Recipe Spotlight

America’s Test Kitchen’s Most-Saved Recipes, November 2023 Edition

See the recipes our subscribers favorited the most this month.

Published Nov. 2, 2023.

This is the fourth installment of our monthly column where we showcase the recipes our digital subscribers favorited the most last month. (Check out the previous installments to see which recipes people were taken with in past editions.)

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So which recipes did our subscribers save the most this past month? The weather is getting cooler and the top recipes reflect that. Let’s count down the top six.

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6. Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Wild rice and mushrooms are a perfect match, and former Test Cook Celeste Rogers developed a velvety soup using the best each has to offer. More than 2 hours to make a soup, you say? Well, subscriber Laura S. commented that it was “Wonderful, took a little time to make but it was worth it. Will make again!” 


Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

For a rich, earthy, nutty-tasting wild rice and mushroom soup, we had to figure out how to make its signature ingredients do more than just add bulk.
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5. Applesauce Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

Bring on the fall with Cook’s Country Senior Editor Jessica Rudolph’s buttery-sweet, lightly spiced applesauce cake. It’s popular for a reason. Per subscriber Jeanie S. (and guests), “The cake was easy to make, and the frosting went together very quickly. Several people said it was the best cake they ever had—it is definitely going on the menu again and again.”


Applesauce Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

With its rich, caramel-like topping, this buttery-sweet, lightly spiced cake is sure to please.
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4. Stir-Fried Vegetables and Pork with Crispy Wontons

If you’re a fan of egg rolls, you’ll love this new Cook’s Country recipe from Amanda Luchtel. It features all the flavors of the popular Chinese American appetizer. This 30-minute dish couldn’t be more approachable and is worth adding to your list of weeknight staples. Subscriber Carolyn S. found the recipe “Super easy & so good. Family rotation approved!” 


Stir-Fried Vegetables and Pork with Crispy Wontons

These deconstructed egg roll bowls feature all the flavors of the popular Chinese American appetizer.
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3. Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

For her second recipe in this countdown, Jessica Rudolph brings you a delicious sauce to toss with your best cheese ravioli. It’s user-friendly and leaves room for improvising, according to subscriber Vivienne S: “I planned to make this—bought the ingredients—then had a martini . . . and wasn’t all that interested in measuring . . . It was sensational. Definitely going into the fall/winter rotation.”


Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Save time with store-bought ravioli and canned pumpkin, and spend it on browned butter, toasted hazelnuts, and crispy sage leaves instead.
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2. Triple Mushroom Pasta

Cook’s Illustrated Associate Editor Erica Turner’s show-stopping pasta (previously featured in October’s Top 6 Countdown) is back, and in second place this month! Subscriber Brad R. made it and converted his wife into a mushroom-lover.


Triple Mushroom Pasta

Clever techniques turn a trio of fungi into a luxe pasta sauce.
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1. Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Cook’s Illustrated Deputy Food Editor Andrea Geary lets the flavors speak for themselves in this rich yet simple cake, which is a chocolate version of our ever-popular Olive Oil Cake. Subscriber Kim D. says, “This was delicious and so easy! The sugar crust came out great. The textures and flavors were great—a moist, rich, cake that wasnt too heavy or too sweet. Great recipe that doesnt need a mixer.”


Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Dressed up or served unadorned, this dark, rich version of a reader favorite comes together even more easily than the original.
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