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!
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.