During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, British Columbia
I spent 14 years preparing meals in restaurants, but now I just cook to entertain family and friends. I've always liked the versatility of pasta. This cheesy vegetable noodle dish is one of my grandmother's favorites, so I make it often when we get together.
My family prefers homemade macaroni and cheese over the kind you get out of the box. This recipe is an easy way to keep them happy. Whenever we have a family get-together, I bring this comforting dish. Its "from scratch" taste can't be beat.
-Linda Gingrich, Freeburg, Pennsylvania
I love the crazy noodles in this creamy recipe. If you can't find the Cavatappi, it's sometimes called cellentani pasta. This dish is fun to make and it looks pretty topped with extra cheese and golden crumbs. I add ground pepper to my serving. Sara Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin
I love to make this when summer is in full swing and the vegetables are at their very best. You can substitute almost any vegetable when in season and at my house, this dish is almost never the same. —Tre Balchowsky, Sausalito, California
"I received this recipe from my college roommate, and it quickly became one of my favorites,” notes Janet Bischof of Sumter, South Carolina. “Basil gives the meatless pasta sauce just the right taste.”
Green pepper and celery add crunch to this well-flavored and creamy classic sandwich while fresh tomatoes and lettuce lend a splash of color. Tirzah Lujan or Wichita Falls, Texas shares this recipe for her mom's favorite sandwich.
If you can open a can, you can make this flavorful, layered entree from June Karres in Grawn, Michigan. Then celebrate Mother’s Day in Southwestern style! Hearty and handy, this dish is one simple but surefire family pleaser.
Our taste testers loved the simplicity and full-flavors of this meatless entree from Heather Savage of Wood River Junction, Rhode Island. With its variety in taste and texture, we can see why her family lists it as their favorite!