My sister was hosting a birthday party and asked me to bring sausage and peppers. I'd never made them before, so I altered a braised pepper recipe. Now family members request this dish often.
—Jeanne Corsi, Arnold, Pennsylvania
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.
Here's a super-easy Italian entree you may just fall in love with. “I created this dish from ingredients I had on hand,” says Mary Jo Grossman of Cloquet, Minnesota. “My husband, Bob, and I are empty-nesters, so I'm always interested in recipes for one or two.”
“This simple dish was inspired by other pasta recipes in S&D. I didn’t have the ingredients on hand, so I raided the refrigerator and cupboards and came up with this perfect meal," writes Theresa Moore of Mancelona, Michigan.
“Here’s a family favorite that’s requested monthly in our house," writes Janelle Moore from Federal Way, Washington. "The Italian sausage paired with creamy tomato sauce tastes out of this world. Not only is this dish simple to make, it tastes like you slaved over a hot stove for hours!”
My niece shared this recipe with me, and whenever I’ve served it, I get requests for the recipe. The sausage, tortellini, tomatoes, zucchini and herbs make it different from typical stews featuring meat and potatoes. It’s a hearty one-dish meal that’s simple to prepare.
This slimmed-down version of a savory supper has just half the calories, 20% of the fat, 15% of the saturated fat and about 40% of the cholesterol. Yet the full-flavor result is one her family—and your—can enjoy without the guilt.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
"When my sister first served us this unusual medley, I couldn't believe how good it was because she had thrown it together so quickly," informs Laura McCarthy of Butte, Montana. "Sweet pineapple really adds to the taste."
For a skillet supper that's hearty enough to satisfy the biggest appetites in your house, try this recipe from Norma Fick. "I like to serve this dish with corn bread muffins," reports the Decatur, Illinois cook.