If you’re hosting a party this holiday season, impress your guests with a festive meal of white bean and herb dip with crostini, spinach and ricotta lasagna and Prosecco poached pears with cranberries.
This meal is totally satisfying, fully celebratory — and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Shop carefully. Look for bargains on fresh herbs, Prosecco and cheese.
If you make everything a day ahead of time (which I advise), you’ll have nothing to do the day of your party except heat up the lasagna and prepare for lots of compliments.
Fresh rosemary, thyme and garlic infuse this quick, easy bean dip. Serve on crostini.
Serves 4 to 6.
The Bean Dip:
Let me be honest: There are several steps involved in making this lasagna, but everything can be done a full 24 hours ahead of time freeing up all your time on the night of the party! So crank the music, get cozy and start cooking in the true holiday spirit.
This green and red lasagna (with a hint of freshly grated nutmeg) is festive and rich and perfect for any holiday meal. And it won’t cost you much to make! Simply bake it in the oven an hour or so before you want to eat and serve with a winter salad of mixed greens, thinly sliced raw fennel and tangerine slices.
Serves 8 to 10.
The Noodles and Tomato Sauce:
The Cheese Combo:
The Ricotta Béchamel Sauce:
Use a well-priced (aka cheap!) Prosecco to make this elegant dessert. The pears are poached in a bottle of Prosecco and simmered with fresh cranberries. The cranberries turn the cooking syrup a gorgeous ruby red. Serve the pears with chocolate, or your favorite holiday cookies. The pears can be made a full day ahead of time.
This article was originally published on WBUR.org.