Feeding your family on a tight budget can be tough; but thrifty divas enjoy finding yummy, crowd pleasing recipes is greatly rewarding. Here’s an easy recipe I found at http://family.go.com/ that only costs $1.50 per serving.
Hands On Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 40 minutes
Yields: 6 servings at $1.50 a pop
1 pound elbow macaroni or small pasta shells
1 pound ground beef, turkey, chicken, or sausage
1 pound ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 jar spaghetti sauce (24-26 ounces)
2 cups shredded mozarella cheese
2 cups chopped veggies (zucchini, carrots, brocolli, etc)
-Brown meat, drain if necessary
-While meat is cooking, stir together eggs, ricotta, grated Parmesan and salt and pepper.
-Mix cooked meat, macaroni, sauce and veggies. Add ricotta mixture and blend well.
-Coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray or olive oil and spread 1/2 the macaroni mixture on the bottom, topping with a cup of mozzarella and a healthy sprinkle of grated Parmesan. Add the remaining macaroni mixture and top with another cup of mozzarella and another sprinkle of Parmesan. Cover with foil.
-At this point, the whole thing can go in the fridge to be cooked when you’re ready (diva note: LOVE THIS! Prepare it in the morning so that all you have to do at dinner time is pop it in the oven. Time saving skills! Woo-hoo!)
-Heat your oven to 350 degrees F and bake the casserole for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 - 20 minutes, until cheese on top is lightly browned and bubbly.
Add a bagged salad, serve, enjoy, and bask in the knowledge that you are one penny-wise diva!