When it comes to weekday cooking, I’m all in favour of an easy throw together meal. If it freezes well that’s an added benefit! I can’t remember which book I got this recipe from, I just know it was one I got from the library sometime this year, and put into our Pepperplate online menu planner/ recipe book (www.pepperplate.com)
Its easy, delicious, very family friendly, and it hides a fair amount of veggies in there as well! I usually have most of the ingredients on the freezer or store cupboard, so it’s just a case of throwing it together, and while its simmering, get some pasta on the boil. I buy my Parmesan in blocks, and then grate it on a fine plane grater. It keeps really well in a reused glass jar and lasts for ages in the fridge. Of course, you don’t have to do this, but I’m inherently lazy, so would rather just grate all the cheese at once.
Costings are for a double batch, we froze the second batch of ragu without the pasta
- Sausages – £1.09 at Aldi for 12
- Tinned tomatoes 35 p each = £0.70
- Frozen Veg – Around 30 p for onions, celery, carrots and garlic = £0.30
- Tomato Paste – 10 p £.0.10
Total cost for the sauce : £2.19 for 8 portions
A pkt of Penne was £.029 (Aldi) and we used around 1/3 packet for 3 portions. In all honesty, I should have used a bit more pasta, I would probably use about 75 – 100g of pasta per person.
Not including the cheese (I can’t remember what I paid for it) the whole cost for the sauce was £2.19 for 8 portions which works out to £0.28 per portion (slightly more as I haven’t costed in the olive oil or parmesan cheese). The pasta cost 10p for 3 large portions but I should have used more as 1/3 pkt isn’t much, so let’s be extravagant and say the whole meal would cost in at about 40-45 p per portion. You would pay more if you weren’t shopping at Aldi, but it’s still a tasty, easy meal for pennies.