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Cook’s Illustrated’s Most Popular Recipes of 2023

When we say popular, we mean it. Tens of thousands of you flocked to each of these 10 recipes over the course of the year.
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Published Dec. 21, 2023.

Our archive includes thousands upon thousands of recipes. But this year, these are the ten that drew the most views of any others on our site. Perhaps fittingly, they run the gamut from mains to desserts.

Topping the list with nearly 53,000 views is associate editor Erica Turners Pasta alla Zozzona—a remarkable testament to its popularity, given that the recipe debuted on the site less than a year ago. “The best pasta sauce I have EVER made”; “WOW!”; “Sweet mother of comfort food!” are just some of the raves this creamy, porky dish has garnered in the recipe comments.

Other recipes are long-time favorites of our subscribers, including Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies and deputy food editor Andrea Geary's Olive Oil Cake (and brand new to the site this month but quickly climbing the ranks is her chocolate version of this dessert).

See what other recipes rounded out our top 10 of 2023, including Sasha Marx's Cheesier Nacho Cheese Sauce, Andrew Janjigian's Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken), and senior editor Steve Dunn's Bangers with Onion Gravy.

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#1 Most Popular

Pasta alla Zozzona

An unorthodox union of carbonara and Amatriciana, pasta alla zozzona is peak decadence.
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#2 Most Popular

Focaccia di Recco

Pizza-like focaccia di Recco is crisp, chewy, and laden with molten cheese.
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#3 Most Popular

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

We set out to achieve a cookie that was crisp at the edges, chewy in the middle, and full of rich toffee flavor. The result? One of our most popular recipes of all time.
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#4 Most Popular

Easy-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

You no longer need to fear the drudgery of peeling hard-boiled eggs—with the right cooking method, the shells practically fly off.
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#5 Most Popular

Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Jalapeño Dipping Sauce

These golden onion rings fry up delicately crisp and run circles around restaurant versions.
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#6 Most Popular

Bangers with Onion Gravy

Bangers and mash may be the meat and potatoes, but this cozy Brit classic hangs on the onion gravy.
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#7 Most Popular

Hot Ukrainian Borscht

Equal parts rustic vegetable stew and bright, sheer, meaty broth, borscht is the universal, infinitely adaptable heart of Ukrainian cuisine.
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#8 Most Popular

Olive Oil Cake

Repurpose one of your favorite savory ingredients for a cake that’s light yet plush and simple yet sophisticated.
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#9 Most Popular

Cheesier Nacho Cheese Sauce

Ooey-gooey nacho cheese sauce that actually tastes like cheese.
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#10 Most Popular

Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

Of course it should be rich and creamy. But for a version of this restaurant classic that’s vibrant and complex, there’s more to consider than the namesake ingredient.  
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