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i need to make a (preferably simple, cheapish) meal for 10-12 people who don't like anything too cheesy, greasy, or spicy. there also needs to be a vegetarian option, so the whole thing could be vegetarian. ideas?

asked by melizza almost 5 years ago
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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 5 years ago

Are you looking for a one-pot dish? Meat or fish? Give us some more details and will try to help.

Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 5 years ago

How about a butternut squash or mushroom risotto using veg stock?


hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added almost 5 years ago

I've made this, and it's really tasty.

added almost 5 years ago

I'm with merrill on the risotto. This is a great, very simple recipe that you can make as is, or add veggies: I've left most of the Parmesan out of this dish before and served some on the side so it can be sprinkled on.

When I'm serving people who like things pretty simple, but elegant, I'll serve that risotto with these beans on the side (you can make it with canned beans and cut out most of the time): http://www.cookingwithpatty...

I make it more colorful with one more simple dish: oven-roasted broccoli. In an oven safe skillet, drizzle olive oil and toss in broccoli florets and about 2 cloves minced garlic. Drizzle over with a dash more olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Broil on hi about 10-15min, until broccoli is bright green. Immediately after taking it from the oven, splash with about 1 tsp fresh lemon juice.

added almost 5 years ago

Risotto is always my go to dish. also can do something Italian like eggplant Parmesan or a few quiches or frittatas and a big salad.


Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 5 years ago

I think this is a great recipe--you could serve the goat cheese on the side.

added almost 5 years ago

A fritatta is always nice--I love making them because no recipe is required, you can use whatever you have in the refrigerator or pantry and it doesn't have to be served hot.

I'm with phyllis about the eggplant or zucchini parmesan, too.