Skip Nav
25 Cookies From Around the World
15 of the Easiest Mexican and Tex-Mex Recipes on the Internet
Martha Stewart
Is Martha Stewart's 1-Pot Pasta Hack Too Good to Be True?

What Would You Serve?

Entertaining at home is one of my favorite activities of all time, but as with all hobbies, it requires lots of thinking ahead and decision-making, from planning a prep schedule to coordinating the menu. In a new series reminiscent of our What Would You Make feature, I'll present a dish and ask you to share what you'd serve alongside it.

Here's the scenario: You've toiled over these individual-sized portions of baked shells and cheese, made with parmesan and sharp white cheddar, for a dinner party that you're hosting. What would you serve to complement the dish? To see what I'd make,


I'd serve the mac and cheese to my guests as part of a Southern-inspired menu. Since this dish is rich and filling, I'd keep the rest of the menu relatively light, serving the shells alongside chili-rubbed pork chops, stewed collard greens, and a seasonally appropriate strawberry-rhubarb crisp. I'd pour a versatile rosé like Banfi Rosa Regale for my guests to enjoy alongside the meal.

What would your menu include?

Join The Conversation
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
that sounds pretty heavy to me; personally i would just have a light salad on the side.
hills hills 8 years
actually mine sounds really dreary compared to the yum comments above, i reckon id much prefer a hefty helping of the southernfried stuff you lot are churning out.
hills hills 8 years
id have a rose wine to go with this but id make buttery greens- ie. runner beans, peas and sugar snaps coated in butter and mint herbs, thats popular side grub in England.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
You know me....bacon wrapped dogs!
kia kia 8 years
Long, steamed broccoli spears tossed with nuts, pepper flakes, and seasoning. For desert grilled fruit topped with chocolate.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ooh, I like these ideas! To me, this screams "classy, updated soul food"...I'd serve it with a spicy oven-fried chicken, a dandelion salad with a warm bacon viniagrette, cheddar cheese and jalapeno cornbread, and a strawberry shortcake for dessert.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
That mac and cheese on the picture up there looked so good that I ended up making mac and cheese (with broccoli and cauliflower) and a grilled chicken for dinner tonight. It was delicious.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
I want the mac and cheese recipe.It looks good.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I have grilling on my mind and would do a new American style meal! I would start with grilled shrimp cocktail. I would serve the mac and cheese with barbecued ribs and a green salad with herbs. For dessert the strawberry shortcake jellies that are in the current issue of MS Living. Now I want to host this dinner party...
crystalemily crystalemily 8 years
I'd pair it with marinated portobellos and steamed broccoli or green beans.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
You could also go with the "school lunch for adults" menu theme and serve baked flatfish in a nice white wine sauce, steamed broccoli or roasted tomatoes, and carrot cake or rice krispie square.
digigirl digigirl 8 years
I tend toward meals-in-one-dish so I probably would have added some chicken to the cheesy shells dish in the first place, then serve it with a lighter veggie side dish - roasted asparagus, maybe. And definitely a light dessert - maybe a panna cotta or fruit crisp.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
just cause I'm thinking of this for the weekend.... a grilled kielbasa, or kielbasa and veggie skewers grilled. that smoky flavor with the grilled fresh veggies to pair with that delicious looking cheesiness? works for me!!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
I love your menu idea! :feedme: I would maybe make a roasted chicken and a simple arugula and tomato salad for the main course and a tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream for dessert .
Adult Halloween Party Menu
Caprese Macaroni and Cheese
Mediterranean Dinner Party Menu
Michelle Obama Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Recipe
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds