A creamy and comforting cheese sauce, with a hint of pepper and nutmeg, coats fettuccine noodles in fine fashion. "This is wonderful as is, but sometimes I like to add sliced fresh mushrooms and black olives that have been sauteed in butter and garlic," notes Jo Gray from Park City, Montana.
Tradition has it that if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, you'll enjoy prosperity all year through, but I serve this tasty combination of pasta, peas and tangy tomatoes sauce any time. —Marie Malsch, Bridgman, Michigan
"I got the idea for this recipe from a restaurant I used to frequent when I was in school," relates Shari Johnson of Green Bay, Wisconsin. "The tortillas are packed full of vegetables, cheese and seasonings, then baked to a golden brown.
"For lunch one day, I dreamed up these fajitas using leftover black beans I had in the refrigerator and a tomato and peppers from my visit to the local farmers market," relates Linda Rock of Stratford, Wisconsin. "It made a fast and satisfying light meal."
Crisp-tender veggies and soy sauce are combined with linguine noodles in this colorful main dish. "I got this recipe from a radio program several years ago," recalls Sara Tatham of Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Tired of pasta weighted down by sauce? Opt for Linda Nichols' nutritious toss-up of marinated tomatoes, linguine and cheese. "This recipe comes from my husband's sister, Allison, and is in our family cookbook. It is one of our favorite summer meals," she says from Atlantic, Iowa. "The leftovers make a great cold pasta salad."
Travel to Italy without leaving your kitchen with Sarah Vasques' no-hassle pasta combination. By adding artichoke hearts and rich cream, the Milford, New Hampshire cook turns regular marinara into a special sauce. “Serve it with a garden salad and garlic bread,” she suggests.