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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.

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    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

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

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      MarloByDesign 5 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.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 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

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      MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

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

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      sundaynews 5 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.

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      MarloByDesign 5 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.

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      Multiman 5 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.

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      MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

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

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      SweetiePie 2 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.

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      MarloByDesign 2 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!

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      prasetio30 2 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!

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