A bowlful of this soup is so satisfying, it's hard to believe it's actually good for you, too. I crave it all the time. With lots of filling beans and potatoes, the recipe even hits the spot with meat lovers. —Kristina Krummel, Elkins, Arkansas
There's garden-fresh flavor in every spoonful of this easy-to-make soup. I like it for a low-calorie lunch, along with a roll and fruit for dessert. It serves just two, so you don't end up with leftovers.
-Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma
"Fresh herbs really make the difference in the flavor of this low-fat vegetarian soup," notes Lisa Blackwell from Henderson, North Carolina. "It tastes especially delicious when it's could out," she adds.
This chilled pasta salad is pleasing to the eye and the palate. Susan Branch likes to serve it when sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini are in season around her Kalamazoo, Michigan home. Her make-ahead favorite is lightly dressed with tarragon vinegar, olive oil and dill week.
Jennifer Shields from Chesnee, South Carolina dresses up canned minestrone to make this shortcut soup that's loaded with colorful vegetables. Serve bowls with a sandwich or salad for a satisfying yet superfast meal.
Bits of sweet red pepper peek through these pretty polenta squares that have a slightly sweet corn flavor and are generously seasoned with sage. Serve this traditional ethnic side dish with Italian entrees...or even Southwestern fare, suggests our Test Kitchen staff.
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."
Vine-ripened tomatoes roast up into a versatile sauce that's excellent over pasta, grilled chicken and fish or on toasted French bread for bruschetta. I often double or triple the recipe, and my husband still can't get enough.
A bread machine saves time when preparing the thick homemade crust for this Italian treat. "My boys happily call it green pizza due to all of the spinach," shares Sharlin Blamires of Coweta, Oklahoma. And because Sharlin leaves out the meat and uses fresh tomatoes instead of canned sauce, her pizza is much lower in salt than most carryout pies.