When my kids were really small, they were reluctant to eat their veggies and I had to get creative. I figured that because pesto is already green, it would be the perfect place for some spinach. The pizza was a big hit. —Janet Burbach, North Platte, Nebraska
Familiar ingredients make this dish comforting for me. The cheddar cheese is the same kind my family has used for years to make grilled cheese sandwiches. And the croutons remind me of Thanksgiving dinners. —Eliane Oneyear, River Forest, Illinois
"I love anything with Cajun spices, so I came up with this slow-cooker jambalaya that’s just as good as that served in restaurants," says Jennifer Fulk from Moreno Valley, California. "If you can’t find Andouille sausage, hot links, smoked sausage or chorizo will also work. I like to serve it with warm cornbread and garnished with sliced green onions."
“This recipe is so simple and fast,” writes Misty Church from St. Petersburg, Florida. “My family loves Italian food, and this delicious creamy sauce is a nice change of pace from tomato-based dishes.”
We love this hefty soup on Sundays during football season. For a little extra zip to rally spirits, we sometimes add red pepper flakes or use jalapeno-flavored tomatoes. It's also delicious with real crab meat. —Mary Adams, Fairport, New York
Tasty toppings jazz up this no-fuss soup that has Mexican flair. The recipe for this sure-to-please soup was given to me by a friend. I make it often for company, and everyone asks for the recipe. You can substitute pinto beans in red chili sauce for the regular pinto beans and cumin called for in the recipe. —Michelle Larson, Greentown, Indiana
"My family requests this potato salad whenever we go on picnics. It’s a well-seasoned salad that gets a slight smoky flavor from the addition of bacon," says Charlotte McDaniel of Williamsville, Illinois.
This creamy pasta dish looks and tastes like it’s meant for festive occasions but only takes 20 minutes to make. As Cassie says, “People love this entree's flavor and think it’s complicated, but jarred sauces make it so fast.” Cassie Conrad - Prescott Valley, AZ
Our daughter's friends all "plowed" through a batch of these sandwiches at her "barnyard birthday party". The tangy barbecue sauce, fluffy biscuits and cheddar cheese make them real kid-pleasers.
—Karen Kenney, Harvard, Illinois
This quick taco dip from Rhonda Biancardi of Blaine, Minnesota is a definite family favorite. In fact, she says, “This recipe has been made more times than I can count! It just looks very colorful to a table, and it never lasts long.
Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this spicy chili easy, but you could also cook your own. We like it with sour cream, green onions, cheese or salsa on top. —Emmajean Anderson, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
I found this recipe in an old cookbook and changed a few ingredients to suit my family's taste. They really enjoy this candy. You'll love how fast, fun and simple it is! Get the kids to help you spread the toppings. —Becky Thesman, Enid, Oklahoma