Prepare a Perfect Potluck Gathering

Headed to a potluck dinner or hosting one at home? These simple crowd-pleasers will satisfy any group.

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Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

What to Bring to a Potluck Dinner

For potluck menu items, stick to filling dishes that can be portioned out to feed a crowd, like salads, baked pastas and casseroles.

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

Toss tender tortellini with spinach, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers for a satisfying pasta salad. For an extra dose of protein, try tortellini stuffed with chicken. For a vegetarian dish, go for the mushroom- or spinach-stuffed variety.

Get the Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

Baked Rigatoni with Bechamel Sauce

The key to pulling off Giada's decadent baked pasta dish is all in the bechamel sauce — a creamy mixture of butter, flour and whole milk that makes the perfect rich coating for the rigatoni and prosciutto.

Get the Recipe: Baked Rigatoni with Bechamel Sauce

Grown-Up Mac and Cheese

Ina treats macaroni and crisp bacon to a three-cheese mixture of Gruyere, cheddar and blue cheese. Individual servings mean you can make a lot or a little depending on your crowd.

Get the Recipe: Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Baked Zucchini

Sunny tops tender zucchini slices with a mixture of panko, Parmesan and thyme to create a buttery, crunchy crust for this hearty vegetarian dish.

Get the Recipe: Baked Zucchini

Supreme Pizza Lasagna

Ree's decadent lasagna offers the best of pizza flavors, like spicy pepperoni, creamy ricotta and fragrant Italian sausage. The lasagna can be made up to two days ahead of time and stored in the fridge, unbaked — perfect when fitting a potluck dinner into a busy schedule.

Get the Recipe: Supreme Pizza Lasagna