VIDEO: Entertaining tips from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis
Long weekends present a perfect opportunity to celebrate good wine, good food and the good company of family and friends. What better way to create a beautiful evening than to host a fun gathering with easy-to-share fare, delicious wine pairings and a great movie?
When it comes to movie night entertaining, Emmy award-winning chef and cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis recommends serving sharable nibbles and setting the scene with inspired wine pairings.
Planning a get-together soon? Try one of these entertaining-ready recipes, complete with Bella Sera(r) wine pairings, for further inspiration. For more movie night recipe ideas from Giada, and wine pairing tips, visit www.bellaserawine.com.
Spaghetti with Pinot Grigio and Seafood
"Bella Sera Pinot Grigio is light-bodied, refreshing and has a hint of citrus - it's the perfect complement to lighter recipes."
- Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1 pound spaghetti
1/4 cup olive oil
3 shallots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 1/2 cups Bella Sera Pinot Grigio
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 pounds littleneck clams, scrummed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups arugula, tough stems removed
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, until tender but not brown. Add sun-dried tomatoes and cook for another minute. Add wine, shrimp and clams, and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pan, and simmer until shrimp are pink and clams have opened, about 7 minutes. Discard any clams that have not opened.
Add spaghetti to skillet with seafood mixture. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine, then gently fold in arugula. Mound pasta on a serving platter and serve immediately.
Reprinted from "Everyday Pasta" by Giada De Laurentiis. Copyright (c) 2007. Published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, Inc.