"Tomatoes and green peppers spooned over the top give this easy-to-prepare macaroni and cheese fresh homemade taste," shares Sharon Ann Sluski from West Ossipee, New Hampshire. Our test kitchen figures her thrifty main dish costs just 94 cents per serving.
Unique and simple to prepare, this delicious dish is filled with fresh flavors, and it’s as healthy as it is hearty. Best of all, it takes just 30 minutes to set this meal on the table. You’ll definitely want to give this one a try! —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas
Years after I clipped this recipe from a local newspaper, it's still one of my husband's and my favorites. Sometimes I substitute shrimp or scallops for the ham. We can't decide which way we like it more!
“In the six years that we have been married, my husband and I have lived in five countries on three continents,” writes Rebecca Lentz of Chattanooga, Tennessee. “This dish has proved to be a winner wherever in the world we have been.”
This recipe has fed not only my own family, but many neighborhood kids! They come running when I make this supper. It's one of those things you throw together after work on a busy day because you know it works. —Julie May, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
I learned how to make this dish from friends in Genoa, Italy, where they're known for creating tasty combinations of veggies, pasta and beans. You can sub feta cheese to give this a Greek twist. — Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
I had a bunch of fresh veggies and combined them with sausage, gnocchi and goat cheese when I needed a quick dinner. Mix and match your own ingredients for unique results. —Dahlia Abrams, Detroit, Michigan
Here's a super-simple dish that tastes like it's straight from a nice Italian restaurant. Spinach-artichoke dip is usually available in supermarket delis. It comes frozen, too. Just make sure to thaw it according to the package directions before dinnertime. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan
Nothing beats the aroma of this speedy simmered pasta sauce...except its wonderful taste. To round out the meal, toss together a green salad and pop some garlic bread in the oven as shown in the photo at right. Or, steam asparagus for a swift side dish and pick up a chocolate cream pie from the supermarket.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
When I was pregnant with my first daughter I had to limit my fat intake due to health problems. I still wanted delicious meals that were great for entertaining so I started making this Alfredo for special occasions. —Jackie Price, Trenton, Missouri