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7 last-minute dinner party recipes

Have you heard of the crappy dinner party? No dusting or meal prep stress allowed, but fun with friends is mandatory. In fact, it's the whole point. So crack a bottle of wine and let the kids run wild while you pull together one of these easy, delicious dinners.

By Amy Valm

7 last-minute dinner party recipes

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Last-minute dinner party recipes

Pasta Carbonara

Restaurant-style pasta in 25 minutes or less! Bonus points for extra bacon and grated cheese for sprinkling. Tell your guests to bring the salad. Get the recipe: Pasta Carbonara

pan with spaghetti, creamy egg sauce, bacon and parmesan cheesePhoto: Erik Putz

Tex-Mex Black Beans on Rice

There’s a reason beans on rice is a staple; it’s quick, cheap and tastes so so good. If you really want to make it fun for your crowd, lay out loads of toppings: Grated cheese, avocado, sour cream, salsa, jalapenos and tortilla chips. Get the recipe: Tex-Mex Black Beans on Rice

bowl of rice with beans and avocadoPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Grilled Veggie Pizza

Want a fast and delicious pizza that doesn’t come in a box? Naan bread is the perfect base. Let your guests customize their toppings and then grill it or bake it. Get the recipe: Grilled Veggie Pizza

wooden platter with pizza topped with asparagus, red onion and peppersPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chili Mac

Want to knock their socks off? This masterpiece melts mac and cheese together with classic chili and is sure to have your guests begging for another invite. Get the recipe: Chili Mac

cheesy pasta with beef and beansPhoto: Erik Putz

Crustless Quiche

No crust, no fuss. You probably already have all the ingredients to effortlessly slay the unexpected dinner party game. Get the recipe: Crustless Quiche

A quiche with broccoli in a pan next to forksPhoto: Erik Putz

Hoisin Beef Stir-Fry

Pick up a pack of stir-fry beef strips and use whatever veggies you have on hand to whip up a speedy and delicious stir-fry. You can turn it out in just over half an hour. Get the recipe: Hoisin Beef Stir-Fry

Plate of beef stir-fry with peppers and broccoli over ricePhoto: Erik Putz

Rotisserie Chicken Gyros

Rotisserie chicken makes take-out worthy gyros a cinch. Get the recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Gyros

plate of pitas filled with shredded chicken, tomatoes and cucumbersPhoto: Maya Visnyei

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