Monday, March 9, 2009


So part of living frugal is cooking frugal too. Here is a cheap recipe that you can make at home. It is for spaghetti. I figured out the cost of meal is around $5.00 for 4-6 people. The cost is for the sauce and noodles only.

Spaghetti with Spicy Tomato Olive Sauce

1/2 cup brine-cured black olives, pitted and cut lengthwise into slivers
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 (14- to 15-oz) cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 lb spaghetti

Accompaniment: grated Parmesan

Cook olives, garlic, and red pepper flakes in oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and salt and simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up large pieces of tomato, until sauce is slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
While sauce is simmering, cook spaghetti in a 6- to 8-quart pot of
boiling salted water until al dente.
Drain spaghetti in a colander and add to sauce. Cook, tossing, over moderately low heat until pasta is coated, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

If you don't want it spicy, just make it without the hot red pepper flakes, and it will still taste good.

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