30 ways to feed a crowd
When there are lots of mouths to feed, you need a recipe that will do three things:
- Have ingredients that are cheap and readily available
- Be easy to make
- Taste yum
Fortunately, Kidspot has enough meal ideas that satisfy all of the above. Enough, in fact, for a whole month of catering for a crowd (if you feel the urge). So, whether it’s a planned nosh up or a last-minute panicked affair, grab your biggest pots, your largest platters and ready … steady … COOK!
1. Easy chilli con carne
This Mexican fave just has to be served in a bowl with some plain rice to take the edge off its chilli kick. Great news for hostesses with a queue of hungry diners as it’s easy to make and perfect crowd fodder. There’s only one word for it. YARIBA!
- Find the recipe for this easy Chilli con carne here.
2. Chorizo fried rice
A little flavour goes a loooong way which is why the chorizo in this fried rice dish is such a hit. So quick to make and you don’t need a lot of this spicy sausage to conjure up a big pan of deliciousness.
- Add a twist to your fried rice repertoire with this chorizo version.
3. Tuna and rice casserole
The important thing about cooking for a crowd is knowing that it’s easy to make, it’ll taste good and it won’t bust your budget. Tuna and rice fit the bill in this tasty casserole. Dig in.
- Turn pantry staples into (lots of) something special with this tuna and rice casserole recipe.
4. Satay chicken noodles
This delicious recipe uses ingredients from your pantry and with slurpable 2 minute noodles the kids love it too. Too easy.
- Click here for this yummo satay chicken noodles recipe.
5. Bolognaise rice bake
Turn leftover rice into a genius bake that will happily feed a crowd with this cheesy Italian-inspired recipe. Buon appetito!
- Here’s the recipe for this superstar bolognaise rice bake.
6. Lemon and spinach risotto with fish fillets
So here’s the thing. Risotto is a great one to make while you talk to your guests (chat, add another ladle of stock, stir and repeat) while the fact you pop some fish fillets on top means you can make it s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Love that in a recipe.
- Try this lemon and spinach risotto next time you need to feed a hungry horde.
7. Cheesy three-veg pasta bake
It’s a bake, it’s cheesy and it’s got three veg in it – need I say more?
- Find the recipe for this crowd-pleasing cheesy three-veg pasta bake here.
8. Chicken and cheese pasta bake
I love this one because the more people I have coming, the more pasta and shredded barbecue chicken I can add to make this the bake that beats all others. Do try it.
- Try this incredible-expanding chicken and cheese pasta bake with the recipe here.
9. Butternut pumpkin and goats cheese pasta bake
Great for vegos or if you’ve got a dining table that’s fit to burst on a Meat-free Monday, this yummy pasta dish works just as well as a side.
- Put the pasta on to boil ready for this butternut pumpkin and goats cheese pasta bake recipe.
10. Garlic prawn pasta
A bag of frozen prawns goes a long, long way with this creamy, garlicky pasta sauce. Perfect for when you have unexpected guests with rumbling tums.
- Cook this garlic prawn pasta dish in minutes thanks to this oh-so-simple recipe.
11. Tomato creamy pasta
Oh, come on now. Who doesn’t love a simple tomato sauce on their pasta? This one has the addition of cream to give it a bit more oomph so grab a couple of cans of toms and you’re good to go. Easy. As.
- Whip up this creamy tomato pasta dish for when you want something speedy but special.
12. Chicken lasagne
You can’t go past a lasagne when it comes to cooking up a storm. This one uses lean chicken mince with plenty of vegetables which kids, in particular, will wolf down.
- Up the kids’ veggie quota with the hidden good stuff in this chicken lasagne.
13. Pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad
The sweetness of roast pumpkin with the salty tang of feta is sublime. And the chickpeas? Well, they add just enough of a carby-protein hit to make this a main meal taste triumph.
- Enjoy this pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad recipe by clicking here.
14. Warm chicken, avocado and mango salad
Chicken and avo are a match made in heaven in my book but add mango to the mix and you, my crowd-feeding friend, just took this summery salad to a whole new tropical level.
- Try this crowd-pleasing warm chicken, avocado and mango salad recipe here.
15. Lamb kofta kebabs with mint salad
You can’t just beat a kebab for dinner. These come with the real star of the show; a fresh, minty salad whose flavours burst in your mouth. One word: YUM.
- Make mince go further with these lamb kofta kebabs with mint salad.
16. Tuna and cannellini bean salad
A couple of tins of tuna, a couple of tins of beans and you have yourself a hearty salads that goes down a treat. And the best bit? So simple, so good.
- Grab the can opener and make this easy-on-the-budget tuna and cannellini bean salad.
17. Sausage salad
Oh please! What is there not to love about a snag salad? Cook ‘em up beforehand, add some leftover roast veggies et voilà! Dinner for 10? No problem.
- Wow the crowd with this rib-stickin’ sausage salad recipe.
18. Thai beef salad with noodles
My ears prick up when noodles are mentioned for any recipe that has them as their basis is ideal for doubling (or tripling) when I’m catering en masse. This Thai beef version is a meaty masterpiece.
- Try this Asian-inspired Thai beef salad with noodles.
19. Easy lamb curry
Tender chunks of melt-in-the-mouth lamb, cooked in a rich sauce spiced to your taste. Sigh. The joy of a one-pot meal.
- Find the recipe for this easy lamb curry here.
20. Cauliflower, pumpkin and pea curry
I’ve cooked this veggie curry for confirmed carnivores and let me tell you, they chowed down on it. Bowls were clean and tums were full. Result.
- Cater for everyone with this cauliflower, pumpkin and pea curry recipe.
21. Thai chicken curry
Everyone has their own favourite chicken curry recipe. This is mine. To my mind, the teaspoon of coconut essence makes all the difference.
- Click here for the Thai chicken curry recipe.
22. Chicken and potato curry
This is quite mild for a curry and the perfect introduction to curries for spice-avoiding kids. Nice for when they bring pals home for tea.
- Try this kid-friendly chicken and potato curry recipe.
23. Spicy beef curry
One for all the spice aficionados out there. It’s beefy, it’s spicy. Nothing more to be said.
- Satisfy even the hungriest of curry lovers with this spicy beef curry recipe.
24. Fish curry
This is a great one to make for hungry people when fish is on special at the supermarket. I’d go for firm white fish fillets, such as ling, so they don’t fall apart in the sauce.
- Spice things up with this fish curry recipe.
25. Quick chicken casserole
This cheat’s casserole is quick because the sauce is made from a can of condensed soup. Do so love to turn a sneaky trick in the kitchen.
- Find the recipe for this quick chicken casserole here.
26. Slow cooker beef bourguignon
Great for a big winter dinner party, this is done in the slow cooker which makes it even easier on you. Succulent beef in a smoky red wine sauce? Don’t if we (all) do.
- Click here for the slow cooker beef bourguignon recipe.
27. Slow cooker Italian chicken stew
Dry white wine and a good sprinkle of fresh rosemary give this simple casserole a decidedly Mediterranean flavour. Serve with creamy mash, polenta or pasta to make the most of those delicious juices.
- Try this slow cooker Italian chicken recipe here.
28. Mexican bean bake
Let the vegetarians get a look in with this healthy Mexican bean bake that marries capsicum, sweetcorn and beans with a hint of smoked paprika and cumin. It’s Mexican cooking without the fuss.
- Enjoy this Mexican bean bake with this recipe.
29. Tomato, fish and potato stew
This is the lazy/busy cook’s version of the French classic fish casserole bouillabaisse, but without all the palaver. Adding the spuds make this a complete meal in a bowl. Win!
- Whip up this tomato, fish and potato stew recipe the next time you have a crowd to feed.
30. Lamb and sweet potato stew
Sweet potato goes so well with lamb and this stew makes the most of this fine flavour pairing. Perfect for colder nights.
- See the plates licked clean with this lamb and sweet potato stew recipe.