I want to make a pasta dish w/ shrimp for an outdoor dinner party. I have already made Mario's "basic tomato sauce" and put it in the freezer. I invision fat Bucatini pasta tossed in a fairly light amount of the basic tomato sauce with some goat cheese stirred in for creaminess. Then tossed w/ halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, arranged on the serving platter, and then the sauteed or grilled jumbo shrimp arranged on top.
How does that sound? I know the ingredients I want, but I'm not sure exactly how to put it all together. Also, I'm not sure what I can do in advance. My plan is to sit down, consume bread, caprese salad, melon and proscuitto first. Then I pop up, and return with the main course as soon as possible. Is it possible to cook the pasta in advance? How long? How to hold?
Practical advice appreciated. Critiques of the whole idea accepted as well. Thanks!