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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

$5 Meal Idea: Vegetable Pasta Casserole

Here's another $5 meal idea, based on current sales while also utilizing our stockpiles.

Vegetable Pasta Casserole

Western Family Cream of Chicken Soup  .69 @ Macey's
Western Family Canned Olives .99 @ Macey's
Western Family Canned Tomatoes .48 @ Maceys

Barilla Rotini Pasta  .49 previous Smith's sale

Fresh Broccoli  2 lb/.99 @ Rancho Market

1 lb bag Baby Carrots $1.00 @ Smith's

Cheese  (you should have some left from last week's cheese.  I'm allotting about 1/3 c cheese for this recipe so the cost will be around $.60-.75.
If you don't have cheese in the freezer, I suggest you invest in Smith's current cheese deal:

5 lb Shredded Cheese $10.99
-.25/1 any 2 lb cheese online print

Use your Hefty freezer bags from the Smith's deal several weeks ago to break up your cheese into weekly portions.

Lightly steam broccoli and carrots (chopped fine) till barely tender.
Boil pasta per package directions.
Drain noodles.
Mix in Cream soup, sliced olives (drained), canned tomatoes (drained), broccoli and carrots, half of cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix and spread in casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake 30 minutes at 350.

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