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How Much Pasta to Serve for 15 people?

Thanks for the help everyone. I call it bruschetta pasta because I really don't know what else to call it. Please someone tell me if this has a "technical" name! I just make homemade bruschetta ( chopped tomato, garlic, basil, onion and some olive oil) then toss with hot pasta and fresh grated parmesan cheese. I decided I would add some grilled chicken this time to make it a more substantial, well rounded meal for guests. I was brought up in one of those protein, vegetable, starch type of families :D

OHH. And now I see why Adam thought the pasta had bread in it. I always thought that bruschetta just referred to the topping (tomato, onion, etc) when in fact it originally referred to the whole dish (tomato, onion etc. on top of a crostini). My grocery store sells just the topping labeled as bruschetta in their salad bar area so I'm blaming this mix-up all on them.

Sep 10, 2009
Jodi B in Home Cooking

How Much Pasta to Serve for 15 people?

I'm having a party for my boyfriend's birthday this Saturday. I plan to make bruschetta pasta with chicken. I also plan to serve a Caesar salad and of course garlic bread. For an appetizer we are having antipasto. So my question is, how many lbs of linguine should I make? I'm thinking 2-3 lbs but I don't want a TON of leftovers.

I am also making the bruschetta myself and I honestly have no idea how much to make of that either since I'm used to just cooking for 3 people (my boyfriend, my father and me). I've also noticed that when people are drinking wine and talking they tend to consume less food. I know I do. However I will be having a few men coming with big appetites so I would hate to shortchange them.

Your input would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

Sep 10, 2009
Jodi B in Home Cooking

Marinating Flank Steak

I'm marinating flank steak for fajitas ( I wanted skirt steaks but they were out!) and I am using a soy sauce, vinegar, water marinade. I heard that flank steaks can get mushy if marinating for too long in anything vinegar based. Do you think it would be okay to marinate overnight, or I should I do it tomorrow morning? Or even later? Dinner is at 6:00.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 12, 2008
Jodi B in Home Cooking

Can I cook shallots in advance?

Can I saute my shallots today and add them to my cooked green beans tomorrow?
I'm bringing the dish to my aunt's house and won't have any room to saute them when I get there. I plan on roasting the green beans with her other dishes in the oven but I don't want to undercook or burn the shallots and if I saute them in advance, I feel like I will have at least some control over it. Thanks in advance for the help. I'm pretty much a cooking novice.

Nov 21, 2007
Jodi B in Home Cooking