Kristen Kennedy, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Kristen Kennedy has tested.

Kristen Kennedy

Kristen Kennedy is a rather accidental cook. While completing undergrad and graduate school, her studies [and life] brought her to different parts of the world. This travel opened her eyes and expanded her palette. She quickly began planning trips around the simple pleasure of eating. To this day, she loves nothing more than learning everything about a meal–from its source to preparation. Working with Leite’s Culinaria for the past 9 years has allowed her to continue exploring her love of all things food.

When she’s not “yammering on about anything edible,” she works as a defense contractor. She also owns and operates a small company that focuses on sustainable fashion. And, most importantly, she’s a mom to a 10-year-old boy, an English Lab, and two Maine Coons.

Homemade pasta dough in 4 colors, plain, squid ink, beet, and saffron on a white background.

Homemade Pasta Dough

Pasta made fresh according to Italian tradition is unspeakably more supple, satisfying, and gratifying than the dried-out store-bought stuff and will make your mouth water. Here’s how to make it at home.

A light blue plate with a serving of rigatoni pasta covered with beef ragu, garnished with green herbs.

Pasta with Beef Ragu

If you love pasta, then nothing beats a rich and flavorful beef ragu that tastes like it took all day to make. Even better? When it comes together in 2 hours.

A metal skillet filled with creamy pasta covered with shredded Parmesan and cracked pepper, with a large serving spoon. A bowl of Parmesan and a pepper mill sit beside it.

Cacio e Pepe

This crazy satisfying, ridiculously cheap, pantry-minded dinner consists of just pasta, cheese, oil, salt, pepper, and a nifty technique.

2 chicken gyros filled with romaine, chicken, tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncinis, and tzatziki, with a bowl of tzatziki next to it.

Chicken Gyros

A Mediterranean classic that’s healthy as can be although you’d never guess it from the indulgent taste.

6 grilled chicken skewers piled on a wooden cutting board and sprinkled with slices of red onion and cilantro.

Grilled Chicken Skewers

Magnificently easy to marinate. Quick to toss on the grill. And distinctly Thai thanks to the lilt of coconut milk, fish sauce, cilantro, and curry.

A wooden cutting board with a rectangular plate and spoon on top, the plate has a mound of rice on the back half. On the front half, there's a pile of ground pork, basil, and peppers.

Thai Basil Pork

A little spicy, salty, and sweet and altogether satisfying. A weeknight salvation when you need dinner pronto but you want something that’s not predictable or boring.

A cedar plank with 3 eggs Florentine, one with spinach, one with tomato, one with ham.

Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine, Benedict, and Arnold. Sorta sounds more like a network of Revolutionary War spies than a brunch menu, yes?

Bobby Flay's barbecue sauce being poured from a pot into a white bowl.

Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Sauce

This sweet and spicy little number wooed us from our very first spoonful, banishing bottled barbecue sauce forever from our pantries.