Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spaghetti Question

That post title is extremely literal.  I really do have a spaghetti question.

Tonight, I am cooking a spaghetti dinner for 7 adults and 5 children.  I am making very simple spaghetti because that is all I can handle for a group that large.  Ground beef in Ragu.  Maybe I'll throw some basil in there if I'm feeling adventurous.

However, I don't know how much spaghetti to make to feed that many people.  Hence, I need your input.

1.  How much spaghetti should I make?  3 boxes???  More?  Less?

2.  How much meat?  3 pounds?

3.  How many jars of Ragu?  3 or 4?

Help a sister out. 

(If you're curious, this is a dinner I'm having for my little brother, who's in town for a short time before he leaves for Iraq.  He's going to be doing a contractor-job over there for a year.  I'm dealing with him leaving by focusing on things like spaghetti and Ragu jars rather than how much I'm going to be worrying over the next 12 months.)



Brandy@YDK said...

oooh spaghetti sounds so good.

i'd go with 4lbs - 4 boxes of spaghettie and 4 jars. I like equal parts.


wonderchris said...

It's now'd it go?

Megan said...

It's not Thursday, is it?? It's still Wednesday. Right!? Am I losing my mind. Chris, you are making me question my sanity.

Salt in Suburbia said...

Definitely Wednesday. I'd go with 3lbs of spaghetti, 3 lbs of meat & 3 jars of sauce (which should be way plenty). Then throw a loaf of garlic bread or two in the oven to cover yourself if people are still hungry and a bag or two of salad. Easiest dinner ever. Blessings to your brother and his work.

Katherine said...

I can't help you. I can never figure out how much spaghetti just to cook for our family. It always feels we don't have enough noodles, or we have WAY too much. I usually just try to fill all discrepancies with garlic bread.

Jeanette said...

I agree with Brandy - go with four just to be sure. You will have to cook it in parts though - that many noodles will way overflow one pot! :) Leftover spaghetti tastes even better than the day it's made.

Dani Hampton said...

One quick way to get your meat sauce to taste super yummy is to cut up about 5 slices of bacon into thin strips and fry it in the pan. Once its done pull it out, keep at least 2 Tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pan and then fry up your ground beef in that. You can also add some red wine to give it more flavor. Add in your ragu and you are good to go!