Pat Francis, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Pat Francis has tested.

Spaghetti all’Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti all’Aglio e Olio

This classic Italian spaghetti all’aglio e olio is going to rock your world with its understated simplicity and undeniable frugality.

  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 14
Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese

A spoon-it-straight-from-the-jar-and-slather-it-on-everything sauce with the taste of tradition, the seduction of sophistication.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 33
Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention it’s most splendid, seeing as how five minutes of effort yields a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.

  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 31
A black bowl fill with green beans, peas, and lettuce tossed with buttermilk ranch dressing

Green Bean-Pea Salad with Ranch Dressing

Tired of steamed green beans? One taste of this salad and you’ll understand why folks who try it for the first time are making it again and again and again that very same week.

  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
A plate of zucchini slaw two ways with strips of zucchini, yellow summer squash, bell pepper and two dressings

Zucchini Slaw Two Ways

Never give zucchini away again with these equally tempting yet uniquely different slaws. You get to choose—rich and creamy or tart and sweet.

  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 10
A stone bowl of mint pesto with a knife on top on a metal sheet pan

Mint Pesto

A novel take on the classic. Mint leaves, peanuts, Parmesan, lemon, garlic, and peanuts (yes, peanuts), are blitzed in a food processor. It’s great on lamb, chicken, salmon, and pasta.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A slice of a creamy onion tart, with a flaky crust and tossed mixed salad on a white plate

Creamy Onion Tart

This tart wooed and wowed us with its sophistication, simplicity, and sturdiness. And unlike that other round eggy thing in a crust, this certainly won’t call into question anyone’s manhood.

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
Nine deviled egg halves and a teaspoon on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

This Sriracha deviled eggs recipe is made with hard-cooked eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, bacon, and hot sauce. A new classic.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
White oval dish with four chicken drumsticks, chopped green tomatillos, cilantro, onion, sliced chiles

Braised Chicken with Tomatillos

Slightly tart and eminently easy, this tomatillo sauce makes ample so you can stash some in the fridge for later. Cook once, eat twice.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 11
Perfect Baked Bacon

Baked Bacon

A ridiculously easy way to cook bacon for a crowd. No fuss. No standing at the stovetop. No spatters.

  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 48
Blue casserole of spicy macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs on top and sliced of jalapeno peppers

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

All the comfort of classic mac and cheese plus a little kick. Actually, a lot of kick. Although we’ve heard not complaints.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

How fortunate for us—and by us, I mean humanity—that there exists this recipe for the best classic coleslaw known to man.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 8
Muffin tin filled with 12 mini-muffin financiers studded with raspberries

Mini-Muffin Financiers

Don’t let these delicate, diminutive cakes with the froufrou French name fool you. They’re a cinch to toss in the oven–and even easier to toss in the mouth.

  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 15
Bite-size bacon and cheese scones with smoked bacon and melted Asiago on top on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Bite-Size Bacon and Cheese Scones

Cute as a button, and not much bigger, these buttery, bacony scones are the most diminutive and darned good baked thing we’ve had in recent memory.

  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 23