Hi everyone! So in line with asking everyone if they bring lunch to work with them on Monday, I figured I would start posting the meals I make for dinner. We have a few favorites that are pretty cheap, and they usually take one day up for my meal plan. KK over at Student Debt Survivor posted one yesterday and I knew I had to join in. I love sharing recipes and seeing what other people enjoy making.
Now, this is a pretty lame version of fettuccine because I’m using sauce from a jar, which I hate, but it is less expensive than making the sauce yourself. I have a recipe from my dad, which I will post at the bottom in case you want to try it out, but I’m not sure if it’s cheap. I am sure that it’s probably less than what you would pay at a restaurant, though.
1 package of fettuccine noodles
1 jar of alfredo sauce
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
I like to get Buitoni’s fettuccine because it is fresh, so it comes out nicer (it’s also what my dad uses). My grocery store was having a sale on these for $2. The jars usually go for $2.50. It doesn’t really matter which brand you buy – I’ve been trying all sorts and sadly they pale in comparison to my dad’s, but that’s what you get for a jar. I would probably pick Newman’s Own as my “favorite.”
How to make it
There’s pretty much no prep work here, which is why I love making this! Simple and easy. Just heat up a medium pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in the water so that the noodles don’t stick together, and wait for it to boil. Once it does, put the whole package of fettuccine in and stir it around occasionally. It doesn’t take very long to cook, less than ten minutes, so just keep checking and stirring until it is done to your liking. Strain the pasta once done.
The sauce is also simple – I just stick it in a bowl in the microwave for about 45 seconds and it comes out fine. Mix it with the fettuccine and you have your meal! You can always season it too, as I find the sauces don’t always have the most amazing flavor. I like to add pepper.
Garlic bread for the side dish
Garlic bread is amazing, even if it leaves you with horrible breath. R and I had purchased this on sale as well, I think for $2 or $2.50. We got the Pepperidge Farm Garlic Toast. Yum. All you have to do is put it in either the oven or toaster oven for 5-6 minutes. That’s all it takes! You could also just buy Italian bread at the store, cut it in half, layer it with a mix of butter, olive oil, garlic powder, and oregano and toast it. My mom and grandma both make it this way and it’s always delicious.
Why it’s so great
This recipe is so easy to add to, so if you prefer having tomatoes or other vegetables in your dish, it’s easy to incorporate them in. You could also add chicken, but we didn’t have any. All in all this probably takes me 10 minutes to make, and because it’s pasta, it is filling. We usually have leftovers enough for one, so if you want to stock up, I’d suggest getting two packages.
All in all, for two people, you’re spending around $6-$7 for a meal. Not bad considering it’s filling, there should be some leftovers, and most fettuccine alfredo dishes cost $11+ at quality restaurants.
My Dad’s Recipe
1 package of noodles
1/2 cup of butter
½ pint of sour cream
½ pint of heavy cream
½ parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of chopped chives
1 teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of pepper
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
In large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in sour cream, heavy cream, cheese, chives, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook over low heat until hot and bubbly.