Making a meal for 15 people is likely to cost you three to four times more than a dinner for your family. Making a quick and easy meal is a way to ensure the enjoyment of the experience supersedes the cost. While making a quick easy meal, take advantage of pre-sliced vegetables and seasonings in the fruit and veg section of the supermarket. Pre-made salad options can also be quickly put together.
Quick lasagna: prepare
Not all lasagnas are difficult to make. This recipe is doubled, so use two 22.5 x 32.5 cm (9 x 13 inch) pans. Brown 0.907 kg (2 lb) minced meat and drain. Add two jars of spaghetti sauce and simmer for five minutes. In a separate bowl, mix 1.8 kg (64 oz) of cottage cheese, 440 g (4 cups) shredded mozzarella, 4 eggs, 55 g (1/2 cup) of Parmesan, 4 tsp of dried parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
Quick Lasagna: assemble and serve
Put 150 g (3/4 cup) of the beef in the bottom of each baking dish, and top each with three uncooked lasagna strips. Add 192 g (1 3/4 cup) of the cheese mixture, top with 150 g (3/4 cup) of beef mixture and repeat these layers twice. Top each lasagne with three uncooked lasagna strips, the remaining sauce, 27 g (1/4 cup) Parmesan, 55 g (1/2 cup) mozzarella, and pour 118 ml (1/2 cup) water around the edges of each pan. Cover with aluminium foil and bake at 177 degrees C (350 degrees F) for 45 minutes. Remove the aluminium foil and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve with two loaves of warmed Italian bread from the store, and three packages of premade salad.
Pork chops, asparagus and baked potatoes
Preheat the oven to 176 degrees C (350 degrees F). Scrub 15 medium to large russet potatoes. Poke holes deeply into each potato with a fork, six to 12 times. Coat lightly with olive oil, season with salt and place in a preheated oven directly on the rack with a pan placed on the rack underneath to catch drippings. Cook for 1 1/2 hours. Steam 75 asparagus in the steamer for eight minutes, then place in a large baking dish. This is a large amount, so you may have to cook them in batches. Sear 15 thawed pork chops on both sides in a frying pan on high heat; place on a baking tray in the oven and set to roast for 10 to 15 minutes. During the last few minutes the pork chops are cooking, place the steamed asparagus in the oven with two full sticks of real butter and roast for five minutes.
Homeade pizza, preadsticks and dipping sauces
Buy premade frozen pizza dough for five large pizzas, and breadstick dough for 30 breadsticks. Prepare the dough according to the manufacturer's directions. To top the five pizzas, divide two to three jars of pizza sauce or marinara, five 340 g (12 oz) packages of shredded mozzarella and one package of shredded Parmesan. Add pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, olives, green peppers and feta cheese to taste. Serve with three packages of premade salad, and two jars each of marinara and Alfredo for dipping sauce.
Chicken marinara, french bread and salad
Preheat the oven to broil. Rub 15 thawed chicken breasts with rosemary, salt, pepper and a very fine layer of olive oil. Place the chicken breasts on a grill sheet and place in the oven on the second rack from the top. Broil chicken for five to six minutes, or until the tops are browned. Flip the chicken and cook on broil until the internal temperature of the chicken reads at 71 degrees C (160 degrees F) with a cooking thermometer. Cook 3.6 kg (8 lb) spaghetti, and warm three jars of meatless marinara. Serve with oven-warmed French bread and salad.
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