Supper happens every night. I know this. Why then, on rare occasion, do I forget that my family will need supper until it’s nearly supper time?? Granted, this doesn’t happen too terribly often (thankfully), but alas, it does happen. Most of the time I know what we are having for supper. I simply check my meal plan or (on slightly less prepared weeks) scan the freezer to pull out a frozen meal for supper. In those rare moments of supper induced panic, I turn to spaghetti. There are 5 budget-friendly spaghetti meals that I always have on standby.
5 Budget-Friendly Spaghetti Meals
This is a meal that was brought to me when I had my fifth child two years ago. We all loved it so much that it made its way onto my standby list. This isn’t your regular baked spaghetti with a red sauce, it’s so much better!! Check out the recipe and try it for yourself!
I have made slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore for years, and it’s always a hit. But I don’t always plan ahead, and on those days I just throw it all in a pot- minus the pasta- and let it cook for about 45 minutes on low-medium, and then add in the pasta. Cook until the pasta is tender, and BAM, supper is done.
It sounds fancy, but I promise it isn’t hard to make! This is actually something my husband came up with one night when I wasn’t feeling well and the supper-making fell to him.
What you need:
- 2-4 pieces of raw bacon, chopped
- spaghetti (as much as you’d like- we use just more than a pound for our brood)
- half a red onion, sliced thin
- 2 tsp or 4 cloves chopped garlic
- optional toppings: kalamata olives, Parmesan cheese, feta cheese, fresh diced tomatoes, fresh basil
What to do:
- Cook your pasta according to the package for al dente texture
- In the meantime, cook your bacon, reserving about a tablespoon of grease
- Remove the bacon, and add the onion and garlic to the grease
- Saute until the onions are near translucent
- Add the noodles and bacon back into the skillet (we use a wok)
- Once the pasta and everything is combined, grab a plate, top it with kalamata olives and Parmesan cheese and dig in!!!
Sesame Noodles. Good gravy these are tasty!! I first found the recipe when scrolling through Facebook. Gotta love those little recipe videos! Anyway, these noodles are fantastic and super cheap to make. You can add chicken or beef to make it a “complete” meal (which is what I have to do when hubby eats it with us), but my kids and I like it just the way it is!
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
This one is relatively new to our family. A friend of mine brought it over (frozen) after I had my sixth baby back in early September. I pulled it from the freezer a few days after she brought it over and let it thaw on the counter. Yes, I know this is the wrong way to do thaw something, but I’m okay with that.
Anyway, once it was *mostly* thawed, I reheated it at 400 degrees for about an hour. It smelled delicious and tasted even better!! I knew I had to have the recipe! My friend pointed me to The Pioneer Woman’s recipe, and now Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is on our regular rotation! To make this one a bit less time consuming to make, I’ll use a couple breasts instead of a whole chicken.
Why I love these 5 Budget-Friendly Spaghetti Meals
All of these meals help me use up random leftovers in the fridge, thus reducing waste, which is awesome. I do hate wasting food. They are all freezer friendly and super frugal, yay! And did I mention how quick they are to throw together??
What are your old standbys when it comes to supper? Tell me in the comments, I always like trying new recipes!