Robert Castagna, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert Castagna has tested.

A square pan filled with pumpkin lasagna, covered with melted cheese.

Pumpkin Lasagna

A lovely labor of love, this lasagna buries fresh pumpkin pasta beneath a quartet of cheeses–mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Fontina, and Parmigiano. Might wanna loosen that belt.

An open jar of peach salsa next to three fish tacos topped with peach salsa.

Peach Salsa

Peach salsa works its considerable magic on anything you pull from the grill. And it’s obscenely easy to make from surplus stone fruit.

A white plate of zucchini linguine--with pasta, zucchini, garlic, capers, mint, dill, and cheese with a fork

Zucchini Linguine

This zucchini linguine is a panoply of summer abundance with summer squash and herbs crowding out the usual pasta sauce suspects. No complaints here.

A white dish partially filled with blueberry crumble, with a spoon resting on top and a colander filled with blueberries beside it.

Blueberry Crumble

Need to bring something to a backyard bash when all you want is mad crazy gratitude and an empty dish to take home? This blueberry crumble with a crumbly oatmeal cookie topping is your answer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.