Pat Francis, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Pat Francis has tested.

A white bowl full of buctini pasta, covered with grated cheese and parsley.

Pasta With Anchovies and Onions

If you know Chris McDade, you know he loves the salty umami bombs known as anchovies. Let this effortless pasta show you why we’re obsessed, too.

Grilled Pork Skewers with Peaches

Grilled Pork Skewers with Peaches

We just can’t get enough of this peachy, simple, skewer-y, summer salad of sorts that comes together in far less than an hour. Prep, grill, toss. You’re done.

A tangle of sautéed summer squash ribbons on a square white plate.

Sautéed Summer Squash Ribbons

America’s Test Kitchen came up with a painless way to avoid soggy squash (squashy squashes?) that makes a lovely, zingy side dish. It’s a splendid way to get your veggies.

A grey ceramic bowl filled with baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs

Baked Mac and Cheese With Bread Crumbs

Because nothing says love like cheesy pasta magnificence. This baked mac ‘n cheese, with Colby, Cheddar, and crisp, buttery bread crumbs can be made ahead of time, too.

A Mason jar filled with pickled shallots, submerged in brine.

Pickled Shallots

These pretty pink refrigerator pickles are almost instant in terms of gratification, undeniably complex in terms of satisfaction.

A mint julep panna cotta in a blue bowl, garnished with mint sprigs and a silver spoon scooping it.

Mint Julep Panna Cotta

This mint julep panna cotta has all the minty essence of the classic cocktail but in a creamy dessert. A Kentucky Derby must.

A grilled Thai beef salad with lettuce, thinly sliced beef, shallots, and cilantro, on a green plate.

Grilled Thai Beef Salad

Spicy. Sweet. Tangy. Irresistible. Just what we want in something that’s hot off the grill and destined for dinner. Not to mention an easy way to get your greens down.

A plastic bowl of creamy Italian salad dressing on a white and grey marble surface.

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Iceberg lettuce gets a serious upgrade with this creamy vinaigrette, a handful of herbs and red wine vinegar. Not only iceberg lettuce, you’ll slather it on everything.