Cooking pasta for a crowd is the most economical and the easiest means to feed a large gathering. Many groups and organizations serve pasta dinners for fundraiser events because of these reasons. Pasta ideas are well received by communities for their delicious flavor and a chance to socialize with their neighbors; and with this, much money can be raised for worthwhile charities.
If you are having another type of event, you might feel that cooking pasta for a crowd is not suitable as the entrée. In this case don’t forget that pasta also acts as a great filler in many recipes. All types of pasta can be added to hot and cold dishes to make delicious meal extenders at a nominal cost. The following are some pasta ideas when cooking pasta for a crowd.
FOR HOT DISHES add with freshly cooked and drained hot pasta.
When cooking pasta for a crowd try some COLD FILLER DISHES. Cook and drain pasta, rinse in cold water and drain again. Toss with a little olive oil and let cool.
All of these combinations are great when cooking pasta for a crowd!
Cooking pasta for a crowd gives you many choices. This moist lasagna recipe makes 24 to 30 large servings. If you are serving a lot of other foods it will serve more people.
Make sauce first. Cook ground beef until slightly cooked stirring to separate into fine particles. Add the tomatoes, sauce, p0aste, finely chopped onion, bell pepper and carrots. Add oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Add water and bring mixture to a boil. Cover and set on low temperature while preparing lasagna noodles and cheese mixture.
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions “al dente”. I add olive oil to water to keep the noodles from sticking together. Drain in colander.
Combine and beat together with mixer cottage cheese, eggs, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and salt.
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F DEGREES
To Assemble: Spray a large roasting pan with cooking oil.
Spoon prepared sauce over bottom of pan.
Make a layer of cooked noodles OVERLAPPING and covering the entire bottom of pan.
Spread a layer of the cheese mixture over the noodles.
Next spread a layer of the sauce over the cheese mixture.
Continue layering like this until all ingredients are used.
NOTE: End with remaining noodles on top (I double layered remaining noodles on top) and then cover with remaining sauce.
Cover pan with foil and place in oven for 40 minutes.
Take out of oven, remove foil and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top.
Return pan to oven (uncovered) for about 20 minutes or until it turn golden brown.
Prepping for Lasagna for a Crowd
First Layer of Sauce for Lasagna for a Crowd
First Layer of Noodle for Lasagna for a Crowd
First Layer of Cheese for Lasagna for a Crowd
Another Layer of Sauce
Topping Lasagna for a Crowd with Shredded Cheese
When cooking pasta for a crowd, this recipe will please everyone. The meatballs and sauce can be prepared ahead and refrigerated; simply heat before serving with spaghetti.
NOTE: This recipe with 4 POUNDS dried spaghetti cooked will serve at least 40 people; add more spaghetti and you can extend the number of servings.
Brown all pork in oil in a large stock pot.
Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT Parmesan cheese.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.
Remove meat and bones from pot to a platter.
Remove meat from bones and chop very fine; return meat to the pot.
Check seasoning to taste; add salt or additional spices to taste.
Add browned meatballs to pot and simmer until meatballs are done.
Remove bay leaves; serve meatballs and sauce over cooked spaghetti.
Combine all the meatball ingredients and blend thoroughly with clean hands; shape into balls.
NOTE: Use ¼ cup to measure meatball size (about 2 ounces). When cooking meatballs and pasta for a crowd 2 of these meatballs is a typical serving. For children you can cut this to 1 meatball per serving and for larger eaters increase the meatballs to 3.
Deep fry balls in hot oil until outside is brown.
Drop balls in hot spaghetti sauce; simmer until done about 30 minutes.
Cooking pasta for a crowd is perfect for any gathering you will be attending. This dish is great for carry ins.
Bring water to a boil and add salt; Drop noodles into boiling water.
Cook noodles until tender; drain, place in large pan and toss noodles with half of melted butter.
Combine soup and milk in a large bowl until blended.
Drain tuna well and break into little pieces in the mushroom mixture.
Combine tuna and mushroom mixture with buttered noodles and mix well.
Divide mixture in half and place in two 12 X 20 X 2 inch pans.
Mix bread crumbs, remaining melted butter and paprika to make topping.
Spread topping evenly on the two casseroles and bake at 350F degrees for about 45 minutes.
Makes about 50 servings.
Reunions, team parties and charity functions are perfect for cooking pasta for a crowd and this dish is always at the top of my list.
Boil chicken until tender, remove chicken from bones, cool and dice; save broth.
Add enough water to broth to cook spaghetti; when tender drain and toss with butter.
Sauté onion, celery, green peppers and mushrooms in 1 cup butter until tender; add flour salt and pepper stirring until flour disappears.
Add cheese spreads and pimentos and stir until cheese melts; add milk and stir until blended.
Add chicken and spaghetti; divide into 2 baking pans; top with shredded cheese.
Cover and bake 1 hour at 350F degrees.
If you have decided to on cooking pasta for a crowd this recipe is popular among kids, teenagers and adults as well!
Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on package.
Brown meat with pepper, celery, onion, and cook until tender.
Add corn, tomato paste, water, salt and pepper.
Combine meat mixture with macaroni and cheese; mix well and bake 20 minutes at 350F degrees.