When it comes to crowd-pleasing meals, you can't deny the appeal of pasta. It's the perfect vehicle for a one-pot meal that can easily comfort you on weeknights or entertain friends on the weekends. If playing host is your intention give these elegant pasta dinner recipes a try. Your guests will love feasting on gourmet ingredients like truffles, squid ink and 'liquid' Parmesan cheese - we promise they won't leave the table disappointed. Here's what to make:
Tender ribbons of linguine are tossed with green beans, sliced potatoes and a homemade pesto sauce. For a special touch, save some fresh basil leaves when making your pesto to use as garnish. Here is the recipe.
PASTA WITH SQUID INK
Nothing adds excitement to the dinner table like a striking plate of squid ink pasta. This sophisticated dish is served with a simple sauce made with tomatoes, anchovies, squid, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
TAJARIN WITH WHITE TRUFFLES
Truffles add instant pizazz to any meal, especially this simple pasta dinner recipe made with tajarin, a type of egg-based noodles popular in Italy's Piedmont region.
EGGPLANT AND GORGONZOLA LASAGNA
Are you hosting a vegetarian dinner? Whip up this tasty meat-free lasagna made with roasted eggplant, créme fraiche, gorgonzola, garlic and thyme.
TORTELLI WITH LIQUID PARMESAN CHEESE
Here's a whimsical pasta dinner recipe that will surely dazzle your guests. Homemade tortelli are filled with a tantalizing 'liquid' Parmesan cheese sauce and served with Italian ham and balsamic vinegar.