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
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.
"I have three young children, so I rely on meals that are quick and easy," relates Renee DePriest of Harrisburg, Illinois. These tender patties with pasta, spaghetti sauce and cheese are family-pleasers and simple enough for kids to help prepare.
A distinctive peanut sauce complements this colorful combination of tender sirloin strips, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms. I like to dish it up over spaghetti, but you could also use fried noodles.—Janice Fehr,