Just before the season premiere of her USA show, "Suits," our friends at Delish chatted with 32-year-old Meghan Markle about her love of acting, cooking, and a great glass of wine. Turns out, she's got some serious culinary secrets — including one secret to a "sexy, filthy" pasta sauce you'll want to try ASAP.
Her Favorite Dessert Is Wine
"French fries and vino are my vices," she says, explaining that she'll forego a gooey, chocolatey dessert for a "big, beautiful red" just about any day. Tignanello is her all-time fave (she loves it so much she named her former lifestyle site, The Tig, after it), but she's also a fan of Argentinian Malbecs, French cabs, and pinot noirs from Oregon.
"In the summer, though, when I'm out with my friends, it's rosé all day," she laughs.
Her Diet's Much More Disciplined When She's Filming
That whole "the camera adds 10 pounds" thing means that Markle often eats cleaner during shoot season. She gets picked up around 4:15 a.m., she says, and spends the rest of the day on set. Here's what that looks like:
- Wake up: Hot water with lemon.
- Breakfast: Steel-cut oats with bananas and agave syrup drizzled on it.
- Lunch: Salad with protein of some kind.
- Snack: Apples with almond butter and sea salt.
- Late Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Green juice.
- Dinner: Pasta with zucchini, lots of Parmesan, and a glass of wine.
When She's Not Filming, Every Day Is Fry-Day
"On hiatus, all bets are off," she says. Markle's not exactly going all out on chili cheese fries and super-sized milkshakes, but her diet does get a bit more relaxed.
- Breakfast: An omelette with fresh herbs and cheese, plus toast.
- Lunch: Seafood. And French fries, if she's lucky.
"I'm always hoping I'm having lunch with people, so we can share fries. It's its own food group for me," Markle says.
- Dinner: "Typically soup. I'm more peckish then, so I usually go lighter for dinner."
She Sees Green Juice as a Necessary Part of a Healthy Diet
Markle drinks green juices pretty regularly, but she doesn't consider them life-changing, like some people do. "Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me," she explains, drinking it more as a way to boost her energy, like you would a late-afternoon cup of coffee.
For her, a truly life-changing dish isn't about its health benefits; it's one that shifts the way you look at food, like the plate of pad thai she had at a tiny, six-table restaurant outside of Bangkok.
"There's no Michelin star, it's not fancy," she explains. "I took a bite and said, 'Oh my God, what have I been eating all my life? This is what pad thai's supposed to taste like?'"
She's Learned the Surprising Secret to Amazing Poutine
Working in Toronto — where "Suits" is filmed — has made her very familiar with an even more famous Canadian specialty: poutine, aka fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy. Many people, though, use the wrong kind of cheese. (Hint: Back away from the mozzarella.)
"It's got to squeak when you bite into it," Markle says. "Really. The cheese curds should make a squeaking noise when you bite into them or squeeze them. That's how you know you've got the right kind."
And that's not the only cooking trick up Markle's sleeve.
She Also Has a Killer Cooking Secret for Grilling Steaks
Just before serving steaks, Markle squirts them with lemon. "Nobody tastes the lemon, but it really brings out the steak's flavor," she says.
She Tried BeaverTail — and Liked It
"I was like, 'Wait, I'm sorry; what's coming in?" says Markle, who plays paralegal Rachel Zane. She didn't hesitate to give it a try, though — especially when it turned out to be funnel cakes shaped like beaver tails, covered in caramel, chocolate, and marshmallows.
"Apparently, it's a Canadian thing," she explains. "It's a sticky, delicious indulgence."
Her Pasta Sauce Is Unlike Anything You've Tried Before
A friend also convinced her to slow-cook zucchini for four to five hours, until it breaks down into a "filthy, sexy mush" to toss with pasta.
"The sauce gets so creamy you'd swear there's tons of butter and oil in it, but it's just zucchini, water, and a little bouillon," Markle says.