Feeding the MASSES: Italians Don’t Understand How NOT to Feed Under 10

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Italians don't know how NOT to feed less than 10 people at once.


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One-Dish-Wonder Oven Baked Pasta (No Boiling the Pasta!)

One-Dish-Wonder Oven Baked Pasta (No Boiling the Pasta!) Feeds 4-5. Do the math, and keep them baking as they walk through the door.


Feeding the Masses Italian Style is as Easy as 1, 2, 3


links to 1: Renata’s Oven Baked Pasta

(One dish, no mess, crowd pleaser.)


2: Renata’s Easy Peasy Organic Meatballs


3: Renata’s Roasted Seasonal Veggies

Raw pasta, raw tomatoes…One





My blogging gets easy when I wake up to rescue texts from friends in an organic panic over feeding the masses during the holidays.

I love coaching people through crowd feeding, because it redeems my years born into restaurant captivity.

There is a reason Italians are good at feeding the masses and entertaining. Look at the country! It’s got the blend of poverty stricken history, plus a modern business model built on tourism. This is a recipe built for entertaining the masses on a budget!

When I see folks slaving on boiled pasta baked in the oven, I feel so bad for them.  I never boil and bake.  I either boil.  Or I bake from raw.

This recipe feeds 4-5 adults, but I advise to double the recipe for any crowd, and pop it into a large lasagna pan.  It’s so easy to make that you could actually keep the ingredients close to hand and throw together a whole new batch as soon as you see it’s popular.

45 minutes from start to finish in your oven, and you can drink wine in between, since you are not nursing a pot on the stove.

You can also serve this dish with Renata’s Easy Peasy Organic Meatballs which can be made for a party by buying that 3-pack of organic meat from Costco.

If you have a double oven, you are in luck, as the large pasta pan can go in top oven, the large meatball pan in the bottom.

If you have one oven, just make the meatballs the night before and reheat in microwave or bottom of oven a few minutes with oven baked pasta.

A large pan of Renata’s Oven Roasted Seasonal Veggies can also be done the night before.  Reheat same as meatballs.

Put everything out in a row:

  1. stack of plates

  2. oven-baked pasta

  3. meatballs

  4. veggies/(or salad)

  5. forks

  6. napkins

Set up a bar somewhere far from the meal to avoid traffic jams. 

Let folks find their own place to eat by setting up clusters of seating areas in 3-5 chair formations (just like plantings!)

Or just squeeze everyone into one, large, family table. 

Now THAT’S Italian!


Italians are fantastic people, really.  They can work you over in an alley while singing an opera.

-Don Rickles

Thank you God for hot headed Italians who raised me, fed me, enslaved me, redeemed me, and loved me forever and ever, amen.



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