Simple, savory and stir-fry fast, this easy entree from Dette Rainwater in Baker, Louisiana adds colorful summer zucchini, tomatoes and a splash of Italian dressing to leftover beef. Fabulous!
TIP: For an even faster version, skip the spaghetti and serve as a hearty cold salad.
"Yum" is what my family says when I serve this. With a squeeze of lime juice and a few sprigs of cilantro added at the end, you'll have a simple meal with complex flavors. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
“I found this recipe years ago in an old Italian cookbook and made some changes to it,” explains Janice Mitchell of Aurora, Colorado. “It’s been one of our favorites since then. This fits the category of ‘quick, easy and delicious.’”
"I love pasta but get tired of serving it with tomato sauce all the time. My family really enjoys the different and delicious combination of ham and olives in this easy one-pot meal. It goes together so quickly and makes a great way to use up leftover ham. I like to serve it with a tossed salad and warm, crusty garlic bread," shares Valerie Smith of Aston, Pennsylvania.
"I created this supper standout one day with just the items in my refrigerator at the time. The recipe will leave your mouth watering for more! My family craves this dish any time of year because it’s so delicious and light. Enjoy!" writes Cyndi McLaughlin in Pinon Pines, California.
This is one of my favorite recipes because it's so quick and easy, but it looks and tastes like I spent all day cooking it. And it has all of my favorite things in it!—Barbara Christensen of Arvada, Colorado
With just a few minutes of prep work, this makes an eye-catching entree. “I sometimes add a handful of halved grape tomatoes to the pan during the last minute of cooking,” says Diana Santospago of Isle au Haut, Maine. “It’s a very pretty, tasty dish.”
"My wife, Jennie, is a wonderful cook who’s generally skeptical about my kitchen experiments. But she likes this recipe well enough to give me temporary kitchen privileges…and even encouraged me to enter this contest! If you can’t find the soup called for here, nacho or cheese soup make easy substitutes," suggests Mike Kirschbaum in Cary, North Carolina.
I like to serve this lovely pasta, featuring scallops and shrimp, with crusty Italian bread. Sprinkled with tomato and parsley, this dish looks as mouthwatering as it tastes. —Jimmy Spellings, Oakland, Tennessee
This zippy entree from Athena Russell of Florence, South Carolina looks and tastes special, but it’s a cinch to make. “When I get home from work, I like to prepare quick dishes, and this is one of our favorites,” Athena says.
Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina shared this out-of-the-ordinary Stroganoff, made with snap peas and a mild blue cheese sauce. “You can use any kind of pasta you wish…even leftovers,” Doris notes.