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Old 02-09-2006, 07:42 PM   #1
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What to serve with pasta entrees?

I'm fixing to throw my very own Pampered Chef party for friends, family and co-workers. My friend and I will be presenting with a pasta dish but we'd like to serve other sides and desserts to compliment with the main course? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-09-2006, 08:18 PM   #2
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It would help to know what kind of pasta sauce Dina.

Off the top of my head I would suggest some kind of veggie thing. Maybe proscuitto wrapped asparagus spears? Some crispy cheese stick appys?

Dessert should maybe be light too. Fruit sorbet? To cleanse the palate and to be sweet.
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Old 02-10-2006, 06:12 AM   #3
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If the pasta dish is an Italian one you could keep the theme going through out the side dishes and dessert. Perhaps sides like baked polenta sqaures with melted cheese on top, lightly sauteed zuchini and mushrooms in garlic and olive oil as side dishes and something like tiramisu, zabaglione or fruit poached in spiced wine for dolce (dessert)

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Old 02-10-2006, 08:46 AM   #4
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my first thought was bread. i know it's carb overload, but it's all about texture to go with the pasta.

how about bruschetta like tapas? you could do the standard raw garlic, chopped tomato, evoo, and basil on toasted slices of italian bread.

but you could expand it from there and get creative with the toppings for the crostini. smoked fish and cream cheese, melted cheeses atop diced blanched veggies, thin sliced duck breast over dressed micro greens, butter dipped shaved filet mignon and shallots, black olive tapenade and buffala mozzarella, etc..
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:02 AM   #5
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my first thought was salad, but man does that sound boring compared to everyone else's great suggestions!
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corn on the cobb, garlic bread,nice garden salad...
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:14 AM   #7
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I always serve the old stand-bys with pasta, Italian bread and Salad.
Might be boring but it makes a nice meal.
For dessert, How about cookies.
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my first thought was salad, but man does that sound boring compared to everyone else's great suggestions!
Not per se GB, salads can be fantastic too. Perhaps some raddichio or endive with olives and sun dried tomatoes or something green and burtsing with flavour that has an Italian-ness to it
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:40 AM   #9
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ok, on salads, but not just a bowl of greens: fill some leaves of endive, which are like scoops, with goat cheese blended with fresh herbs, like a boursin cheese (or just use boursin) and finely chopped nuts, others with ricotta and chopped prosciutto or sopressatta, still others with cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes. arrange on a plate in concentric rings, sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper, and drizzle with a young, flavorful evoo.

man, am i getting hungry.
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Like others have mentioned, I think a salad and garlic bread go great with pasta dishes. Maybe creme brulee for dessert?
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