I’ve been cooking 50 years and this dish is still one that guests ask for frequently. My No. 1 standby recipe also makes amazing hero sandwiches, and the sauce works for any pasta. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
"This zesty dish is a favorite of mine because it has a wonderful Southwestern taste and is easy to prepare," explains Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas. "I serve it on nights when we have only a few minutes to eat before running off to meetings or sports events."
"My husband raved about this sweet bean dish after tasting it at a party, so I knew I had to get the recipe," recalls Jan Biehl, Leesburg, Indiana. "It's perfect for get-togethers because you can mix it up a day early and toss it in the slow cooker a few hours before your guests arrive."
I wanted to create my ideal version of a stuffed manicotti, which requires a fantastic filling and a meat sauce to die for. This recipe is the final result, and I don't mind saying it's a huge success!—Shalimar Wiech, Glassport, Pennsylvania
Our family loves this hearty stew. I like to serve steaming helping in old-fashioned soup plates with thick crusty slices of homemade bread. To get the 11 cups of chopped cabbage for this stew, you'll need to start with a small head of cabbage, about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds. Or for quicker prep, substitute coleslaw mix from the produce department.—Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas
My mother-in-law shared this recipe with me when my husband and I were first married. Over the past 50 years, I've relied on this meal-in-one more times than I can count. - Dolores Hickenbottom, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
"I lead a busy life, so I'm always trying to come up with time-saving recipes," relates Vickie Gibson of Gardendale, Alabama. "This zippy and colorful soup is one of my husband's favorites. It has been a hit at family gatherings, too."