National Pasta Association Shares Oscar Party Recipes

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Creative Pasta Recipes will Please Your Guests on Oscar Night Thanks to the National Pasta Association

Oscar night is almost here! If you’re hosting a party and need some last minute Oscar winning eats, look no further than the National Pasta Association. Pasta is the perfect appetizer to pair with almost any other appetizer or cocktail and makes for a crowd favorite.

Check out these recipes from Pasta Fits, the consumer platform for the National Pasta Association, and try them out Oscar night!

Mini Meatball Pasta Cups
This mini meatball appetizer version of pasta and meatballs is fun for kids and adults alike. The meatballs are made with ground chicken, but you can experiment with ground turkey or pork.

Ingredients

  • 5 7.5 oz. lasagna noodles
  • 8 oz. extra-lean ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup/0.8 oz. bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley divided
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt pepper and dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup/2 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tbsp/0.7 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and let cool completely; cut into 24 (3-inch) squares. (Reserve scraps for another use, such as adding to soups.)
  2. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Combine chicken, egg, bread crumbs, 1 tbsp. parsley, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and oregano. Shape and roll into 24 mini meatballs.
  3. Lightly grease 24-cup mini muffin pan. Cut small slits into each corner of lasagna noodle square. Fit squares into muffin cups. Place meatballs inside and top evenly with tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining parsley before serving.

Recipe Notes

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

Orzo and Brussels Sprouts Slaw
Everyone will eat their Brussels sprouts in this fresh dish! Our simple Brussels sprouts slaw compliments a multitude of meals and tastes amazing warm or cold. Want to take your dish to the next level? Thinly slicing or shaving the Brussels sprouts adds a great texture to the salad. Using a food processor for this will make preparation quick and easy.

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Photo Credit: National Pasta Association

Ingredients

Pasta:

  • 4 oz. orzo
  • 1/2 lb. Brussels sprouts thinly sliced
  • 1 small shallot thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup/1 oz. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup/1 oz. toasted chopped walnuts

Yogurt-Dijon Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup/2 oz. low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Yogurt-Dijon Dressing: Meanwhile, whisk together yogurt, oil, mustard, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Stir in chives.
  3. In large bowl, toss together pasta, Brussels sprouts, shallot and dressing. Stir in cranberries and walnuts.

Tortellini Antipasto Skewers
Need an easy party dish to feed a crowd? This simple tortellini antipasto skewers appetizer with fresh flavors can be assembled in minutes. It’s ideal for parties or a satisfying any-time snack.

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Photo Credit: National Pasta Association

Ingredients

  • 32 about 4 oz. cheese tortellini
  • 16 cocktail bocconcini
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 16 pitted black olives
  • 4 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • Pinch each salt and pepper
  • 16 small skewers

Instructions

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain well; let cool completely.
  2. Thread 1 tortellini, bocconcini, basil leaf, tomato, olive and another tortellini on each skewer. Repeat to make 16 skewers.
  3. Arrange on serving platter.
  4. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, oil, salt and pepper; drizzle over skewers.

Recipe Notes

Tip:

  • Replace olives with a piece of artichoke or roasted red pepper if desired.

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

Crispy Ravioli with Marinara Dipping Sauce
Baked instead of fried, this breaded ravioli makes a crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack for sharing.

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Photo Credit: National Pasta Association

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. cheese ravioli
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. each garlic powder paprika and dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup marinara sauce warmed

Instructions

  1. Cook ravioli according to package directions. Drain well. Arrange in single layer on tray; let cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Lightly coat large baking sheet with cooking spray. In shallow bowl, stir together bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and oregano.
  3. Dredge ravioli in flour and shake off excess. Dip in beaten egg; coat with bread crumb mixture. Transfer to greased parchment paper­–lined baking sheet, spacing about 1-inch apart in single layer. Lightly coat tops with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Sprinkle with basil. Serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Add 1/4 tsp. chili flakes to bread crumb mixture for a spicy addition. Makes 8 servings.

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

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