Throw together this DIY Pasta Bar for a weeknight dinner or fancy get-together. Build your own pasta station and load it up with fun toppings! This is a fun way to serve up a variety of pasta recipes, so each person can dress their own plate of pasta.
With a pasta bar, you can serve a variety of meats, veggies, cheeses, sauces, and pastas all in one meal! I know it seems like a lot, but trust me—this fun pasta dinner is perfect.
This DIY Pasta Bar recipe is...
- Great for serving guests or family
- Easily made gluten-free (use gluten-free pasta)
- A fun party food
How to Make DIY Pasta Bar
- Cook your pastas. Toss each variety in oil and place in their own bowls.
- Place varieties of sauces, cheeses, meats, and veggies in their own bowls.
- Place all the bowls on a table or bar. Let each person serve themselves.
Tips & Tricks for DIY Pasta Bar
Make sure to cook your pasta as directed on the package. When your pasta is cooke al dente, remove from heat, drain, and lightly toss the pasta in olive oil. This will prevent the cooked pasta from sticking together.
For my pasta bar, I used a variety of sauces: pesto, marinara, meat sauce, alfredo, etc. You can use slow cookers or roasters to keep your sauces warm. I find that warm sauces taste better, but you could always just serve your sauces at room temperature, too.
If you are running short on time, you can prep the veggies and meats in advance. You can choose whether you want to serve them warm or cold.
If you want to cook your veggies, wait until the day you are serving the pasta bar. You can prep your veggies ahead of time by cutting them up and gathering any seasonings beforehand.
Variations to DIY Pasta Bar
If you can't have gluten, just cook up some gluten-free noodles for your pasta bar. This is a simple swap! Just cook your gluten-free noodles as directed on the package.
Want a pasta bar but without all the carbs? Consider offering your guests spaghetti squash and zoodles (zucchini noodles) as the pasta in the pasta bar.
Veggie noodles are not only healthier, but also often more flavorful and unique than traditional pasta! They're also gluten-free.
DIY Pasta Bar FAQs
What is a pasta bar?
A pasta bar is like a pasta buffet with lots of toppings to choose from. It's a creative way to ensure each person can enjoy a pasta dish that he or she loves!
Leave all the items spread out in dishes and let each person assemble their own plate of pasta.
What should I serve with a pasta bar?
Breadsticks and salad are always great options to pair with pasta. I love serving both, but you could choose one or the other, whip up some garlic bread, or try something completely different!
DIY Pasta Bar
- variety of pasta types cooked and tossed in olive oil
- variety of pasta sauces such as pesto, cheese, marinara, alfredo, etc.; warmed
- variety of cheeses parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella, etc.
- variety of meats beef with onions, sausage, shredded chicken; cooked
- variety of vegetables spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli; steamed or raw
Adjust the amounts to suit the number of guests and personal preferences.
- Place all prepared ingredients in separate bowls. Set bowls in the middle of the table, on an island or bar, or on a serving tray.
- Provide each family member or guest with a plate and silverware. Then allow them to create and enjoy their own perfect, personalized pasta bowls!