Pasta Menu

Menu for Pasta Dinners


If you volunteer to host a pasta dinner, you will feed about 25 people.*

The athletes arrive at the host’s house between 4:45 and 5:00pm. They generally stay no more than 60-75 minutes.


The host provides the house, paper products, pasta, meat & sauce (see below). Volunteers provide everything else, including:

  • BREAD: 3-4 loaves of bread or  2 ½ dozen rolls – the girls like garlic, plain and variety of rolls including “snowball.” The bread should be delivered before start of the dinner (donor should call host to arrange time).
  • SALAD/FRUIT:  1-2 trays about 8 x 10 inches each. The salad should be tossed with dressing and it should be delivered to host before start of the dinner. Or mixed fruit may be substituted for second tray.
  • DRINKS: About 30 bottles of Vitamin Water and/or Gatorade, juice, lemonade or chocolate milk.  Please, no soda should be served to our athletes. (Water bottles are OK, but the host probably has perfectly good tap water.) The drinks should be delivered to the host before the start of the dinner.
  • DESSERT: 48 pieces so everyone gets 2


The host provides a variety of pasta to feed about 25 people, most of whom will have just finished swim practice before attending the pasta dinner. You are asked to provide the following:

  • 2 large aluminum pans (12×20 x3) of pasta with red sauce and meat
  • 1 small pan for mac and cheese or plain pasta with olive oil (if wanted)
  • grated cheese on the serving table
  • butter for the bread if not already seasoned
  • About 36 sturdy plates, 36 forks, 50 napkins, drink cups, and some large garbage bags
  • You also might put balloons on your mailbox, or something else to make your house easily identifiable


  • Cook about 5 lbs of dry pasta (Ziti works well) – save some for just plain or w/ cheese
  • Prepare 4 quarts of tomato sauce to add to the pasta
  • Cook about 75 meatballs in some sauce and serve in a separate pan( frozen is fine for a time saver)

The above amounts are approximate. Some days the girls eat less and some days they want more. Many people prefer to order the pasta from a local deli. If you do so, the deli can help you determine what to purchase. But if you cook the dinner yourself, you should consider recruiting other parents to help you in the kitchen. Volunteers will provide bread, salad and drinks and dessert (see above), but it is your responsibility to coordinate delivery.


* Because of homework and other commitments, the entire team never attends a pasta dinner.