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Pieday Friday recipe – Thrifty spaghetti & meatballs

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I think that pasta is one of the cheapest and most filling meals you can eat – especially spaghetti and penne, which are usually priced around 40p in the ‘basics’ supermarket range. You can funk up these carbs with a yummy tomato sauce – again you can normally get a basic Bolognese sauce for around 30p or you can easily make your own with a tin of own-brand chopped tomatoes at around 20p, a squirt of garlic paste and tomato puree (50p for a whole tube), a tablespoon of dried mixed herbs (20p or less for a tub) and salt ‘n’ pepper to taste. I know it might be a bit more fiddly than opening a jar, but at least you know what’s going into your sauce and you can adjust the flavours to your preference. If you have an onion lying around you can finely dice it and fry it off before adding and you can load up the sauce with any yummy veg you like; peppers, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes.

pieday friday recipe for spaghetti bolognese and meatballs cooking pasta main meal

  1. Fry off the onion or veg in a little oil or fry-light for a couple of minutes before adding a squirt of garlic and tomato puree. Frying this off for a little longer then add the chopped tomatoes, herbs and seasoning. Let your sauce bubble and reduce down, ready for your pasta and meatballs. This sauce will probably be enough for 4 people, or 2 greedy folk, like myself!
  2. Take the skins off 2 sausages per person and add a sprinkling of herbs (and even a grating of cheese if you like!), mix together and shape into meatballs. Fry in a little Fry-Light until golden on the outside then pop in the oven to cook through.
  3. Pile the meatballs onto the spaghetti and pour over a nice helping of your homemade tasty sauce.

pieday friday recipe for spaghetti bolognese and meatballs cooking main meal

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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