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How do you make gnocchi as light as air? Just work quickly, handling the dough as little as possible; puffy pasta pillows will result.—Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan
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Pistachio Cranberry Orzo

Pistachio Cranberry Orzo

Pistachio Cranberry Orzo

“This recipe was originally an entree with chicken and linguini,” notes Barbara Spitzer of Lodi, California. “I keep changing the ingredients to go with whatever else I’m serving for dinner, but my husband prefers this recipe.”

Minty Orzo and Peas

Minty Orzo and Peas

Minty Orzo and Peas

My grandmother used to serve this side dish along with roast leg of lamb. With its fresh mint taste, it also makes a nice salad served chilled. It's simple but delicious. -Kristen Dunphy of Haverhill, Massachusetts

Pasta Veggie Medley

Pasta Veggie Medley

Pasta Veggie Medley

You won't waste a second making this delicious side dish. Cook the pasta while you're sauteing the vegetables, and they'll be done at the same time.—Edith Ruth Muldoon, Baldwin, New York
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Zucchini Carrrot Couscous

Zucchini Carrrot Couscous

Zucchini Carrrot Couscous

Our test kitchen home economists developed the recipe for this colorful side dish. Sauteed vegetables add texture and crunch to the quick-cooking couscous.

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

"With fresh mushrooms, plum tomatoes and herbs to spice up its flavor, this dish tastes like summertime to me," says Jacqueline Graves of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Chock-full of garden goodness, the chunky sauce cooks up quickly, too.

Noodles and Kraut

Noodles and Kraut

Noodles and Kraut

I sampled this recipe at a 25th anniversary party and was told it was a family favorite, courtesy of a Polish grandmother. I shared the recipe with my sister-in-law’s family and she told me her five-year-old son loved it so much that he would eat it cold for breakfast! Every time our family gathers now, someone brings this dish.

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

"I make this meatless dish often for my husband and me," writes Karen Vienot of Rothesay, New Brunswick. Try it as a change of pace from traditional sauces.

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

When the temperature drops in Shawnee, Kansas, Melanie Hudson warms up with a comforting Italian classic. “As a zippy side or light entree, you simply can’t beat it for simplicity,” she notes. Serve with a tossed green salad.

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Denise Ramey from Francesville, Indiana created this recipe by combining some of her favorite flavors and textures. Serve warmed tortilla chips on the side of this robust, crunchy pasta dish.

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

From Desert Hot Springs, California, Marian Ridgeway writes, “My neighbor and I used to have a friendly competition for that first ripe tomato! This side dish with orzo is always a favorite.”

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Can't decide whether to cook vegetables or pasta for a side dish? Try combining them in this medley. It received rave reviews at our volunteer fire department meeting. Now, I make it for other covered-dish suppers.
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