Spaghetti alle vongole

Best ever posh pasta recipes

We have some delicious impressive and sophisticated pasta recipes to really impress without too much hassle. Try one of our pastas for a dinner party or a special lunch

Vincisgrassi (pasta baked with parma ham)

Vincisgrassi, a type of baked pasta, comes from the region of Le Marche in Italy. It’s attributed to both General Windischgrätz (who fought Napoleon at Ancona), and to princisgrassi (meaning fat for the prince). In either case it’s very rich – some versions being even richer with the addition of sweetbreads and a pasta dough made with vin santo or marsala.

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Vincisgrassi (pasta baked with parma ham)

Angel hair pasta with lobster

Lobster tails are a good value way to buy lobster, though if you have access to whole lobster add the claw meat to the recipe as well.

Angel hair pasta with lobster

Pheasant ragu for pasta

A great introduction to pheasant: and makes a special sauce for pasta. Goes well with tagliatelle for an impressive dinner party dish for friends.

Pheasant ragu for pasta

Linguine with samphire and prawns

The best recipe for samphire. This easy dish is made with linguine and pairs the sea vegetable samphire with king prawns in a super-quick pasta sauce.

Linguine with samphire and prawns

Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

This classic blend of flavours is a favourite for a reason. Making it an open ravioli means that it’s quick and easy too. Use dried pasta if you can’t find fresh, and cook according to packet instructions.

Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

Pappardelle with braised veal and porcini

This slow-cooked Italian veal in a rich sauce goes perfectly with the thick ribbons of pappardelle.

Pappardelle with braised veal and porcini

Spaghetti alle vongole

Vongole or clams make a classic Italian supper tossed with linguine and herbs. The clams are cooked in dry white wine, which combined with the natural clam juice make a lovely rich sauce for the pasta. Serve as a smart main for 2 or a starter for 4.

Spaghetti alle vongole

Cannelloni with squash, tomato and rosemary

Cannelloni makes a brilliant alternative to lasagne. This vegetarian version is packed with roasted butternut squash, rosemary and a garlicky tomato sauce then baked with melting mozzarella. A great family lunch for a crowd.

Cannelloni with squash, tomato and rosemary

Creamy crab and pea pasta

Ready in just 15 minutes! This easy, peasy crab spaghetti recipe makes a satisfying midweek meal

Creamy crab and pea pasta

Saffron mussels with orzo & tomatoes

This recipe for saffron mussels with orzo & tomatoes is really easy – it’s a one-pot – and takes under and hour but it looks fantastic and is packed full of delicious flavours. It’s a great new way to make the most of mussels and tomatoes.

Saffron mussels with orzo & tomatoes

Beef shin macaroni

This epic slow-cooked beef dish comes from legendary London steak house, Hawksmoor. Beef shin is cooked in red wine and stock until meltingly tender then macaroni and cheese is added and baked to golden, bubbly perfection.

Beef shin macaroni

 Easy ricotta, ham and spinach lasagne

This easy ricotta, ham and spinach lasagne is a delicious twist on a family favourite is a great recipe to have on hand midweek.

Easy ricotta, ham and spinach lasagne

 Seafood fideuà

Fideuà is a Spanish dish similar to paella that uses short strands of pasta instead of rice. If you can’t find fideuà, break angel hair pasta into short pieces.

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Seafood fideuà

Posh porcini lasagne

This posh porcini lasagne recipe is easy to make, vegetarian and feeds a crowd, perfect for family dinners or easy entertaining

Posh porcini lasagne