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
This is an easy salad to make for your gathering—orange peppers certainly add a Halloween flair. For a fun presenatation, use a plastic cauldron for serving. You can also make this into appetizers by cutting the orange pepper into 1-inch cubes and threading the peppers and the other ingredients onto skewers.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Artichoke hearts and bacon give a simple meat sauce new dimensions. It's quick to fix, but if you're short on time, cook the beef mixture ahead. Reheat with sauce and artichokes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Just-picked veggies, pleasing bow tie pasta and flavorful seasonings mix together to make a delicious dish. To top it off, Miriam Hershberger of Holmesville, Ohio says it's easy and fun to fix. "Our daughter likes to make the pasta on a regular basis," remarks Miriam.
Pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and olives turn everyday salad mix into a Mediterranean delight. It’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken. Thanks to Brandlyn Graham of Clifton, Tennessee for the recipe!
Preparing the pizza sauce early in the week sure saves time later when it's used in this fast dinner. Tender chicken, roasted red peppers and marinated artichoke hearts put a flavorful spin on the red sauce that's served over pasta.
"I do volunteer work one evening a week and leave a meal behind for my family," relates Emily Perez of Alexandria, Virginia. "On one occasion, I left this made-in-minutes medley. When I came home, my husband said it was the best pasta dish I'd ever fixed!"