The best dinner parties are a relaxed time spent with friends, old and new, full of great food and enjoyable conversation. Sometimes, making an elaborate meal is part of the fun for us. But not always. We love dinner parties, and in order to be able to host them on a regular basis, we have often found that choosing a recipe that is as easy to make as it is tasty is key. It makes preparing for the dinners a calm affair, and that carries over into the evening. When we are relaxed as we welcome our guests into our house, our friends immediate sense that and relax into the evening as well.

Don't let your plan for a relaxed dinner stop you from making the evening still feel special by setting a beautiful table. We always add some colorful flowers and bring out our beautiful designer flatware. These touches don't require much effort but do help set the mood.

So here are our favorite 10 recipes for main courses that we have found over the years, meals that are both very tasty AND easy to make. Good luck!!!

1) SEARED SCALLOPS                                           
EPICURIOUS

 

2) PUFF PASTRY CHICKEN POTPIE             
TASTE OF HOME

 

3) STUFFED ZUCCHINI                                   
TASTE.COM.AU

 

4) SLOW COOKER BEEF RAGU                     
PINCH OF YUM

  

5) ONE PAN RATATOUILLE                                   
PURE WOW

 

6) WILD MUSHROOM and PARSNIP RAGOUT       
EPICURIOUS

  

7) BEST LASAGNA                                         
TASTE OF HOME

 

8) CHEATER'S SKILLET PAELLA                           
PURE WOW

 

9) EASY JAMBALAYA RECIPE                             
RECIPE CRITIC

 

10) VEGETABLE TAGINE                                           
PURE WOW