(Closed) Pasta Bar Ideas

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
19 posts

Yum!  If you wanted to have more of a variety, I would maybe include a pesto (it looks really nice and can be made fairly cheaply if you substitute some of the pricier ingredients with cheaper alternatives.)  But I think those 3 will definitely appeal to everyones’ tastes 🙂

Post # 4
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are having a pasta buffet for our rehearsal dinner and we are having . . . 

Caesar salad

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled chicken and shrimp

Alfredo and Marinara Sauce

Cheese tortellini and Penne.



Post # 5
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It would be nice to have a vegetarian option.

Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I would eat all three of those and I’m a picky eater!

Post # 7
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’re doing a pasta bar at our wedding :), so clearly I think that this is a brilliant idea! While we’re not DIY, we are saving a ton of money going this route. Here’s what ours will have:

  • salad and rolls (including garlic bread – I know that you can buy garlic bread at Costco, so even though that makes it carb happy, it might be somethign worth thinking about)
  • 3 types of pasta (I know for sure tortellini and cavatappi. We haven’t settled on the 3rd)
  • 3 sauces (pesto, vodka sauce, and a 3rd)
  • meatballs

I don’t think 3 types of pasta are necessary, but it might be kind of nice to give people an option of two types? the lasagna sounds really good though. Pasta was a good option for us (as I’m sure you’re also aware) b/c there’s very few people who won’t eat it. We have tons of friends and family who are vegeterians (we do have a few meals for the vegans – not sure if you have any vegan guests – and I think two friends who have celiac. For my celiac friends, they will unfortunately have different plates, just to minimize contamination). I’ve been having some health issues, and for us it was important that we have something I could eat without feeling weird. The friends I’ve told that we’re having a pasta bar are all really excited (one of my bridesmaids is a picky eater and also doesn’t lie, and her face lit up and she was SO excited!). 

So, tl;dr I think you have a great idea and that there will be something for (almost) everyone, plus super yummy!

Post # 8
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@VideoGamer:  Sounds good to me, but if your mom’s lasagne is the standard red sauce/meat lasagne I would switch out the penne with meat sauce for pesto.  A cream sauce, a tomato-based sauce, and pesto will give you a nice variety.  

Post # 9
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yummy sounding food! We are doing something similar.

If you are looking for more options without more cost, I would go the topping route.

Possible Toppings:

Italian Sausage and/or Peppers


Grilled Veggies

Freshly Grated Parmasean Cheese


fresh basil



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