After cooking spaghetti, I run a pizza cutter across it on the plate to make neatly cut pieces of pasta. This makes it easier to cut small bite-size pieces for kids. —Anna Victoria Reich, Albuquerque, New Mexico
In Easton, Pennsylvania, Margaret Glassic lets this hearty sauce simmer while she mixes up the meatballs. "I've served this pasta dish for 50 years, and people still tell me it's the best they've had," she relates.
This was my mother-in-law's recipe and as a bride, my first adventure into serious cooking. I enjoy spending the time making it, knowing I'll have enough for several meals.
For a very different treatment, the spicy chicken mixture is coated with a cream sauce and served over hot cooked linguine. "Sometimes I garnish this dish with fresh cilantro and crunchy fried tortilla strips," Nancy notes.