Easy Pasta Buffet for 20
I used this menu for a dinner for family and friends the night before my parents' 50th wedding celebration. I had been getting ready for the party all afternoon and needed something elegant, fun and EASY for dinner. This plan fit the bill perfectly and everyone was raving on how good it was. Dump Cake is my daughter's favorite dessert to make, because it is so fool proof!!
Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip
Make Your Own Pasta Buffet
Order of Preparation
Appetizer - Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip
Veggies such as broccoli, carrots, green peppers, cauliflower, grape tomatoes
Ranch dressing or dip
Place a bowl of ranch dressing or dip in center of platter. Arrange veggies around bowl on platter.
Entree - Make Your Own Pasta
Marinara sauce: 2 pkg linguine and 2 pkg bowtie pasta
2 cans spaghetti sauce Toppings:
Italian herbs such as oregano and basil 1 lb chicken, cooked and diced
1 lb. ground beef 10 slices bacon, fried
1/2 can sliced mushrooms 4 - 7 oz cans sliced black olives
minced garlic, to taste 1 pkg green onions, sliced
2 cans diced tomatoes 1 1/2 cans sliced mushrooms
Alfredo sauce: 4 cups shredded parmesan cheese
2 jars alfredo sauce 2 cans artichoke hearts, chopped
2 cups half and half
2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
Marinara sauce: Brown ground beef in skillet. In large saucepan, pour spaghetti sauce, chopped herbs (3 Tbsp basil, 2-3 Tbsp oregano), ground beef, mushrooms, 1 tsp minced garlic and 2 cans diced tomatoes. Heat thoroughly and allow to simmer while making alfredo sauce.
Alfredo sauce: In saucepan, pour purchased alfredo sauce, add 2 cups half and half and 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese. Heat until cheese is melted.
Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, prepare toppings for pasta.
Set up a buffet line with pasta, sauces, and toppings. Allow guests to choose their pasta, sauces and toppings. FUN!
2 heads romaine lettuce 8 large roma tomatoes, cut into pieces
Chop lettuce and tomatoes. Toss together and serve with dressing.
4 loaves French bread garlic salt
Slice bread almost all the way through in 1" slices. Spread butter and sprinkle garlic salt in between the slices. Wrap in foil and heat in a 300 degree oven until butter is melted and bread is hot.
Dessert - Dump Cake
2 - 20 oz cans crushed pineapple 2 cups chopped pecans
2 - 20 oz cans pie filling - any flavor 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
2 pkg yellow cake mix - 2 layer size
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9x13 baking panx. Spread pineapple evenly in pan. Spoon pie filling evenly over pineapple. Sprinkle dry cake mix over mixture then chopped nuts over all. Slice chilled butter in thin slices, put strips evenly over other ingredients. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Makes 2 cakes.
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