Chicken Fettucini Alfredo for A Crowd

OK, So last night was one of our big Pasta Dinners for the Varsity Football Team, and a few of you have been asking what we serve and how much. So… I meant to take pictures to post, but in the sheer craziness in the moment that the boys came out of the locker room, I lost my head and forgot! Or should I say, never even gave it a second thought until it was close to over and by then we had quite the mess and I DIDN’T want to share that with you! Trust me, you don’t want to see it.

To feed 40 players, 6 coaches and a few of the volleyball girls (as if they eat so much), this is what we made: 4 lasagnas (or variations of), 1 large Nesco of meatballs and sauce, 1 large Nesco of Chicken Fettucini Alfredo (recipe to follow), 10# spaghetti noodles, 9 gallons of milk, 1 case of water, 8 desserts, 2 large watermelons and 48 rolls with butter. Whew! And not many leftovers.

I got this recipe from Karen Z. because I wasn’t sure how to double/triple/quadruple… the recipe that I had, but this turned out fantastic! I did break down and finally buy an 18 quart Nesco after refusing for many years, I just didn’t want that thing sitting around and taking up what precious little storage space I have, but you know what, I love it! And will probably use it quite a bit. I know pumping carbs into the boys must be working, they’ve won their first 2 games!! Go T-Birds! OK, so on to the recipe for a crowd…

Chicken Fettucini Alfredo-for a Crowd


6 pounds chicken breasts
3 cloves minced garlic
3 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups flour
8 cups chicken stock
8 cups half and half
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
3 teaspoons ground nutmeg
9 cups Parmesan cheese-freshly grated
2 cups Gruyere cheese-freshly grated
4 pounds County Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta-from Wal-Mart


In a large stock pot over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth (do not brown). Whisk in 6 cups of the chicken broth; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Whisk in 6 cups of the half and half, salt, garlic and pepper. Cook and stir until smooth and slightly thickened. Add the cheese and mix well.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add a little water to the bottom of a jellyroll pan. Add the chicken breasts and season with garlic powder, Paprika, salt and pepper. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. When slightly cooled, cut chicken up into bite sized pieces.

Boil water and cook the pasta according to package directions. Put all ingredients together in an 18 quart Nesco set to 200 degrees.

You will need the extra chicken broth and half and half to add after sitting for a while because the noodles will absorb the liquid pretty quickly. I also added skim milk to help thin it out. Re-season to taste after each addition of liquid

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17 Responses to “Chicken Fettucini Alfredo for A Crowd”

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    S3XinthePantry — September 5, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

    You are amazing – I can't even imagine cooking for that many people.

    Once I treated an older man who was a cook in the Army. He would begin every recipe with huge quantites. You could ask him "How do you make a cake – he'd say something like 10 pounds of flour…." He had it all memorized!

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    Andrea @ Unfailingly Loved — September 6, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

    I love your new site, Anne. Looks great and really reflects your fun-loving, dynamic self. Have fun with it! You are doing a great job!

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    Sassy Chica — September 8, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    I swear you are a woman after my heart….you are posting all the recipes on my list to make, but forget to find recipes!

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    Chris — January 24, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    I know this is long past this recipe being posted and for that matter since there have been comments .. I would like to make the Fettucini for a crowd of 40 as the stand alone, served with soup, salad and yummy bread. This is for a couples Valentine dinner .. do you think 2 batches would be enough? (I will be serving pre made plates to the tables.


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    Christina — September 15, 2013 @ 3:52 am

    I found this recipe online recently looking to feed a large crowd for my kids birthday. It was amazing tasted delicious and everybody was pleased!! This recipe fed about 40 people at the party and we still had leftovers. it was delicious! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! 🙂

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    Natalie Snyder — March 24, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

    I’m trying to make this recipe. Can’t wait to try it. Recipe calls for nutmeg. But I don’t see where to add it in the instructions??? Am I missing something??

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    I Plan to make this for our weekly homeless shelter and don’t see how long the alfredo should be in the nesco before serving. I would like to make it a couple of hours ahead of time but am worried that the sauce may curdle?

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