Now that all my kids are grown and most are married, they often still come home for Sunday Dinner and their most requested meal is my Baked Shepherd's Casserole. They love the meat, potatoes and gravy combined. It's definitely our family comfort go-to food. When you get several people in the kitchen chopping, slicing and preparing, it comes together super fast and, at the same time, you get to catch up on all the family happenings. —Beverly Matthews, Pasco, Washington
I often take this hearty meal-in-one dish to potluck suppers at the community seniors' group my husband and I helped organize. It's delicious for sauerkraut lovers and easy to double for a larger crowd. —Reta Christensen, New Denmark, New Brunswick
I come from a huge family, and it seems there is always a potluck occasion. This time of year, graduation parties are the perfect place for me to bring this hearty, crowd-pleasing Italian main dish. It's easy to make and serve.
-Rita Goshaw, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I'm an old-fashioned country cook and love preparing recipes like this one that uses staples I normally keep on hand. Unlike most lasagnas, this one doesn't call for precooking the noodles. It's so simple my children sometimes make it after school and have it ready when I get home from work.
-Angie Price, Bradford, Tennessee
"This is an old family favorite passed down from my mom, who got the recipe from a friend," relates Julie Gillespie of Kirklin, Indiana. "Served with a green vegetable, it's a tasty, satisfying meal that's sure to please a crowd."
To stretch our grocery budget, we eat a lot of soups and pots o' beans. This satisfying Mexican corn bread always livens up the meal. Like many of my recipes, this one came from a church cookbook.
"I adjusted this favorite casserole for microwave use in the interest of speed and to save heating up the oven—we live in the Southwest," explains Joyce Marten of Cottonwood, Arizona. "I've taken it to friends who have been in the midst of remodeling and always get a request for the recipe."