Robert Castagna, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert Castagna has tested.

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.

  • (23)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 72
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
A spoon with raspberry jam dripping off of it.

Homemade Raspberry Jam

You can’t prolong summer. But you can prolong raspberry season with some lipstick-red berries, a little sugar, and this easy and unerringly helpful recipe.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 7
A homemade white pizza with salad, topped with Parmesan on a metal peel

White Pizza with Salad

Classic white pizza meets a tangle of tender spring greens. This is sooooooooo our kinda spring detox!

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 2
A round of farmers cheese resting on a piece of cheesecloth in a bowl.

Farmer Cheese

This homemade farmer cheese is rich, creamy, lovely, and crazy easy to make. Sorta like a poor man’s (or shall we say, lazy man’s) homemade ricotta. Here’s how to make it.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6
A broken slice of banana bread stacked on a white plate

Banana Bread

A superlative version of the classic American quick bread that everyone loves. And that everyone pretty much always has the ingredients for on hand.

  • (50)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 144