This rich pasta toss from Cathy Lorenzini is great for everyday dinners or special occasions. "I can come home from work and throw this dish together in a half hour," says the St. Charles, Missouri cook. "Wherever I take it, I'm constantly asked for the recipe."
Asparagus is in season, so celebrate with this satisfying meatless dish from Genise Krause of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The tender spears pair beautifully with the creamy white sauce, which is tossed with fettuccine right in the skillet.
Treat your taste buds to this easy-to-make classic—bursting with Mediterranean goodness. It’s satisfying served with the versatile sauce. But it won’t weigh you down.—Marilee Anker, Chatsworth, California
I put a bit of a spin on a typical stir-fry that you'd normally serve over rice. Ramen noodles are quick to sub in for the rice and I find bagged coleslaw mix gives the dish a good crisp-tender bite along with some fresh broccoli. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia
This full-flavored stir-fry from Linda Trainer, Phoenix, Arizona, is sure to bring rave reviews from your family. Snappy snow peas, sweet pepper and pork are spiced up with ginger, sesame oil,, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. Consider rices a s an alternative to the pasta.
I used to work at a restaurant that served a variation of chicken with penne pasta. I didn't know how easy it would be to make until I gave it a shot at home - now it's always a requested meal around my house. —Rusty Koll, Elmwood, Illinois
With the delectable combination of basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, this warm pasta medley makes a wonderful meatless side or main course. From Avon Lake, Ohio, Sandy Jenkins writes, “Everyone in our family loves this recipe, and it’s such a great way to use fresh tomatoes from your garden.”
A colorful combination of zucchini and zippy canned tomatoes is delicious over quick-cooking angel hair pasta. We like the extra zest from crushed red pepper flakes. —Kathleen Timberlake, Dearborn Heights, Michigan
You'll need just four ingredients to fix this simple supper that makes the most of convenience products. This is a super-easy way to make a "comfort food" dinner for your family. To save time, defrost the meatballs in the microwave.—Sarita Powers, Madison, Virginia