June Alexander of Urbana, Ohio always keeps a box of instant potato flakes on hand. “They’re perfect for sprinkling into potato soup, chili and stew to thicken the mixture without altering the flavor,” she explains.
I used to make this often when my children were small and I worked full-time. It's easy to prepare the night before, then pop into the oven shortly before suppertime. We still like it—even as a cold snack!—Nancy C. Latham, Moses Lake, Washington
To lighten up this recipe, I use ground turkey breast and fat-free gravy. This hearty stew is also good served over your favorite pasta, biscuits or leftover mashed potatoes.
Mary Tallman - Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
Chock-full of ham, beans and celery, this hearty soup makes a wonderful meal at any time of year. Freeze the bone from a holiday ham until you're ready to make soup. Plus, once prepared, it freezes well for a great make-ahead supper!
White Stone, Virginia