We take classic panzanella ingredients like ripe tomatoes, peppers and olives and toss them with hot noodles for a hearty pasta dish. My kids especially like the crunchy croutons. —Ashley Pierce, Brantford, Ontario
I’ve been cooking 50 years and this dish is still one that guests ask for frequently. My No. 1 standby recipe also makes amazing hero sandwiches, and the sauce works for any pasta. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
With the delectable combination of basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, this warm pasta medley makes a wonderful meatless side or main course. From Avon Lake, Ohio, Sandy Jenkins writes, “Everyone in our family loves this recipe, and it’s such a great way to use fresh tomatoes from your garden.”
This plate-filling sausage dish appeals to most every appetite, from basic meat-and-potatoes fans to gourmets. My daughter, a Montana wheat rancher's wife, says she serves it often to satisfy her hardworking family.
"For a delicious meal in minutes, try this colorful combination," suggests Audrey Thibodeau of Mesa, Arizona. "I put water on to boil while I do some of the prep work, then cook the pasta while I stir-fry the shrimp and veggies. This entree is terrific with garlic bread."
In Salem, Virginia, Wendy Byrd relies on bottled salad dressing to perk up pasta and fresh vegetables in this swift salad that costs 43¢ a serving. "It's a delicious addition to any meal or picnic," she relates.
For an entree with Italian flair, try these tender chicken breasts simmered in a nicely seasoned tomato sauce. The sauce has chunks of green pepper and mushrooms, and gets a little zip from balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes.
My mom's Italian friend taught her the secret to this saucy spaghetti dish. Our whole family is grateful! Mom gave me this recipe as a wedding present. It's the best-tasting spaghetti ever...and the meatballs are so tender.