Feeding a crowd can be a daunting task, trying to make sure there’s enough food, that it satisfies picky and adventurous palettes alike, and that it isn’t the same ol’ thing you make every week. This is particularly vital for Sunday night dinners with your extended family, especially when you’re always the host. Whether it’s your first time hosting a family meal and you need big-batch recipe ideas or you’re a seasoned pro looking to change things up, we have 10 ideas to make every Sunday your best family meal yet.
Having a back-pocket lasagna recipe is essential if you have a big family. We love this simple recipe because it uses raw lasagna noodles so you don’t have to boil them ahead of time. Any time saved making a family meal is fantastic.
Making one big roast seems like something to save for the holidays, but it’s a set-it-and-forget-it meal that can feed a crowd. Slice up leftovers for sandwiches throughout the week.
You don’t even need to make sides for this recipe! This easy roast pork cooks with lots of root vegetables in a zesty KRAFT Classic CATALINA Dressing sauce, aka a built-in side dish. You can easily double the recipe easily if your family is big . . . or just really ravenous.
To infuse a ton of flavor with barely any effort, try using KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing when you roast a chicken. Use your favorite KRAFT Dressing for a side salad.
Ham isn’t just for Easter! Our favorite way to eat it is by making a slider bar with dinner rolls, carved ham, cheddar cheese, GREY POUPON Dijon mustard, KRAFT Mayo Real Mayonnaise, and any other accoutrements you love. It’s an interactive and nice bite-size family meal that can easily be eaten around the TV or at a dinner table.
Life rule: when in doubt, make macaroni and cheese. It’s a crowd-pleaser (crowd-cheeser?) and is an easy way to make a ton of food so no one will go hungry. Mix up the cheese blend and add in a protein like chicken and vegetables if you want to make it even heartier.
When the weather is cold and you want to feel cozy, make a big batch of soup. This leek soup is super flavorful, but only has six ingredients and comes together in 45 minutes. It can be made ahead to reheat as a starter alongside salad, or you can serve bigger bowls with crusty bread and toppings as an entree.
Rather than making something that satisfies picky kid palettes separately, make this easy casserole that kids and adults will both love. Add chicken to make it heartier and feed more people!
It’s a classic for a reason, but Sunday Sauce doesn’t have to be super time consuming! Make meatballs in your slow cooker using CLASSICO Pasta Sauce, and then just boil a pot of spaghetti before your family arrives. They won’t know you cheated a little bit.
Making steaks for eight people is a pretty ambitious dinner plan, but salisbury steak for a crowd is much easier. You can form the “steaks” in advance, and then serve with mashed potatoes that can also be made in advance and keep warm on the stove.