No one will believe this rich, creamy dish was prepared in less than 30 minutes! I developed the recipe when my garden tomatoes, zucchini and basil were coming on strong. Using orzo instead of Arborio rice makes the risotto so much easier to prepare. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
A sure sign of spring is fresh asparagus. This recipe would be wonderful for a luncheon celebrating the season. The tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, olives, Italian seasoning and Romano cheese create a sensational taste combination.
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
“This pasta dish is simple to prepare and never fails to please,” reports Andrea Jones of McKinney, Texas. “I double and sometimes triple the recipe when hosting a get-together. You can serve it hot as a side dish or cold as a salad.”
Judith Comstock of Salado, Texas came up with this delightful side dish after becoming fascinated by the tiny pasta. With red pepper, cranberries, walnuts and Parmesan, it's as colorful as it is flavorful.
Mary Jo Welch adds a touch of lemon and a hint of dill to dress up her couscous with flavorful results! The Brandon, Manitoba cook enjoys serving this as a low-fat side to most any full-flavored meat entree.
"Our kids just love this and will sample a spoonful right from the slow cooker when they walk by," says Heidi Ferkovich of Park Falls, Wisconsin. "Sometimes I add cocktail sausages, sliced Polish sausage or cubed ham to the cheesy pasta for a hearty all-in-one dinner."
Red, yellow and green peppers lend a pleasant sweetness to Sandy's suggested side dish, Three-Pepper Pasta Toss. Ideal alongside the savory chops, this lightly coated medley complements most any meal. "It's simple, looks good and tastes wonderful," she comments. "I keep the ingredients on hand because Jeff likes it as a meatless main course."
Plum and cherry tomatoes are put to delicious use in this breezy pasta combination. “This is my favorite summer pasta dish with fresh tomatoes,” Mary Ann Hansen says from St. Cloud, Minnesota. “It’s speedy and slightly creamy and makes very simple fare with grilled meat.”
This yummy recipe from Lillian Justis of Belleplain, New Jersey will be a welcome treat at dinnertime. The warm side dish delivers strong feta and olive flavors while red pepper flakes add a little spice.