“I worked in an Italian restaurant that served pasta with olive oil, garlic and a sprinkling of walnuts. I enjoyed the medley so much that I developed this recipe for an important dinner—and it was a hit,” writes Nancy Beckman from Helena, Montana.
Sharon Adamczyk of Wind Lake, Wisconsin writes, "With quick-cooking rice, this is a speedy side dish...but the almonds make it special enough to serve to company. It goes well with all kinds of meats."
"For me, the most time-consuming part of preparing this side is picking the green beans in the garden," says Jeanne Bennett of North Richland Hills, Texas. "My family loves their fresh taste, and I love that they're fast to fix!"
It's easy to add variety to this dish by stirring in cooked, crumbled bacon. since my husband likes spicy foods, I frequently sprinkle chopped jalapeno peppers over half of the casserole for him.—Carrina Cooper, McAlpin, Florida
Top hot potatoes with this colorful mixture from Edie Despain of Logan, Utah for a satisfying meal. "You'll get rave reviews on this one," Edie promises. "Quick to prepare, it's also delicious. Ranch salad dressing is a tasty change from the usual sour cream," she adds.
Corene Thorsen, from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, adds crab to the creamy and comforting sauce she pours over spuds. "The mild sauce allows the delicate flavor of the crab to shine through," she declares. "This combination tastes great of leftover pasta, too."
"Don't forget fried potatoes-they're a wonderful way to use up leftovers," reminds Judy Scholovich from our test kitchen. "Ready in just seconds, they taste great with breakfast or as a side dish for supper."
On our busy farm, meals need to be ready fast. These herb-seasoned potatoes and vegetables wrapped in foil packets cook in only half an hour. They're excellent with steak or chicken. —Jill Jellett, Leduc, Alberta