Looking for a tasty alternative to meat-and-potatoes meals? Try this colorful pasta dish, which is the brainchild of my oldest son. It's a stick-to-the-ribs supper that takes advantage of fresh mushrooms, zucchini and other vegetables as well as basil and provolone cheese.
"This homemade guacamole is pretty basic, but it always gets compliments," shares Heidi Main of Anchorage, Alaska. A jar of salsa makes it a breeze to stir up and serve with crunchy tortilla chips for a effortless appetizer.
Sliced mushrooms and shredded carrot and zucchini add freshness to the cheesy filling in these flavorful shells from Kara de la Vega. "This pasta bake makes a nice company meal," relates the Suisun City, California cook.
Ranch dressing is the mild coating for this pleasant pasta salad chock-full of crunchy cucumber, onion and green peas. "Wherever I take it, I'm always asked for the recipe," remarks Paula Ishii of Ralston, Nebraska.
"I fixed this colorful side dish on Father's Day one year and it has been requested many times since," says Kimberly Hennes-Skar of Minot, North Dakota. "It goes well with any grilled meat, chicken or seafood. It's easy to prepare but looks like you spent a lot of time on it."
Take a break from pasta and potato salads with this easy-to-assemble medley from Jan Roat. "Peas are one of my favorite vegetables," she writes from Grass Range, Montana. "They complement nearly every meal, particularly when used in this cool summer salad."
Judy White know how to use up the bounty of her Hawesville, Kentucky garden. She sautes chopped veggies in a blend of seasonings, then stuffs them into pita halves. "These sandwiches are an ideal way to take advantage of home-grown harvests," Judy says.
"This fast, fresh-tasting side dish comes very close to a delicious treatment for pasta I enjoyed while in Italy," relates Dorothy Roche from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. "You can also serve it with a green salad and toasted garlic bread for a light meal."