After much research, tasting and tweaking, I finally came up with this recipe,
based on a dish from an Italian restaurant where I worked. It’s perfect for
feeding a house full of holiday guests the Sunday before or after Christmas. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
“We got this recipe from a restaurant cook who lived in the duplex beside my mother-in-law," recalls Monika Rahn of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. "It was one of his favorites. It’s easy to make, tastes just great and freezes well. Both my mother-in-law and her neighbor are gone now, but this recipe always brings back happy memories!”
Meet the Cook: Always a favorite with my children, grandchildren and friends, these delectable meatballs take little time to prepare because they don't need to be browned before being added to the sauce. I've found that the meatballs taste best if they are mixed just until all the ingredients are blended.
-Ann Rath, Mankato, Minnesota
Yum! That's the only response you'll get from your friends and family when they try this super-supper from Joyce Benninger of Owen Sound, Ontario. She writes, “It tastes just like lasagna but with less preparation time.”
"I prepare this beef mixture on weekends when I have a little more time," relates Debbie Hodge of Kitscoty, Alberta. "Having it in the freezer is a real time-saver during the week and a great way to serve unexpected guests." She uses the versatile sauce to get a head start on casseroles, stews and several swift suppers she shares here.
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
"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."
What do you get when you combine macaroni and cheese with pizza fixings? This hearty family-pleasing casserole! It's easy and tasty, and my grandchildren really like it.—Nancy Porterfield, Gap Mills, West Virginia