This hearty casserole takes advantage of garden-fresh vegetables and handy convenience items. "My aunt originally made this for family gatherings," notes Kate Beckman of Hemet, California. "Now I fix it any night of the week."
With this hearty entree from Marge Unger of La Porte, Indiana, all you'll need to round out the meal is garlic bread and a tossed salad. "I've fixed it for buffets, for potluck dinners and even for company. Keep the recipe handy, because you'll certainly be asked for it," Marge assures.
In Alpharetta, Georgia, subscriber Gail Earman turns to this recipe when she wants to use leftover ham. The slightly sweet combination of ham, pineapple tidbits, rice and Swiss cheese is popular at her house. "We even featured this recipe in our family cookbook," she writes.
For a stick-to-your-ribs main dish that's deliciously different, give this pie a try! The Italian sausage goes so well with mashed potatoes, and both get a new twist served in a crust and cut into wedges. My family is always glad to see me preparing this dish.
-Cindy Gage, Blair, Nebraska
For your next potluck offering, consider this hearty pasta bake from Marlene Mohr of Cincinnati, Ohio. It's jazzed up with pepperoni, sausage and olives for pizza-like flavor. It's handy, too, because it can be assembled ahead of time, then baked right before serving.
A longtime favorite for potluck dinners is transformed from a side dish to a main course with the addition of cubed ham. This one is always one of the first to go. In fact, people at the end of the line are disappointed if the pan is empty. —Diane Wilson Wing, Salt Lake City, Utah
Even though we're not Italian, this rich, cheesy pasta dish is a "family tradition" for holidays and special occasions. I was delighted the first time I tried this mostaccioli recipe—it has all the flavor of lasagna without the work of layering the ingredients. Try it…I'm sure it'll become one of your family's favorites, too! —Nancy Mundhenke, Kinsley, Kansas
"We always have plenty of pork sausage around, so when I need a quick supper, I use this handy recipe," relates Virginia Krites of Cridersville, Ohio. "The colorful vegetables give this dish a perky look to match its flavor."