Looking for a pasta dinner recipe to serve at a dinner party? Our impressive pasta recipes are easy to make but are ideal for Italian themed dinner party, a special lunch or even a date. Try our delicious posh pasta dinner recipes to really impress without too much hassle.
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.
This recipe for cauliflower and fontina cannelloni comes from the chefs at Cantino Corvino, London. It’s a delicious, comforting pasta dish that’s great for a vegetarian dinner party (try our other recipes here).
Check out this super easy pappardelle recipe with duck livers and sweet caramelised onions. Duck livers make a simple, rustic sauce, perfect for a wintery midweek dinner.
Check out this baked lobster fideo from David Gingell of Western’s Laundry, one of London’s hottest new restaurants. This recipe not only looks impressive, it’s packed with flavour too. It may take a little bit of effort but it’s definitely worth it. Try our full Western’s Laundry menu here…
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 that looks really impressive. Looking for linguine recipes? Try one of our favourites here…
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.
A great introduction to pheasant: and makes a special sauce for pasta. This pheasant ragu goes well with tagliatelle for an impressive dinner party dish for friends.
This classic blend of flavours is a favourite for a reason. Making it an open ravioli means that it’s quick and easy too, while it looks really impressive for a dinner party. Use dried pasta if you can’t find fresh, and cook according to packet instructions.
This posh porcini lasagne recipe is easy to make, vegetarian and feeds a crowd, perfect for family dinners or easy entertaining. Try our other vegetarian lasagne recipes here…
This slow-cooked Italian veal in a rich sauce goes perfectly with the thick ribbons of pappardelle.
Impress at your dinner party 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.
Vongole or clams make a classic Italian pasta dinner 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.
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.
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. Make one of our macaroni cheese recipes from our collection here…
This easy ricotta, ham and spinach lasagne is a delicious twist on a family favourite is a great recipe to have on hand midweek.