Robert Castagna, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert Castagna has tested.

A bowl of curried sweet potato and lentil soup, sprinkled with black pepper, with a spoon resting inside the bowl.

Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

The spiciness of red curry paste and the sweetness of sweet potatoes and heartiness of lentils and the tanginess of lime in a single beautiful bowl of deliciousness.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
Four bottles of natural food coloring in different shades.

How To Make Natural Food Coloring

At last, after literally years of searching, we have the perfect DIY natural food coloring recipe. No preservatives. No artificial coloring. No monumental price tag.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 124
Two sweet potato puddings in white souffle dishes on a silver tray with spoons and a bowl of whipped cream beside them.

Sweet Potato Puddings

We’re been foregoing the classic sweet potato casserole for these lovely and sweetly satisfying puddings instead.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
Two halved grilled cheese with onion jam on a wooden cutting board alongside a dish of onion jam and a butter knife.

Grilled Cheese with Onion Jam

Up your grilled cheese game with this riff on the classic that plays loose and easy with Cheddar, chutney, and caramelized onions.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 8
A patty melt sandwich filled with ground beef, caramelized onions and cheese.

Classic Patty Melt

A properly made patty melt is a hot mess that demands all your attention and a lotta napkins. Sorta as if a grilled cheese and hamburger had a love child.

  • (3)
  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 13
A roast pork loin with apples and onions scattered around it on a baking sheet.

Roast Pork Loin with Apples and Onions

This pork loin, with its fennel and garlic rub and apples and onions roasted on the same sheet pan, is about to become your new favorite supper salvation.

  • (24)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 74
Almond and coconut granola scattered on a baking sheet with a spoon resting in the center.

Almond and Coconut Granola

An inspired take on a classic, this simple, sassy granola recipe is yours to follow to the letter or tweak to your (or your most picky family member’s) content.

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 55 M
  • 15
Two bowls of North Carolina clam chowder with a torn slice of bread, two empty bowls, and several spoons beside them.

North Carolina Clam Chowder

No, not New England clam chowder. North Carolina clam chowder. It’s a brothier, clammier, lighter chowder that lets the clamminess come through. No complaints here.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
An overhead view of a glass of blueberry kale smoothie with a straw and some blueberries and kale scattered around the glass.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Tastes like “bananas and blueberries and creamy icy summertime.” That’s what folks are saying about this spectacularly simple smoothie that has made converts of even avowed kale loathers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
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 biscuits we’ve had in recent memory. Maybe ever.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 31