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 Post subject: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:12 am 
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I'm awful at knowing how much food to make for large groups. Maybe it's the Jewish grandmother in me, but I always make way too much because I feel like it'd be worse if anyone went hungry.

So, tonight I'm making escarole and white bean soup and fettuccini for 7. Not a HUGE group, but pretty big for a random weeknight dinner party.

How much pasta do I need? Since I'm making soup, too, and the sauce is really hearty, I'm thinking a pound of pasta should be ok, but I'm not sure. No one who's coming over eats a ton. I do have some friends who I have to count as 2 people because they eat a lot, but they won't be here.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:15 am 
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I think a pound of pasta is supposed to serve four people. I'd make one-and-a-half or two pounds just to be safe.


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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:20 am 
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I normally cook 1/2 lb to feed 3 to 4 as an only course, so I'd say 1 lb would be fine if you're doing soup as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:26 am 
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Thanks guys, maybe I'll split the difference and do a pound plus a handful. I'll probably grab a whole wheat ciabatta, too, so that should take care of any need for seconds.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:33 am 
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I am no help, I always cook WAY too much pasta.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:12 pm 
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When in doubt, just cook more. better to have too much than not enough!

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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:58 am 
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So, how much did you make, and was it enough? I usually end up making enough food that if we were snowed in we could survive for about a month.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:03 am 
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I ended up making 1 pound, plus a small handful of another box and it was too much, but not by a lot! 1 pound probably would have been fine with the soup. I ended up with the perfect amount for lunch for 2 people the next day. Although I do still have a lot of soup leftover, but that was mostly because I wanted to use up a giant head of escarole.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:46 pm 
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OMG. Two of us eat a pound of pasta. Now I am ashamed.


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 Post subject: Re: Cooking for groups
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:22 pm 
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Yeah, what mattomic said. But somehow things stretch more the bigger the crowd. I also always make too much for crowds.


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