"This garlic and basil pasta recipe is a wonderful way to use your bounty of late-summer tomatoes," suggests Susan Jones of Downers Grove, Illinois. "Ideal as a side dish for grilled chicken, it also makes a great light supper when coupled with a salad and breadsticks."
This colorful pasta toss is sure to brighten your dinner table. Garlic, basil and a splash of white wine accent the sweet peppers and spiral pasta. For a fun and different look, you can substitute bow tie or medium shell pasta instead.
Reader Scott Eighme relies on basil, marjoram and thyme to flavor this rich pasta side dish. "This recipe is my older son's favorite. I came up with it when we were staying with friends and I was asked to prepare dinner one evening without making a trip to the store," he writes from Barrinton, Rhode Island. "You can easily vary it, using vegetables and herbs to suit your family's tastes."
"I got this recipe from the captain of our fire department," shares Terri Frabotta of Sterling Heights, Michigan. The speedy side dish is nicely seasoned with garlic and basil and has a subtle sweetness from honey.
We enjoyed a similar casserole at a friend's house many years ago. She didn't have a recipe but told me the basic ingredients. I eventually came up with my own version and have shared the recipe many times since. It goes great with ham but also is filling by itself. —Doris Tschorn, Levittown, New York
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.
This hearty warm pasta salad features so many flavors and textures, it's amazing they all fit in one bowl! "The sesame oil and soy sauce give it an Asian flair," shares Betty Mitchem of Satsuma, Alabama.
"When the weather turns chilly, our daughter, who is an inventive cook, transforms her favorite cold pasta salad into this warm, hearty side dish," notes Muriel Hollenbeck of Sedalia, Colorado. "I love recipes like this one that bring compliments and don't keep me in the kitchen too long."
A packet of seasoned noodles is jazzed up with just two ingredients-cream-style corn and process cheese-in this comforting side dish. "I make this recipe often," states reader Carol White of Verona, Illinois. "It only takes minutes to prepare and really hits the spot on chilly or rainy days."
"Couscous prepared this way makes a fun and colorful side dish alongside chicken, pork or fish," notes Marla Stewart of Amity, Arkansas. "I've even stirred in pineapple chunks and cooked chicken for a great lunch.