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Pasta for 250 (1st Timer)

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1st Attempt to cook for crowd.

Alfredo (Side dish)
Main ingredients in recipe I want to use:

1/2 C Butter
2 C Cream
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese
12 oz. Fettuccine

Recipe says will serve 3 as an entree. (I am serving as a side dish)

Please help me determine exact amounts of each ingredient for 250 people.
I made one batch and it seems like a LOT more than 3.

Also, because of prep and serving I thought I might use Penne pasta rather than Fettuccine.

Any help appreciated. 1st timer, don't want to flop.
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Plated or buffet or action station?

I ask this because for being so simple pasta is one of the harder dishes to serve buffet style.

The main problem is the tendency to suck up all the moisture and go mushy (like @chefbuba mentioned).

When I plate in the kitchen I use tongs and make a swirly little "hill" ...hit it with parsley and serve (same with action station).

Harder on the buffet....if the sheep are slow to move everything sticks together and looks like glue.

You can prevent a lot of this by switching out the pans before you get to that stage or just bake it off like mac and cheese and let them serve themselves with a spoon.

Have a practice run at home and you will see what I mean.


What do yall farm?

My method of serving pasta and sauce at an event is partially dependent on how long its going to have to sit around.

If its a long transport, I'll make extra sauce, saturate the pasta somewhat to keep it moist and meld the flavors, then

15 minutes before serving I add the rest of the sauce.

Another way I have done it is to keep the pasta and sauce separate--pasta sits in shallow water (1 sterno) then is tonged out

for service, sauce is plopped on top with a 4 oz ladle. This works especially well for a staggered, or extended service time.

(And there is also a significant percentage of guests who prefer their pasta to be served this way.)

And of course, I'm talking about an action-station service with this method. I never ever put pasta and sauce out separately

for a self service buffet. That's a sure way to hear "we neeeeed more sauce!" about 8 minutes in, only to find all the sauce

drained, with 6 lbs of dry pasta next to it with no sauce available. Lack of consideration in the presence of hunger and tasty

vittles is part of the human condition. We must endeavor to fight it off with our very being! (and smart methods maybe)
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