Is there anything better than a hot plate of delicious pasta after a cold day?
Check out this easy, delicious, and budget-friendly meals:
1- Creamy tomato and spinach pasta - Total cost: $3.28 / Per serving: $0.82
• 1/2 lb. penne pasta ($0.75)
• 1 yellow onion ($0.28)
• 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
• 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
• 1 15oz. can diced tomatoes ($0.59)
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.05)
• 1/2 tsp dried basil ($0.05)
• 1 pinch crushed red pepper (optional) ($0.02)
• 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
• freshly cracked black pepper to taste ($0.03)
• 2 Tbsp tomato paste ($0.08)
• 2 oz. cream cheese ($0.20)
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan ($0.31)
• 4 oz. fresh spinach ($0.65)
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and continue to boil until tender (7-10 minutes). Drain the pasta.
2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the creamy tomato sauce. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and olive oil to a large skillet and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent (3-5 minutes).
3. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine. Add the tomato paste and a 1/2 cup of water to the skillet and stir until the tomato paste has mixed into the sauce.
4. Turn the heat down to low. Cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has fully melted and the sauce is creamy. Add the Parmesan to the skillet and stir until it is melted into the sauce.
5. Add the fresh spinach to the skillet and gently stir it into the sauce until it has wilted (2-3 minutes). Add the pasta and stir until it is well coated in the creamy tomato sauce. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.
2- One-pot pasta – Total cost: $6.24 / Per serving: $1.04
• 4 cups vegetable broth ($0.52)
• 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.22)
• 12 oz. fettuccine ($0.75)
• 8 oz. frozen chopped spinach ($0.72)
• 1 28oz. can diced tomatoes ($1.68)
• 1 yellow onion, sliced ($0.42)
• 4 cloves garlic, sliced ($0.32)
• 1/2 Tbsp dried basil ($0.15)
• 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano ($0.15)
• 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper ($0.03)
• freshly cracked black pepper to taste ($0.05)
• 2 oz. shaved Parmesan ($1.25)
1. Add four cups of vegetable broth to a large pot. Break the fettuccine in half and add it to the pot along with the canned tomatoes (with juices), olive oil, frozen spinach, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper, and some freshly cracked black pepper.
2. Make sure the ingredients are submerged under the liquid, place a lid on top of the pot, and then turn the heat on to high. Allow the pot to come up to a full boil over high heat, then remove the lid and turn the heat down to medium.
3. Allow the pot to continue to boil over medium heat, without a lid, for 10-15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir the pot every few minutes as it cooks to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom, but avoid over stirring which can cause the pasta to become sticky.
4. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan just before serving.
3- Spicy Dragon Noodles – Total cost: $2.04 / Per serving: $1.02
• 4 oz. lo mein noodles ($1.13)
• 2 Tbsp butter ($0.20)
• 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper ($0.02)
• 1 large egg ($0.25)
• 1 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.02)
• 1 Tbsp soy sauce ($0.02)
• 1 Tbsp sriracha rooster sauce ($0.08)
• 1 handful fresh cilantro ($0.22)
• 1 sliced green onion ($0.06)
1. Begin to boil water for the noodles. Once the water reaches a full boil, add the noodles and cook according to the package directions (boil for 5-7 minutes).
2. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha.
3. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add the red pepper to the butter as it melts. Whisk an egg in a bowl and then add to the melted butter. Stir gently and cook through. Once the egg is done cooking, turn off the heat.
4. When the noodles are tender, drain the water and then add them to the skillet with the cooked egg. Also, add the prepared sauce. Turn the heat on to low to evaporate excess moisture, and stir until everything is coated well with the sauce. Sprinkle the sliced green onions and cilantro leaves (whole) on top and serve!
Save money and try this easy $2 pasta at home
Save money with these delicious and easy pasta recipes, learn how to make them at home and you will not stop eating well, and also reduce your food shopping expenses.
About the video:
"Going out for Pasta is gonna cost you at least 15 bucks for a plate. But what if you could just take an extra 15 minutes at home and instead end up only forking over 2 dollars or less?
Ingredients you'll need:
Marcella Hazan’s Onion Butter Tomato:
1 pound spaghetti
28 oz can peeled whole San Marzano tomatoes
5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter
1 onion, peeled, cut in half
Pasta Aglio Oglio:
1 lb spaghetti
1/3 cup olive oil
7 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmigiano Cheese for serving if desired
1 lb pappardelle
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup milk
2 cloves fresh grated garlic barely
1.5 cup (110g) grated parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste"
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