Can you give portion advice for cooking the dry penne pasta for 200? We want to mix the pasta with a meat spaghetti sauce. Is there a general rule for pounds of pasta per 100 servings?

  • I thought this must be a duplicate, but can't find an older question. Anybody seen one?
    – rumtscho
    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:35
  • @rumtscho Portion sizes were discussed in answers to this question, cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/43353/… but I can't find an exact duplicate.
    – Cindy
    Jun 20, 2015 at 16:59

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No such thing as a standard serving of anything really

It's always just serving size * number of people + some for wastage

Cook 100 g of your pasta, and work out what percent makes a serving; use an accurate set of scales you can divide the cooked serving weight by total cooked weight. This ratio can then be applied to 100 g dry, to work out the dry per person

Then multiply that by number of people, and add few percent for cooking and serving wastage

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    Also don't forget to consider the occasion. Is the food meant to be an entire meal for hungry people or are they having a light snack at a working banquet where they may expect to eat additional food or something? +1 for "cook some, figure out how much a serving should be, and weigh it."
    – Preston
    Jun 20, 2015 at 23:33

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