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Looking for tips on how to cook for a large crowd

vvv03 | Jun 30, 201203:03 PM

We are going to be vacationing in Italy in mid July and we are renting a villa with two other families for a week in Le Marche. There will be 6 adults and 7 kids in total. I am sure we will be going out for some meals, but based on convenience, cost, and the fact that a couple of us like to cook, I anticipate that some main meals will be had at home. I love to cook and I think I'm pretty good at it, but I am intimidated cooking for more than 6 or 8 people. I find I tend to get the portions wrong. I'm Italian American, so I tend to be most comfortable overfeeding, but I'm not sure the math goes the same way with large parties, meaning if I could a pound of pasta for 4 people, do I cook 3.5 pounds for 13? And honestly, how do you even do that? Don't laugh. Seems to me you'd need a damn big pot. So you see where my craziness starts.

Any tips you can give me for cooking for large parties or simple dish suggestions that are easy to do for big parties, I'd really appreciate. Keep in mind I'll be in Italy so I'll have access to great meats, salumi and produce. I probably won't have air conditioning and I will be on vacation so anything too laborious or makes the kitchen super hot would not be preferable.

Thanks in advance!

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