The Start menu in Windows 11 is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.
The Recommended section on the Start menu shows a list of your recently added apps and recently opened items.
While you currently cannot remove the Recommended section on the Start menu, you can clear the Recommended section to always show empty.
This tutorial will show you how to clear the Start menu Recommended section to always show empty for your account in Windows 11.
EXAMPLE: Start menu Recommended section
1 Open Settings (Win+I).
2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Start on the right side. (see screenshot below)
3 Under Layout, select (dot) More pins to reduce the size of the Recommended section. (see screenshot below)
4 Turn off Show recently added apps.
5 Turn off Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer.
This will clear your recent items list, and will also stop showing recently opened items in Jump Lists and File Explorer > Home > Recent.
6 You can now close Settings if you like.