My husband and I look forward to this dinner. The savory beef tucked inside tender acorn squash halves is a satisfying autumn combination. Plus, it's a lighter entree and very flavorful. — Edna Lee, Greeley, Colorado
Savory and satisfying, this thick chili-like soup has a mild taco flavor and eye-appealing color. "It comes together quickly and always brings compliments," says Marylou von Scheele from University Place, Washington. "A meal in itself, the recipe can easily be doubled to make more servings."
"No one can believe you don't cook the spaghetti before adding it to this family-pleasing fare," comments Margery Bryan of Royal City, Washington. "I love to make it for company to show them how easy it is."
"After years of experimenting, my mom has perfected her hearty spaghetti sauce recipe," notes Jennifer Shaw of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. "It's excellent served with a tossed salad and garlic bread." Although the recipe makes more than two servings, it freezes well.
Remember those times when only a burger in all its smoky, juicy, jumbo-layered, lettuce pickle madness can hit the spot? Roasted red onions and mayo blended with crushed peppercorns make this the spot-on burger. —Melissa Jelinek, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Meet the Cook: Now that my husband has retired - we have two grown sons - we eat out a lot. If we stay home, though, he asks if we are going to have this chili! I've been making it, with a few ingredients added or changed , most of my married life.
-Shirley Marshall, Michigantown, Indiana
When I was a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader years ago, many youngsters would ask to stay for dinner when they heard I was serving these burgers. Friends and family still ask for them. - Eleanor Davidson, Pittsboro, North Carolina