How to Precook Spaghetti for a Large Crowd

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Make your spaghetti in advance if you are preparing for a big event.
Make your spaghetti in advance if you are preparing for a big event. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Spaghetti is an ideal dish to make for large crowds as it's generally inexpensive and it can be made in advance as it saves better than many other dishes. Reheat your spaghetti on the day of your event by mocrowaving your noodles or throw them into already boiling water for no longer than one minute. Reheat your sauce on the stove. With a few simple tips, your guests will be enjoying your gourmet spaghetti and will have no idea that you prepared it days in advance.

Things You'll Need

  • Utensils
  • Pasta
  • Sauce

Evaluate the number of people that you are cooking for. This will determine how much spaghetti that you will need to make. Remember that it's always best to make too much rather than not having enough to go around. Consider makin gyour spaghetti no more than three days in advance as your guests will be able to tell that your dish has been reheated if it sits for too long.

Gather your utensils and pots. Either grab a series of medium sized pots or perhaps one or two large pots. Boil your water with salt. Cook the pasta until it is done. Strain as you would normally and add a bit of olive oil so that the pasta doesn't stick. Allow the noodles to cool and sote them in tupperware containers or in zip lock bags. Add just enough water to wet the noodles and refrigerate them until you need them.

Make your pasta sauce. If you are doing it from scratch, prepare it in advance. If you are using premade, jar pasta sauce, you can wait until right before you serve it to heat it up. If you are making you own use a traditional recipe. Sautee onion and garlic in a pan with butter until they are soft. Add them to a pot that contains tomato sauce, salt and fresh peppers. Throw in stewed tomatoes as they will likely taste better than fresh tomatoes if they are sitting for a few days. Allow your mix to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from heat and allow it to cool before storing it.

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