This recipe was given to me by my mother's friend when I was a newlywed. I was in a panic over what to serve to guests, and she suggested this. It was a big hit, and I've continued serving it for the past 40 years.
"My sister-in-law prepared these hearty sandwiches that are filled with chicken, mushrooms and pepperoni," writes Tricia Buss of Telford, Pennsylvania. "My husband loved them so much, he insisted I ask for the recipe."
I had my first stuffed pizza when I attended college near Chicago. I was amazed to see pizza well over an inch thick, with topping on the inside! When I served this version to my family, there are no leftovers.
Nancy Gilmour of Sumner, Iowa
This traditional lasagna is a real crowd-pleaser. With ground beef, Italian sausage, a from-scratch tomato sauce and a rich cheese sauce, it's hearty and delicious. I get lots of compliments when I put together and share this wonderful dish.—Donna Patterson, Davenport, Iowa
When your hungry clan requests, "Spaghetti, please!", you'll be happy to oblige with this simple savory sauce. It proves appetizingly that homemade spaghetti sauce doesn't have to simmer all day in order to be hearty and delicious.
Instead of chicken breasts, try cut-up chicken or even browned turkey in her main dish. it's also interesting to try different types of pasta or to substitute rice for the spaghetti.Carolene Esayenko, Calgary, Alberta
Basil, marjoram and Parmesan cheese nicely season this satisfying main dish from Polly Lynam of Mequon, Wisconsin. "I saute the meat while the pasta is cooking, so it takes just minutes to make," she says. "My family likes it with tender strips of pork, but chicken is an easy alternative."
Give leftover ham a face-lift in this tasty pasta dish that mixes up in a wink. The mild cream sauce gets fresh flavor from sauteed mushrooms and a boost of color from frozen peas. —Joan Laurenzo, Johnstown, Ohio