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Pasta is a popular choice for catered parties and banquet-style meals since it appeals to an array of tastes and is easy to keep warm in a chafing dish. But the traditional choices, like spaghetti and macaroni and cheese, can get a bit boring. Here are two delicious pasta recipes that make enough for a large group. These dishes are also easy to transport if you're catering off-site.
Baked Ziti Alfredo with Bacon and Green Onions
This twist on classic Alfredo is baked in the oven and topped with delicious chopped green onions. The bacon adds a layer of smokey flavor. This recipe makes about 30 servings.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for 6 minutes. The pasta will still be pretty firm, but it will soften later as it bakes.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Saute the garlic in the butter for 1 minute, and then add the flour. Stir to create a smooth roux, and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the milk and cream while whisking constantly. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted, and remove the sauce from the heat.
Stir the pasta and cooked bacon into the sauce. Pour the dish into a large baking pan, and top with the mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Top with the green onions before serving.
Three-Veggie Pasta with Quick Marinara
A great vegan option, this pasta may look like a traditional red-sauce dish, but it has a lot more flavor and character thanks to the inclusion of fried zucchini, roasted red peppers, and sauteed onions. The recipe makes enough for 30.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rotini and cook for 9 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
Pour the olive oil into a large skillet, and heat it over medium heat. Add the onions and eggplant and sauté until slightly browned. Remove these ingredients from the pan and set them aside.
Add the garlic to the skillet and sauté gently. Then pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer, and then stir in the roasted red peppers, salt, sugar, and basil. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, stir together the pasta, prepared sauce, and sauteed veggies. Transfer the dish to a large serving dish for serving or transportation, and then serve.
For more ideas for what to serve a large group, check out what caterers such as The Great Wall Restaurant are doing.Share