Easy Pasta Recipes For Entertaining
Our eight easy pasta recipes for entertaining feature wholesome, quality ingredients, simple instructions and a variety of flavors that are sure to please.
Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! Macaroni, ravioli, fettuccine, linguini, penne, lasagna, rotini, and tortellini to name just a few. With over 200 varieties, there is the perfect pasta for any occasion!
Fresh pasta is commonly made from semolina or durum flour, eggs, salt, and water. Boxed pasta often omits the egg and substitutes oil. If you love the idea of pasta but need to avoid gluten, there are a wide array of gluten-free pasta brands available at most grocery stores.
Our obsession with pasta has been a long love affair dating back to the 1300s. Elaborate decadent dishes made of pasta nestled in cheese, butter, sugar, and spices were reserved for the wealthy.
Over time, simple pasta dishes became commonplace throughout Italy. By the mid-17th century, the rudimentary pasta press increased production and resulted in pasta spreading further into Europe.
As pasta became more prevalent in European cooking, Italian immigrants introduced their pasta dishes to other regions of the world. And people liked pasta! Americans alone consume 2.7 million tons of pasta per year. That’s about 20 lbs of pasta per person.
This is a collection of eight of our best pasta recipes for entertaining. Each one is simple to make and yet sophisticated enough in both ingredients and presentation to make a memorable company meal.
Our most popular recipe from this collection is Lobster Penne with Truffle Oil, but it's really hard for us to choose a favorite.
The Fettuccine with Pancetta, Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp is a perfect example of how simple, quality ingredients stand on their own.
Sausage Stuffed Shells are classic Italian fare that never gets old, and our Tortellini with Garlic-Roasted Mushrooms and Sauteed Greens is a delicious meatless dish that's simply hard to beat.
Fettuccine with Pancetta, Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp
This simple, flavorful pasta dish made with sautéed shrimp, diced pancetta and roasted tomatoes can be served as a weeknight dinner or casual company meal.
Chicken Marsala with Fresh Tomatoes
This dish combines boneless chicken, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes in a flavorful Marsala wine sauce that's perfect for serving over your favorite pasta.
Squid In Marinara Sauce Over Linguine
A simple pasta dish that can be served as part of a multi-course Italian dinner, or as a main dish alongside a salad to complete the meal.
Truffled Fettuccine with Mushrooms
Full of rich, earthy flavors, this easy pasta dish combines fettuccine, fresh mushrooms, truffle oil, truffle salt, and garlic to create an elegant yet satisfying meatless meal.
Lobster Penne with Truffle Oil
This easy pasta dish combines bits of tender lobster, sautéed shallots, white wine and a drizzle of white truffle oil to make a simple but elegant dinner for two.
Sausage Stuffed Shells
This easy recipe for stuffed shells uses ricotta and mozzarella cheese combined with Italian chicken or turkey sausage to keep them surprisingly light, yet satisfying.
Tortellini with Garlic-Roasted Mushrooms and Sauteed Greens
Flavored with a hearty dose of garlic, this quick and easy meatless meal is made with cheese tortellini, oven-roasted mushrooms and a combination of sautéed escarole and spinach.