Take a trip to Italy with this easy Italian pasta dinner menu. Bold flavors pair with simple preparations to create an Italian dinner that’s cozy, comforting, and quick to pull together. This complete menu is just what you need to gather your favorite people around the table.
Easy Italian Dinner Party Menu:
This menu served 4, but can easily be doubled or tripled.
Meal Prep Tips
For a full dinner menu, it’s important to plan your cooking schedule to ensure everything is ready at the same time. Here’s a cooking timeline that will be helpful in getting this all together:
1 day ahead:
- Make chocolate syrup for negroni
- Wash and prep green beans. Store in a zipper-lock bag.
- Chop onions and mince garlic for puttanesca. Store separately in air-tight containers.
About an hour before you're ready to eat:
- Preheat oven to 425 with rack set in lowest position.
- Prep green beans (toss with oil, honey, salt and pepper) and arrange on a baking sheet, cover with foil and set aside.
- Prepare dressing for beans in a large bowl; set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Prepare sauce (sauté onion, add aromatics, stir in tomatoes and wine).
- While sauce is simmering, transfer beans to oven and roast.
- Uncover beans and transfer back to oven to finish cooking
- Add pasta to water and cook according to package directions.
- Drain pasta, transfer to pan with sauce and toss to coat. Keep pasta warm over low heat.
- Toss beans with dressing and herbs; transfer to serving bowl and garnish with cheese and nuts.
- Mix up drinks.
1 small can or tube tomato paste
1 can peeled plum tomatoes in juice (28 ounces)
1 tube anchovy paste
1 jar pitted Kalamata olives
1 jar capers
12 ounces pappardelle, spaghetti or rigatoni
1 small bag Pine nuts or sliced almonds
1½ pounds green beans
1 head garlic
1 bunch Parsley
1 bunch basil
1 orange (optional)
1 small block Grated Parmesan
1 bottle dry red wine (½ cup needed)
Check your pantry for:
Red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper