Lila Ferrari, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Lila Ferrari has tested.

A rectangular casserole dish filled with spicy tomato crumble, and a spoon resting in it.

Spicy Tomato Crumble

This spicy tomato crumble isn’t your run-of-the-mill crumble with its savory tomato filling and gently spiced crumble topping. And leftovers reheat beautifully.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A wooden bowl filled with Escalivada bread salad and a frothy beer on the side.

Catalan Bread Salad | Escalivada

We wish someone had told us a heck of a lot sooner about this uncommon bread salad, which embellishes the usual ingredient suspects with figs and walnuts.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
A white bowl partially filled with arugula pesto and a spoon resting in the pesto. A few arugula leaves scattered beside the bowl.

Arugula Pesto

A peppery riff on the classic Italian condiment that may even have improved upon tradition.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
Spaetzle

Spaetzle

Spaetzle is like homemade pasta but without all that fussy rolling out, which makes it as easy as it is satisfying. Not to mention cheap as can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
A pail and a white bowl filled with red curry mussels, as well as a bowl of discarded mussel shells

Red Curry Mussels

Quick. Easy. And anything but humdrum. That’s these red curry mussels that make an unexpectedly perfect weeknight dinner solution.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Cakey Brownies

Brownies for a Crowd

“So satisfying.” “Cakey and chocolatey and everything a brownie should be.” That’s what folks are saying about this crowd-pleaser.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Black tray with a slab of cinnamon toast bars--brownie-like dessert made with brown sugar and cinnamon, two bars cut on the side

Cinnamon Toast Bars

Just like cinnamon toast. Except better. Your kids will worship you. So will your inner kid.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

“Irresistible.” “The perfect combination of sweet, salt, spice, and crunch.” “We. Can. NOT. Stop. Eating. Them.” “Absolutely perfect.” That’s what we’re hearing about these candied pecans.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 22
White plate with steamed mussels in beer, topped with parsley, nearby lemon wedges and a bottle of beer

Steamed Mussels in Beer

This simple summer crowd-pleaser has “easy entertaining” scrawled all over it. Just don’t forget the bottle opener.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 6
Two heads of roasted garlic--one in foil, one unwrapped--drizzled with oil on a cutting board

Roasted Garlic

Is there anything better than roasted garlic? We think not. Three ingredients. Almost no effort. And yet what results is both complex and versatile and knee-wobblingly lovely.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 1 H, 5 M
  • 2
Hamburger Buns

Burger Buns

Beautiful burger buns. Were ever three words joined in such harmonious sequence? Actually, let’s add buxom and buttery.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 40
Six one-bowl mocha brownies on wood

One-Bowl Mocha Brownies

If you’re going to splurge on brownies, you may as well, you know, SPLURGE on brownies. But not in terms of effort or expense. Just taste. These brownies handle it splendidly.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Cast-iron skillet with a Dutch baby--a popover pancake--topped with powder sugar on a set breakfast table

Dutch Baby

Everyone who’s made this little lovely is lauding it as the airiest, most perfect puffed pancake they’ve met.

  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 61