Each of Giada's Mediterranean celebrations includes a warm atmosphere for guests and a menu of no-fail favorites. Check out all of her crowd-pleasing recipes, like this speedy pasta.
Pasta is an inexpensive way to feed a crowd and a blank canvas to dress up with great ingredients, so Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a pasta party buffet with leftovers that are hard to beat. Each dish on Giada's menu features a different pasta shape and fresh ingredients. Her buffet spread includes Pasta with Creamy White Beans, Antipasto Salad with Crispy Orzo Cacio e Pepe Gnocco Britto and Baked Pasta Rigatoni.
Giada De Laurentiis hosts a St. Patrick's Day party, offering her spin on traditional Irish dishes. Guests will feast on hearty Lamb and Red Wine Stew, Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Savoy Cabbage, plus a Smoked Salmon "Crudo" with Creamy Cucumbers. For dessert, Giada serves a rich Chocolate Stout Torta made with real Guinness beer.
In Giada De Laurentiis' family, Sundays are set aside for family dinners. For a stress-free, traditional family dinner at home, Giada's menu includes casual but hearty dishes like Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce, Spaghetti with Zucchini and Squash, Baby Lettuces with Spicy Vinaigrette and, for dessert, Double Chocolate Chip Red Wine Bundt Cake.
Giada De Laurentiis invites friends into her kitchen to create their own pasta shapes from scratch and enjoy a pasta party together. In Italy, many families invent their own pasta shapes, but the recipes often aren't written down and are lost over time. Before her friends arrive, Giada makes her family's favorite pastas -- Malloreddus and Pappardelle -- along with good-quality Italian homemade sauces and sides made simply and with inexpensive ingredients. Her guests feast on a menu of Malloreddus with Shrimp and Arugula, Pappardelle with Sausage Ragu and Grilled Endive with Citrus and Pancetta.
After a recent trip to Capri, Italy, Giada De Laurentiis hosts a lunch party for her girlfriends that celebrates the island and one of its most inspiring ingredients -- the lemon! The menu includes Sole with Lemon Caper Sauce, Lemon Grilled Cheese, Lemon and Chive Risotto and Lemon Basil Sorbet.
Giada De Laurentiis hosts her friends for an evening of cozy television-viewing, and she makes a hearty menu of small bites that are easy to eat in front of the TV. Giada provides blankets, pillows and an individual TV tray for each guest! The casual-but-delicious menu includes Tamari Spiced Nuts, Sweet and Crunchy Jicama Slaw, Sausage Hoagies and Chocolate Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies.
Giada De Laurentiis treats Jade to a special day of mother-daughter fun and a delicious dinner. The menu includes comforting dishes for just the two of them including Pork Braciole, Pan-Fried Lemon Potatoes, Grilled Zucchini Skewers and Lemon Cheesecake Brownies.
Giada De Laurentiis hosts an intimate dinner party on a boat in the marina. The sunset dinner cruise is complete with twinkling lights and a romantic and elegant menu. Giada makes Paccheri with Porcini and Pistachio, Pan-Seared Salmon with Artichokes and White Wine, Beet and Burrata Salad and a light and flavorful dessert of Roasted Strawberries with Vin Santo.
Giada De Laurentiis knows there are few things more special than being invited over to someone's home for a dinner party. She's hosting an intimate formal dinner with a multi-course meal that includes Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Peperonata, Ricotta Bruschetta with Sweet and Spicy Tomatoes, Kale and Chickpea Salad and Baked Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream.
Sometimes no occasion is the best occasion! Giada De Laurentiis surprises her daughter, Jade, in the middle of the week with a special menu that includes all her favorite comfort foods. Jade finishes her homework in the kitchen while Giada puts the finishing touches on their meal of Meatball Salad, Creamy Parmesan Baked Shells, Green Bean "Fries" and Chewy Almond and Cherry Thumbprint Cookies.
Giada De Laurentiis gets in the game day spirit and keeps folks entertained before kickoff by hosting a pre-game burger bash. The backyard party features family fun activities and a massive buffet loaded with Mortadella Meatball Sliders, Giada-fied Burgers, Cacciatore Chips and Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake Dip.
Before the big game, Giada De Laurentiis and her family and friends spend the day on the beach playing tag football and having an oceanside picnic. Giada serves an array of decadent picnic foods that not only feed a crowd but are perfect for game day. Her guests enjoy an easy, make-ahead meal of Pizza Paninis, Bittersweet Chopped Salad, Sweet Potato Hummus and, for dessert, Fennel and Orange Fudge.
Giada De Laurentiis organizes a dog park picnic inspired by her dog Bruno for her friends with furry pals. The portable picnic menu features Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies, Farro Salad with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola, Mortadella and Mozzarella Baguette and Calabrian Chili Popcorn.
Giada De Laurentiis hosts an elegant outdoor lunch made with fresh garden ingredients to thank some of her friends and family for the special things they've done for her. The menu includes Crispy Goat Cheese Salad, Moroccan Lemon Chicken, Sungold Tomato Campanelle and a Chocolate and Fig Tart.
Giada De Laurentiis throws a cocktail party that features mini-bite appetizers of favorite comfort foods. Her menu includes BLT Bites, Crispy Salami and Cheese Egg Rolls, Chocolate Hazelnut Madeleines and Bourbon Milk.
Giada De Laurentiis invites friends over on a Friday night to hang out, watch movies and enjoy breakfast for dinner. Her guests arrive in comfy sweats and pajamas to enjoy her menu of Smoked Trout Frittata, Sausage and Parmesan Waffles, Honey Nut Panna Cotta and a Goodnight Mary Bar.