We are a pasta-loving family. So of course spaghetti is a popular meal at our house. It's a budget friendly meal that goes a long way. In our house we don't use a ready made jar sauce. We make our own. My hubby taught me how to make this sauce while we were dating. It's a simple recipe that you can adjust the seasonings to your own personal taste.
The ingredients are:
1 lb of ground beef - browned & drained
4 - 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 green pepper - diced
1 onion - diced
1 packet of Sazon Goya seasoning
2 lbs. thin spaghetti
In a large pot, heat a couple teaspoons of oil on medium heat. Saute the onions and green peppers, just until soft, about 2 - 3 minutes. Add the cans of sauce and the goya seasoning. Stir then add the other seasonings. I don't measure those. I just sprinkle some in, stir and then taste. Then after it simmers for about 30 minutes, I'll taste again and add more if needed. We use at least 2 tsps of each. Simmer for another 30 minutes and taste again. While the sauce is simmering, I cook the noodles. Chop some of the fesh cilantro and sprinkle on top. This amount will serve 8 with leftovers.
ground beef - $2.49/lb (less if on sale or markdown)
green pepper - $.50
tomato sauce - $2.oo for 4 cans
onion - $.25
goya - $.10
thin spaghetti - $2.00 for a 2lb box
(you probably have the other seasonings so I'm not going to include them in the cost)
Total Cost - $7.34, add a salad for another $1 and a loaf of fresh italian bread for $1.50 and you have a complete meal for less than $10.