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    Spaghetti for a potluck in a 6 qt. crock pot.

    timoo7
    Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:04 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    This is probably a silly question. I'm 68 and just learning to cook and having a great time. I want to take spaghetti to our February or March potluck. I want to make the noodles in a sauce pan and use Prego sauce which I really like and brown some hamburger for the sauce. Then heat it on low for say 3 hours and have someone carry the crackpot to the potluck for me. But I don't have any idea how much spaghetti, sauce, or hamburger I will need for my brand new 6 qt crackpot. Any ideas? Or any ideas how to figure it out with out wasting too much food.

    This all started a couple of months ago when a good friend of mine said, at a residents counsel meeting, "unless you too old or handicap please bring a dish to pass instead of paying the $4." Well I took this as a challenge. I may be old, handicapped, and broken but I can still pull my weight.

    So far I've bought pot and pans etc.and learned to cook all sorts of things, like scrambled eggs, I've been trying fried eggs but they always break, breakfast casseroles, bean soup, chilli. mashed potatoes, and potato pancakes (which worked the first time).

    Thank you,
    Tim
    Dee514
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:53 am
    Forum Host
    Hi Tim,
    Glad you are enjoying your journey into the world of cooking! icon_smile.gif

    There are a lot of crock pot spaghetti recipes in our database (click on the link)
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/crock-pot-spaghetti.
    What I can tell you about crock pots is that you want to keep the ingredient level between 1/2 and 2/3 full. You don't want to fill the crock pot more than that or the ingredients won't cook properly.

    You can change the number of servings for any recipe (which will increase or decrease the ingredient amounts accordingly) to fit your crock pot.

    Hope this helps. icon_smile.gif
    ala-kat
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:14 am
    Food.com Groupie
    How many people are you expecting to serve? That is the main question, From there it can figured out how much hamburger, sauce and pasta you will need.

    It took me a lot of years to enjoy the joys of cooking, and glad you have found them too icon_biggrin.gif
    timoo7
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:38 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I want to have a lot in case they like it. I have a 6 qt. crock pot and don't know what I'm doing. I will freeze or eat what ever doesn't "sell" (is left over). If you have any ideas please let me know specific amounts. of ingredients.

    Thank you,
    Tim
    ala-kat
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:50 am
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    Looking at other crock pot recipes, between 1 1/2 - 2 pounds of hamburger (or a mix of hamburger and ground pork, or even venison if it is available to you) for a large amount. It does need to be browned and drained before adding to the crock pot. Toss in an onion and some garlic when browning the meat. As to the amount of pasta...LOL, I can never get that one right icon_biggrin.gif

    Much luck with your dish. l think you will be a-okay icon_biggrin.gif
    DrGaellon
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:47 am
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    ala-kat wrote:
    \As to the amount of pasta...LOL, I can never get that one right icon_biggrin.gif

    2 ounces of dried pasta per person for a main dish. If this is a potluck with lots of other dishes available, figure on 1 ounce per person. At a rough guess, 2 lb hamburger, 2 jars of Prego and 1 lb pasta should be enough to feed 15-18 people at a potluck, and will probably fill a 6qt crockpot about halfway.

    (All that being said, I personally find pasta-in-the-crockpot nasty. It's always overcooked and mushy.)
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:49 am
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    Tim,
    Are you planning to combine the meat sauce with the spaghetti and keep warm in a crockpot for 2-3 hours? Or keep the sauce & pasta separate?

    Combining them & keeping them warm may not be the best way, as the pasta will continue to absorb the sauce.

    It would be better to keep them separate & warm until serving time.
    If this is not possible, you should probably choose another dish.

    There are other pasta dishes that are crockpot friendly and tried and true with predictable results.

    This is pretty darn close to what you have in mind:
    Pizza Casserole (Slow Cooker) You can omit the pepperoni if you wish

    Or, another idea, crockpot lasagna. Here are several recipes to choose from.
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/crockpot-lasagna-
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:51 am
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    Another thought. I would plan on making one crockpot full and not worry about everyone getting their fill. It sounds like there will be plenty to choose from.
    It is really difficult to know how much people will eat.
    timoo7
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:28 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Hi Chicagoland Chef du Jour, thank you the crock pot pizza is perfect!!! And easy enough I'm sure I can do it. icon_biggrin.gif

    Tim
    timoo7
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:41 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Hi DrGaellon, thank you for all your help. icon_biggrin.gif

    Tim
    timoo7
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:46 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Hi ala-kat, thanks so much for your help. icon_razz.gif

    Tim
    timoo7
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:54 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Hi Dee514, thank so much for your help. icon_razz.gif

    Tim
    ala-kat
    Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:02 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    You're welcome Tim icon_biggrin.gif Please let us know how it turns out. Also, do not hesitate to come here for help. I find it very valuable...the people are friendly and know their stuff. Always willing to help. You can google all day long, but nothing replaces real people helping with their experiences.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:30 pm
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    timoo7 wrote:
    Hi Chicagoland Chef du Jour, thank you the crock pot pizza is perfect!!! And easy enough I'm sure I can do it. icon_biggrin.gif

    Tim


    Hi Tim,

    I am pleased I could help.

    This is a wonderful community that loves to help. I think you got a sense of that already!

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