The Simple Ingredient Ina Garten Adds to Her Roasted Carrots to Seriously up the Flavor

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Nothing says "welcome to the holiday season" quite like roasting something—just ask those chestnuts on the open fire. This Thanksgiving, add a little extra brightness to your traditional roasted carrots with this tip from the Barefoot Contessa. (I mean, are you even entertaining if Ina Garten's not invited?)

Instead of using a bunch of warming spices to give her side dish a kick, Garten's secret is to add some freshly squeezed orange juice and orange zest to the mix. "Roasted carrots are classic, but they're just carrots," she says on Instagram. "I found orange zest and fresh orange juice on the warm carrots really brings out the flavor of the carrots and balances it. I think it's that finishing touch that really makes a difference."

So, how do you make her upgraded roasted carrot dish for your own holiday gathering? Garten shared the full recipe on her website, and it's incredibly easy to throw together—even last-second. All you need is a pound of orange carrots, a pound of rainbow carrots, some olive oil, salt, pepper, and the aforementioned citrus essentials. After roasting them for 15 to 20 minutes, they're ready for showtime. (Just watch them try to steal the turkey's spotlight.)

Here's how to create a Pinterest-worthy Thanksgiving tablescape. Or, find out how to decorate for the holidays like a plant lady.

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