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.


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.


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

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

  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!

  4. ''Capellini'' not ''Cappellini'' (=little hair). ''rotini'' never heard in Italy: those are ''Fusilli''. Italian-Americans are NOT Italians.