My family's not big on traditional pasta salads made with mayonnaise, so when I served this colorful version that uses Italian dressing, it was a big hit. This crowd-pleaser is loaded with vegetables, beans and tricolor pasta.
-Felicia Fiocchi, Vineland, New Jersey
"One day, I needed to have dinner ready when we walked in the door after work and school. So I altered a skillet dish that my family likes into this delicious slow cooker meal, and it was ready and waiting when we got home. It's perfect for a weeknight meal but is nice enough for company, too." —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
For special days, I make this cheesy pasta bake loaded with chicken and all sorts of veggies. Want a vegetarian version? Use vegetable stock and garbanzo beans. —Liz Bellville, Jacksonville, North Carolina
"I've made this salad many times for my husband and me," Nancy Adams of Las Vegas, Nevada writes of her flavorful and fetching macaroni medley. "We like it for lunch with pineapple-topped ham slices and sweet potatoes. Or you can stir in a can of tuna into the salad for a complete meal."
"When it comes to pleasing a crowd at a picnic or other summer gathering, this colorful pasta and veggie salad does the trick," say Taunja Roberts of Amity, Oregon. "My good fried Melody created this terrific recipe and shared it with me.
It’ll remind you of a fancier tuna noodle casserole, but this creamy dish comes together quickly in a skillet. Serve it with a simple spinach salad and store-bought breadsticks for weekday elegance in no time. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen