Pasta Menu

Pasta Dinners

Staples Boys Water Polo Team

If you volunteer to host a pasta dinner, you will feed about 30 hungry boys:

The athletes arrive at the host’s house approximately 7:45 (right after practice) They generally stay no more than 60-75 minutes.


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

  • 5 long loaves of garlic bread- ready to bake foil packages, delivered before start of the dinner (donor should call host to arrange time).
  • 1 large aluminum bin of salad with bottle of dressing, delivered to host before start of the dinner.
  • 1 fruit salad bowl or tray delivered to host before start of the dinner.
  • dessert – brownies, cookies, cupcakes or sheet cake for 40-50 (2 or more donors)
  • 1-2 cases of drinks. 2 or more donors should provide 24 bottles or 1 gallon of Vitamin Water and/or Gatorade, juice or lemonade, delivered cold to the host before the start of the dinner. Please, no soda or water (Host can provide tap water.)
  • 5 half gallons chocolate milk, delivered to the host before the start of the dinner.


The host provides a variety of pasta to feed about 30 people, most of whom will have just finished water polo practice before attending the pasta dinner. You are asked to provide the following:

  • 2 large aluminum pan (12×20 x3) of pasta with red sauce, 1 meduim pan of meatballs
  • 1 small pan mac and cheese
  • 2-3 tubs grated cheese on the serving table
  • ¬†butter for the bread
  • About 40 sturdy plates, 40 forks, 55 napkins, drink cups, and some large garbage bags
  • You also might put balloons on your mailbox, or something else to make your house easily identifiable


  • Cook about¬† 6 -8 lbs of dry pasta (Ziti works well)
  • Prepare 5 quarts 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. 5-7 lb (~120) frozen meatballs in some sauce and serve in a separate pan

The above amounts are approximate. Some days the boys eat less and some days they want more. Many 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 team players may not attend.