Continuing on with our "Cooking for a Crowd" Series...Just in time for Easter!
We eat a lot of salad. The nice thing about salad is that it can be so versatile.
One of the most popular requests for lunch when I cater is Pasta Insalata.
It's comprised of simple ingredients.
Organic Baby Spinach.
Wholegrain Penne Pasta.
I cooked 3 pounds of pasta. I bought it at BJs and it ended up being around $1 per pound.
Grape Tomatoes. Salt and Pepper.
Mix in some pesto. Recipe here and here.
Chop up some fresh basil.
I have an organic basil plant in my kitchen. I paid $3 for it and use it all the time. It lasts me about 4-6 weeks.
Add some fresh mozzarella. I've used deli mozzarella before.
Pasta Insalata for 16
Organic Romaine with crunchy veggies and dressing.
I used almost 3/4 of the container. That's about $3.50 worth of organic baby romaine. For 16 people. It's not expensive.
You can eat from this container yourself for pennies a day.
Add raw vegetables. I used 8 julllienned baby carrots, 1/3 of an English cucumber, and half a pint of grape tomatoes. That's about $2 of vegetables.
Salads are probably the least expensive part of feeding a crowd. They are also the healthiest!
What are your favorite things to cook for a crowd?
The Lunch Lady