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Low cost and easy spaghetti dinner 2016

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


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


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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