ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Low cost and easy spaghetti dinner 2016

Updated on March 17, 2016
Easy pasta dinner
Easy pasta dinner

Ingredients:

This vegetarian, no meat, low cost spaghetti dinner recipe is nutritious, simple, and delicious. I always plan dinners on a budget -- yet incorporate nutrition and taste -- into my meals. This recipe has no meat, but you can always add meat to suit your taste.

  • 1 box of whole wheat (or regular) spaghetti = $1.50
  • 1 can of crushed or pureed tomatoes (28 oz) = $1.00 (on sale)
  • 1 bag of ready-to-eat salad = $2.00
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread = $2.00
  • 8oz of fresh mushrooms - $2.00
  • 2 cloves of garlic = $.50

TOTAL = $9.00

Steps

Step 1:

  • Put water in a large pot to boil.
  • Open your can of sauce, put it in a 2 quart pan, turn the burner on medium-low. Add some fresh ground pepper, and other spices as desired.

Note: I typically buy a can of tomatoes without sugar and salt and add my own. This is also healthier than ready to eat spaghetti sauce, and usually cheaper.

Step 2:

  • Wash and slice your fresh mushrooms and put in your sauce.

Use fresh garlic
Use fresh garlic
  • Peel your garlic, put the garlic in a garlic press, put into your sauce.
  • Note: Some people prefer to buy the peeled garlic in jars; however, I prefer fresh garlic. Optionally, garlic powder can be used.

Step 3:

  • While your sauce is cooking, and the water is getting ready to boil, open your bag of pre-made salad, put into bowls and into the refrigerator.

Step 4:

  • Set the table, stir your sauce.

This low cost spaghetti dinner is fairly quick to make, continually delicious, and consistently a perfect dinner -- with ingredients that you can mix and blend to serve your purpose.

Cioa!

In a given month, how often do you make a spaghetti dinner?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love spaghetti and I found delicious recipe here. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a nice day!

    • MarloByDesign profile imageAUTHOR

      MarloByDesign 

      3 years ago from United States

      Thank you for commenting SweetiePie - I think I will try making my own sauce next summer with some fresh tomatoes!

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I do not eat a lot of spaghetti anymore, but this would be a good recipe to try. I always liked making my own pasta sauce when I did eat spaghetti.

    • MarloByDesign profile imageAUTHOR

      MarloByDesign 

      7 years ago from United States

      Multiman, thank you - by using this frugal recipe, you will have more money towards your cable bill! :)

    • profile image

      Multiman 

      7 years ago

      Yumm, this sounds so good I have copied the page to my printer to save in my recipe book. I'll try it with a couple of weeks when I go shoppng again.

    • MarloByDesign profile imageAUTHOR

      MarloByDesign 

      7 years ago from United States

      I totally agree, sundaynews, that Hunts Spaghetti Sauce is inexpensive and will do the trick as well. I support whatever "low cost" option will help support an easy spaghetti dinner. I buy Classico as well when I have a coupon and it goes on sale (I love using coupons), or any sauce for that matter.

    • sundaynews profile image

      sundaynews 

      7 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Hi, Marlo. Your recipe sounds good. Spaghetti is such a heart warming, filling and inexpensive meal. I confess that I often buy a can of Hunts Spaghetti Sauce. It is usually 99 cents for a large can. I buy 2 but sometimes only use one. I like the meat sauce and the four cheese sauce. I used to buy Prego or Classico, but I really like the flavor and the price of the Hunts sauces. I add ground beef and sauteed onion and green pepper. I love mushrooms, but my husband is not a fan.

    • MarloByDesign profile imageAUTHOR

      MarloByDesign 

      7 years ago from United States

      Miss Lil' Atlanta, thanks for stopping by - yes, I should probably add that somewhere in the beginning, good catch!

    • Miss Lil' Atlanta profile image

      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love spaghetti dinners. I mean, it's pretty hard to go wrong with spaghetti. And I like how you kept this recipe vegetarian! It's so true that spaghetti really is a wonderful way to save money on food yet keep it delicious even in a rough economy.

      ~ Miss Lil' Atlanta

    • MarloByDesign profile imageAUTHOR

      MarloByDesign 

      7 years ago from United States

      Om Paramapoonya, yeah! You are my first comment on this Hub...and yes, it is simple and easy for busy nights.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Very nice and simple. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)