Dinner To Welcome Someone Special

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Special Dinner

Honey Tahini Salmon Plate with Chickpeas and Couscous (25 minutes)

Commitment time:

25 minutes

Why we love it:

30 min, crowd-pleasing, baking recipe

A truly perfect dinner requires minimal preparation, little cooking time, and almost no cleanup after eating.

Spicy Bucatini Amatriciana (40 minutes)

Commitment time:

40 minutes

Why we love it:

a crowd-pleaser, suitable for beginners

There’s nothing like a delicious plate of spicy noodles to lull you into a long winter nap.

Buckwheat Gnocchi with Cabbage, Potatoes, and Fontanelle (40 minutes)

Commitment time:

40 minutes

Why we love it:

to please the crowd, worthy of a special occasion

This dish is based on a traditional northern Italian dish made with buckwheat pasta, but since it’s hard to find in the US, we recommend making your own. (It’s easy, I promise.)

Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Rice (45 minutes)

Commitment time:

45 mins

Why we love it:

a pan, suitable for beginners

It’s creamy like the original, but without the need to stir and stand in front of the stove.

Grilled Chicken Florentine Noodles (40 minutes)

Commitment time:

40 minutes

Why we love it:

Suitable for children, suitable for beginners

If you don’t have a baking pan, you can also sauté the chicken until golden and crispy.

Shrimp Stewed Pasta (45 minutes)

Commitment time:

45 mins

Why we love it:

worthy special occasion, protein-packed, crowd-pleasing

Shrimp and pasta soak up a lot of flavors and cook in a flash, and the addition of tomatoes, parsley, and lemon bring this hearty dish to life.

Polenta with Grilled Mushrooms and Bacon (50 minutes)

Commitment time:

50 minutes

Why we love it:

special occasion, suitable for the public, 10 components

It’s greasy, delicious, and most of all, easier to make than you might think.

Fried Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe (30 minutes)

Commitment time:

30 minutes

Why we love it:

a casserole, suitable for a special occasion, suitable for children

It just tastes like you spent all day making it, but the store-bought gnocchi ensures you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy a festive cocktail. 

Salmon

Commitment time:

55 minutes

Why we love it:

High protein, gluten-free, dairy-free

Salad? Occasions or Eve? You bet. This one is filled with fatty salmon and a rich yogurt sauce, so it’s nothing short of bland.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup (40 minutes)

Commitment time:

40 minutes

Why we love it:

for kids, for the crowd, for beginners

It’s nostalgia, comfort, and ease, which is what we wanted for our Eve dinner.

Maple Dijon Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Pumpkin (55 minutes)

Commitment time:

55 minutes

Why we love it:

baking sheet recipe, worthy of a special occasion

It looks like a big dinner, but don’t tell anyone it took you ten minutes to prepare. (The furnace does all the work for you.)

Chicken Thighs

Commitment time:

50 minutes

Why we love it:

High in protein, gluten-free

The trick to getting the most crispy chicken thighs is to start with the pan excellent and start slowly, like bacon. Put this under the name “genius.”

Cheater’s Sicilian Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey (30 minutes)

Commitment time:

30 minutes

Why we love it:

a crowd-pleaser, suitable for children, suitable beginners

Pizza and gifts sound great, especially when the cake is homemade.

Easy Pan Bake Ziti (1 hour)

Commitment time:

1 hour

Why we love it:

a pan, suitable for children, suitable for beginners

“A pan” is our middle name. (Or “pulled cheese”? We forgot. Either way, this dish is calling our names.)

Honey Mustard Chicken with Brussels sprouts (50 minutes)

Commitment time:

50 minutes

Why we love it:

Cake recipes are suitable for beginners, worthy of a special occasion, and perfect for dinner.

Skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs have all the flavor and juiciness of whole chicken but cook in much less time. What about cleaning? Done.

Tortellini with Balsamic Brown Butter with Spinach and Hazelnuts (20 minutes)

Commitment time:

20 minutes

Why we love it:

30 minutes, beginner-friendly, special occasion, 10 ingredients

Store-bought cheese tortellini require almost no decoration and taste like you’ve spent all day making them.

But instead of pairing pasta with marinara sauce, try this brown balsamic butter sauce (which is equally easy) with spinach and hazelnuts.