Who doesn’t love an amazing pasta dinner? When you’re entertaining guests, the perfect dinner recipes are those that will impress your guests with their wonderful flavors and elegant presentation but don’t require you to stay cooped up in the kitchen for hours. Let these quick, delicious, and gorgeous 30-minute pasta recipes help you enjoy your own dinner party, while still wowing your guests with your fabulous cooking skills.
Cheese-filled tortellini and a chopped pecan topping add extra flavor to this kid-friendly Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake, while broccoli and red bell pepper contribute pops of color throughout this one-dish meal. Add even more fun colors by using colored tortellini. The unlikely pairing of ingredients like white wine and pecans will impress guests, while the delicious buttery crackers and grated Parmesan cheese will please even the pickiest eaters.
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
This recipe has you preparing the whole chicken at home in a Dutch oven for versatility – its thick walls and tight-fitting lid can easily go between a hot stovetop to a broiling oven. After simmering the chicken in the Dutch oven, you’ll have tender meat and a healthy homemade chicken broth. Cooking the spaghetti in the chicken broth for an even stronger, more savory flavor.
Baked Ziti With Sausage
Pancetta, or cured pork belly, is the same thing as bacon without the smoke. Find it in the deli case of most supermarkets. Native to Italy, San Marzano tomatoes are known for their sweet flavor. Consider trying them in place of regular crushed tomatoes in the sauce.
Mac And Cheese with Ham
This delicious mac and cheese is light on butter and cheese yet still melts in your mouth. Change the flavor profile of the recipe with combinations such as sweet peas and Proscuitto or ham and broccoli. The creamy mixture of meat, pasta, and cheese – including Gouda and sharp Cheddar cheese – is topped off with crushed cornflakes and melted butter, making a second serving inescapable.
Win over all of the kids and grown-ups in your house with this new instant classic that feeds more than two everything pizzas. Fresh and packaged mozzarella give it the best melty consistency. Made with rigatoni pasta, bell pepper, Portobello mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni slices, and a tasty Italian combination of pizza cheeses, you won’t miss that handled slice for a second.
Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
This vegetable lasagna showcases a plethora of fresh veggies from zucchini, to mushrooms, to red and yellow bell peppers. Head to your next potluck with this updated twist on a classic main and all the guests will want to learn how to make a vegetarian lasagna.
Those easy pasta dishes will make dinner stress-free and are delish enough that you’ll be happy to have leftovers. Remember, cooking pasta with the just-right texture—meaning chewy and firm without a hint of mushiness, also known as al dente—takes technique.