While dreaming up a healthier pasta dish, I decided to experiment with spaghetti squash. After a few tries, I settled on this delicious casserole bursting with flavor but not fat.
Christina Morris, Calabasas, California
Kathy Bence from Edmonds, Washington always gets asked for a copy of this family-pleasing recipe. The hearty meatless main dish - a combination of spaghetti and lasagna ingredients - is cheese and well seasoned with a creamy tomato sauce.
I got this recipe from a local radio cooking program. It's easy to assemble and features traditional pizza ingredients over a unique noodle "crust". Get ready to dish out the recipe!—Shelly Ryun, Malvern, Iowa
This chunky sauce is so good you'll think it's loaded with meat. But it actually features a whole bushel of fantastic produce. I can start this sauce early in the afternoon and have it slowly simmer on the stove until dinnertime. It's nice to rely on no-fuss recipes like this on busy days.—Barbara Njaa, Nikiski, Alaska
I came up with this kid-friendly Southwestern recipe one afternoon when I was using up leftover spaghetti and ground beef. When I'm lucky enough to have extra time, I make two batches and freeze one. —Johanna Van Ness, Wichita, KS
"I have five children who are finicky eaters, but they all like this fun variation on traditional pizza," reports Helen Van Norman from Maplewood, Minnesota. Spaghetti noodles for the crust while the delicious sauce and spicy Italian sausage give it authentic flavor.
"This cheesy chicken and pasta dish freezes well, so you can take one casserole to a potluck and save the second for another time," suggests Debbi Smith of Crossett, Arkansas. "It makes a quick, comforting meal."
Jeanette Fuehring's cheesy chicken and broccoli dish makes enough for two meals. "I serve one casserole for supper the night I make it and freeze the other for a quick dinner later," says the Concordia, Missouri cook.
“My hot dish recipe is delicious but not very healthy,” writes Melanie Dalbec of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. “I would love it if you could make it over.” This comforting version offers all of the goodness you’d expect from a casserole with nearly 60% less fat than Melanie's original recipe.