Culinary Inspiration

You’ve probably attended a cookie swap or a gift swap. But have you ever been to a pasta potluck? Intrigued? Read on! The holiday season can be as hectic as it is fun. The shopping, wrapping presents, celebrations to attend, and so many meals to prepare. If it’s your turn to host a holiday get together this year, try something different. Potlucks are a great way to reduce the burden of hosting duties and allows guests to actively participate in the soirée.

The Perfect Pasta Potluck

Why a pasta potluck? Why not?! Everyone loves pasta, it’s easy for all levels of expertise, and it’s a versatile canvas for so many different flavors. Plus, many cultures around the world have some version of a pasta dish in their cuisine, so there’s plenty of room for your guests to contribute an entrée that reflects their personal taste or specialty. The pasta-bilities are endless. Here are 5 ideas to get you started on the perfect pasta potluck!

Walnut and Mushroom Ragu

When it comes to an all-pasta menu, you’ve got to start with a classic: Ragu sauce. This Walnut and Mushroom Ragu offers a plant-based take on the crowd-pleasing red sauce, and uses seasonal ingredients for a fall flavor. This is a great option to serve for your vegetarian and vegan guests. For an unexpected take on pasta, try it in a lasagna!

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Turkey Meatballs

If you’re a cooking novice or simply short on prep time, this Spinach Pesto Pasta with Turkey Meatballs is for you. The spinach walnut pesto is so easy to make and packs a big flavor punch! The turkey meatballs are a lighter approach to traditional beef, pork, or lamb. This dish can be made in under thirty minutes and will really impress the guests at your pasta potluck. It’s so easy, a kid can make it!

California Walnut Cream Alfredo Sauce

Round out your pasta selection with a richer option, like California Walnut Cream Alfredo Sauce. Using a walnut cream base, this dairy-free take on Alfredo offers all the taste and less guilt of the typical white sauce. It’ll pair well with heartier noodles like linguini or pappardelle. Garnish your dish with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts and some fresh basil.

Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta

This Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta is not your grandmother’s spaghetti! Surprise and delight the group with a zesty take on this timeless recipe. Rather than a standard red sauce, this pasta dish is dressed in a lemon and olive oil, with sautéed asparagus and walnuts adding a satisfying crunch.

Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Tomatoes, and Walnuts

With all those carbs being dished out, add some balance with a zucchini noodle dish. It’s a great way to add more vegetables and nutrition, while still staying on theme! This Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Tomatoes, and Walnuts is simple and satisfying. Some guests may not have tried “zoodles” yet, so you’re also bringing a unique and memorable element to the table!

The Beauty of a Potluck

A potluck dinner option is a great way to reduce stress during the holidays, so you can join in on spending time with friends and family. Make sure to ask your guests to bring serving spoons, and consider reheating options for the dishes that should be served warm. Most of all, enjoy the celebration of food and gathering everyone together under one roof!

For even more pasta-bilities, check out these other pasta recipes featuring California walnuts.

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