Pasta Menu

Pasta Dinners

Staples Boys Swimming and Diving Team

If you volunteer to host a pasta dinner, you will feed about 30 people.*

The swimmers arrive at the host’s house between 5:15 and 5:30 pm. They generally stay about 45-60 minutes.


The host provides the house and the pasta and sauce (see below). Volunteers provide everything else, including:

  • Garlic type bread
  • 1-2 bins of salad. The bins should be about 8 x 10 inches each. The salad should be tossed with dressing and it should be delivered to host before start of the dinner.
  • 2 cases of drinks. Donor should provide 24 bottles of Vitamin Water and/or Gatorade and 24 containers of juice, lemonade and chocolate milk. Please, no soda should be served to our athletes.  The drinks should be delivered to the host before the start of the dinner.
  • About 40 sturdy plates, cutlery for 40, 60 napkins, drink cups


The host provides a variety of pasta to feed 25-35 people, most of whom will have just finished swim practice before attending the pasta dinner. You are asked to provide the following:

  • 2 large aluminum pans (12×20 x3) of pasta with red sauce
  • 1 small pan for mac and cheese or plain pasta with olive oil (if wanted)
  • 2-3 tubs, or shakers, of grated cheese on the serving table
  • A large tub of butter for the bread
  • Large garbage bags
  • You also might put balloons on your mailbox, or something else to make your house easily identifiable


  • Cook about 4-6 lbs of dry pasta (Ziti works well)
  • Prepare 10-15 lb. of tomato sauce to add to the pasta with red sauce
  • After making the pasta, add the red sauce and keep warm in the oven in aluminum pans (see above)
  • Cook approx. 120 frozen meatballs in some sauce and serve in a separate pan

The above amounts are approximate.  Some people prefer to order the pasta from a local deli. If you do so, the deli can help you determine what to purchase. But if you cook the dinner yourself, you should consider recruiting other parents to help you in the kitchen. Volunteers will provide bread, salad and drinks (see above), but it is your responsibility to coordinate delivery.


* Because of homework and other commitments, the entire swim team never attends a pasta dinner.