Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Throw a Pasta Party!

It's no secret how much I love pasta. Spaghetti, ravioli, gnocchi, rigatoni - you name it, I love it. Yum. It's 7:20 a.m. and I think I could go for a big bowl o' pasta for brekkie. So, when Tablespoon.com wanted me to write a post about a "Pasta Party," I invited over some friends and prepared for a carb fest. My favorite kind of fest!

I made 3 different dishes for this party. For ease, I boiled one type of pasta, and made three different sauces to go with it. I chose penne pasta because it goes with everything; it's kind of like the little black dress of pasta.

Sauces:

1) My Family Gravy Recipe with Meatballs (aka regular marinara for you non-Italians)
2) Vodka Sauce - I love Rachel Ray's recipe
3) Tomato-Caprese Sauce - I created this sauce recipe for the Tablespoon post, it's quite good!

I think this is the easiest way to throw a pasta party, because you can prepare the sauces in advance, plus everyone has options! Make a great salad and serve some bread for a complete meal. Don't forget the red wine, of course! Keep it simple and serve all the food out of the kitchen - let people serve themselves!



Pasta Decorations!

Give your guests a "pasta-cation" by displaying various types of pasta so people can learn a little bit! I set out dried pasta on a construction paper Italian flag. !



Use a red and white checkered tablecloth for that old Italian restaurant feel.

I used breadsticks, tomatoes and garlic as decor. I also used diced tomato cans as vases. Just make sure to thoroughly rinse out your cans, I don't know how good "tomato water" is for flowers! 








Check out my Tablespoon article for more details! Throw your own carb fest this fall! 
Your friends will love you for it.

3 comments:

  1. Such a fun idea!! Love the displays too. :)

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  2. This sounds like my kind of party! Everything looks delicious and I love the idea of serving the sauce out of jars!

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  3. Pasta is definitely my #1 comfort food. We grew up with “pasta night” and homemade sugo. This is a great idea...I just may have to do my own version sometime!

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