Robert Castagna, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert Castagna has tested.

A silver platter filled with asparagus tempura with some pieces of asparagus and a glass of beer on a wooden table.

Asparagus Tempura

Easy and shatteringly crisp and light and perfect. That’s what folks are saying about this delicate beer-battered asparagus tempura.

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A white plate topped with a spring panzanella made with tomatoes, bread, asparagus, and Parmesan. A small plate of additional shaved Parmesan sits beside it.

Spring Panzanella

For when you just can’t wait until midsummer for your fave Italian bread salad.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
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.

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  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 132
White plate with a maple pork chops, carrots, and beets with feta cheese

Maple Pork Chops

Expect a subtle sweetness from this pork chop sensation that comes together from pantry standbys. We suspect that, like us, you’re gonna wanna add it to your weeknight rotation.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 6
A ceramic bowl filled with colcannon - an Irish dish of mashed potatoes, cabbage, kale and bacon.

Colcannon ~ Potatoes and Cabbage

There are countless versions of this classic. We’re partial to this recipe which gilds the potatoes and cabbage with kale and bacon and beer.

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
Several Frito pies made in open bags of Fritos.

Frito Pie

Rite of passage as well as rite of tailgating, Frito Pie is legendary. In case you’d forgotten about it, here’s how. Serve it as-is or glam it up with anything you like.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8
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.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
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.

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  • 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.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 8