When cooking for a crowd, you can do no better than lasagna. Not only is it an easy and supremely comforting option, but it also can be made in advance. Although the classic version is loaded with meat, meat-free variations often prove more versatile as the vegetarians at your table need not abstain.
Take it from Ina Garten — a cook whose name is practically synonymous with easy yet elegant entertaining — lasagna won't fail you. Here, I jazzed up her decadent portobello mushroom lasagna recipe with a variety of mushrooms and a generous helping of leeks for contrast in both texture and flavor. The resulting lasagna is rich, creamy, and just "meaty" enough that it'll have guests both carnivorous and otherwise clamoring for seconds.