally spill it all over yourself.

Like Water For Chocolate: Tita’s Quail In Rose Petal Sauce

This emotional book is full of recipes. Tita puts all of her feelings, all of her passions, in her cooking, and delivers with over-the-top, delicious, strange, amazing recipes and meals. For this recipe, which was meant to be eaten by her lover, Pedro, Tita poured in her fiery passion for him. A difficult recipe, but rewarding.

Brave : The Triplets’ Coveted Empire Biscuits

Merida’s triplet brothers are obsessed with eating these little biscuits. It’s pretty much a running joke throughout the film. Which probably makes you wonder (as it did for me): what are they, and how do they taste? These are Empire Biscuits a traditional Scottish recipe, and they are sweet treats, perfect for tea, or just munching while watching the movie.

The Bell Jar : “Bland” Avocado and Crabmeat Salad or Grandfather’s Avocado with Grape Jelly

Esther Greenwood reveals in The Bell Jar her love for“Avocados are my favorite fruit. Every Sunday my grandfather used to bring me an avocado pear hidden at the bottom of his briefcase under six soiled shirts and the Sunday comics.” Esther Greenwood loves her avocados. While at a dinner, she was served Avocado and Crabmeat Salad (pictured above), which she described as “bland” (although it really isn’t). But the Avocado Crabmeat Salad did remind her of her beloved grandfather, who loved his avocados. Esther seems to think her grandfather’s grape jelly avocado was better, and now you can make both and decide which you like best.

The Two Towers: If Sam Made Mashed Potatoes

“Potatoes! Boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew.” Or so says Samwise Gamgee, culinary genius, to Smeagol in the Two Towers film. I prefer mine mashed, and chose a recipe with some herbs in it, which seems fitting as Sam’s ol’ Gaffer was a gardener.

The Joy Luck Club : Aromatic Sesame Balls

Living above a Chinese restaurant, Waverly of Amy Tan’s book says that “by daybreak, our flat was heavy with the odor of fried sesame balls and sweet curried chicken crescents.” Food and cooking is prevalent throughout the entire book, but these fried delicacies sound so tempting and are easy to make.

Fried Green Tomatoes : Fried Green Tomatoes

It doesn’t matter if you prefer the book to the movie. Fried Green Tomatoes are (obviously) a staple of the story, and of the Whistle Stop Cafe. This movie was the reason I tried FGT in the first place and I love them. I also love this particular recipe, as they are so crisp and lightly greasy. Make these for the next time you watch FGT.

The Princess and The Frog: Tiana’s Gumbo

Tiana knows her away around the kitchen. Her dream is to open a restaurant, where surely her Tabasco-infused Gumbo will be the bee’s-knees. Plus, cooking gumbo with her father was kind of how she got into cooking in the first place. For you gumbo lovers, try a Tiana-inspired recipe.

Oliver Twist : Porridge

Maybe one of the most famous literary quotes to do with food, Oliver Twists’ “please, sir, I want some more,” begs you to prepare a bowl of porridge. But porridge, which is just oats with milk or water, can be pretty bland (I’m guessing little Oliver had his with just water, no seasoning). If you like yours that way, more power to you. But you can also dress it up with cinnamon, honey and bananas. Or peach compote, nutmeg and walnuts. Or one of the recipes found here (just keep Dickens and Oliver in mind while eating). Bonus: works as a another crossover recipe, this time for Beauty and the Beast .

36 Movies With Romantic Sex Scenes That Will Make You Believe in Love

You know how some people like to say "love scene" as a euphemism when they're talking about a hot, steamy, sex scene? If the phrase "love scene" actually makes you roll your eyes or cringe a little, hear us out, because sometimes it's actually the most appropriate pair of words in the world to describe what plays out on our screens. Yes, sometimes sex scenes are pure, carnal expressions of lust, but some of the best sex scenes in cinema history are actually tender, sensual, and&mdashdare we even say it&mdashromantic. If you're in the mood for movies that showcase the art of making love in the all-caps, L-O-V-E sense of the word, then your Google sleuthing has led you to precisely the right place.

We've dug deep into the annals of pop culture for examples of movies that truly illustrate the difference between "having sex" and "making love." You know, the kinds of movies that will make your heart flutter and your stomach fill with those middle school crush, first love butterflies. From obvious old school love stories like Dirty Dancing and From Here to Eternity to modern classics like Titanic and The Notebook with even a few under-the-radar (but still eternally worthy) indie picks thrown into the mix, we've compiled a definitive guide to movies with romantic AF (no pun intended), but still insanely hot sex scenes. Here are 36 of the most romantic, not cheesy, totally sensual sex scenes in movie history.

As adults, most of us know that things that look like fantastic, romantic ideas in the movies are kind of a disaster in real life. No matter how wise you are in the ways of romance, however, the kissing-in-the-rain scene from The Notebook will make you lust for a thunderstorm and a Gosling of your very own.

There's a lot to love about Baz Luhrmann's 1996 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the pool scene tops the list&mdasheven if it's not the moment the characters actually consummate their forbidden love.

Helen might have been the cause of the Trojan War, but in the 2004 film Troy,it's the love scene between Archilles and Briseis (played by Brad Pitt and Rose Byrne) that will really get you hot and bothered.

Sometimes there's a fine line between love and hate&mdashand no movie has ever captured that fact better that Mr. and Mrs. Smith, particularly in the scene in which married rival spies Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie literally destroy their damn house fighting and making love.

Legends of the Fall will make you feel lots of feels, but the sexy love scene between Tristan and Susannah is one of the movie's most romantic (and steamiest) moments.

Set over the course of three days, this sexy, sexy movie follows two women, Jasmine and Dallas, as they fall in love with each other. The love scenes are passionate and steamy AF.

You had me at hello. and also at this oh-so-sensual sequence.

Love Jones explores the age-old question: When you hook up on the first date and want to keep things casual but end up falling in love, what do you do?

Yes, Wet Hot American Summer is a sex comedy spoof, but there's some real heart (and sexiness) in the tender moments Ben (Bradley Cooper) and McKinley (Michael Ian Black) share in the tool shed.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have sizzling onscreen chemistry (a fact they've proven multiple times now), but their sly flirtation (and steamy post-coital makeout) in Gangster Squad was, well, the highlight of the movie Gangster Squad.

Call Me By Your Name is a tender, touching love story, so it's no surprise that the moment when Elio and Oliver consummate their love gives you butterflies.

Shower sex is impractical and outdoor shower sex is even more so, but it's swoon-worthy in this Zac Efron romance.

The arrival of U.S. troops to Italy in the 40s leaves a lasting impact on Italian culture. Among the traditions brought and left in Italy are a slew of Western foodstuffs, which is to say yogurt, jam, milk, and mustard. When the impressionable Nando Mericoni, played by Alberto Sordi, sits down to enjoy such things, he’s quickly turned off by the foreign foods and, following a jolt of national pride, takes to destroying a plate of spaghetti.

  • In such a fast-paced world, sometimes cooking seems like too much of a task, but these easy pasta dishes are sure to both please your palate and have you in-and-out of the kitchen in no time. Perfect additions to your repertoire of easy weeknight meals, some of our best pasta recipes come together in 30 minutes or less. For the taste of fresh pasta, make some homemade pasta (using these tools) and set some aside for later use. From creamy, truffle-laced tagliatelle to elemental spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, here are our best 30-minute pasta recipes.
  • Spaghetti gets cooked in red wine in this quick pasta dish that comes together in under half an hour. Get the recipe for Drunken Spaghetti
  • The always-comforting combination of peas, bacon, and cheese, which comes from Romeo Salta’s The Pleasures of Italian Cooking, comes together in less than half an hour. Get the recipe for Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli)
  • For this luxurious dish, chef Robin Jackson, of Knight Inlet Lodge in British Columbia, lavishes pasta in a truffle-infused cream sauce and crowns it with chanterelles, lavender, pecorino, and shavings of truffle, which release their seductive aroma in the steam. Get the recipe for Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Cream Sauce
  • In this rendition of traditional Genoese pesto, sweet and nutty cavolo nero (also known as Tuscan kale or Lacinato kale) is used in place of basil and pine nuts. Get the recipe for Farfalle with Cavolo Nero Pesto
  • Rita Sodi, a native Florentine, is the chef-owner of I Sodi, a restaurant in the West Village where she cooks rustic Italian food including heaping bowls of pasta. This simple dish, full of garlic and salty Pecorino, is surprisingly full flavored with a kick of heat from the extra crushed red pepper. Get the recipe for Rita Sodi’s Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil
  • This extra-rich version of fettuccine Alfredo is impossible to resist. Boiling the pasta until it’s just al dente allows it to soak up plenty of the creamy sauce. Get the recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo
  • One of many timeless recipes featured in American Food Writing is James Beard’s take on this comforting noodle dish. Keep it simple. Beard says, “Beware of those that specify long cooking. Beef stroganoff is much better when prepared quickly.” Get the recipe for Beef Stroganoff
  • For a creamy texture—without the cream—purée fresh, starchy corn into a thick sauce and then toss with smoky scallions for a succulent summer pasta. Get the recipe for Fettuccine With Corn Crema and Charred Green Onions
  • Real Roman spaghetti carbonara is pasta, whole eggs, pancetta or guanciale (cured pork jowl), and pecorino romano cheese—never cream. Get the recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara
  • A mix of sautéed mushrooms, toasted walnuts, ricotta, thyme, honey, and pappardelle, this pasta dish needs only a green salad on the side. Get the recipe for Pappardelle with Mixed Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Walnuts
  • Roasting garlic scapes with tomatoes and red onion sweetens them and enriches their flavor toss them with pasta, lemon juice, and arugula for a simple summer meal. Get the recipe for Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta
  • Once served at the end of a meal—post dessert—this simple, classic Roman pasta dish has become a staple first-course across the city. Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Peperoncino Chiles

It's Complicated

"I love when Jane and Alex get high and make croissants in It's Complicated," Meyers says of the Meryl Streep and Steve Martin date scene. "She gets to put her hand on his hand as he rolls the croissant into the right shape, and they are silly together with the dough. It's so fun, and really the perfect date." To prepare, Meyers and Streep actually took a baking class together from Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s in NYC before they shot the scene in her kitchen. "She taught us how to make perfect croissants, and I haven't had one since because the amount of butter in a croissant recipe is not to be believed! I know that’s what makes them so good, but I literally haven’t had one since 2009."

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