How To Cook A Delicious Restaurant Quality Meal For A Dollar
source: Desiree Tonus
Note: This recipe was originally titled How To Cook A Restaurant Quality Meal For Fifty Cents, when it was posted eight years ago. However, over time, costs have gone up. Therefore, the title has been changed to reflect current food prices.
I just made myself a meal that was so good, so fast and so cheap that I have to brag about it.
The meal itself was simple…spaghetti with an easy tomato sauce. What made it restaurant quality was the delicious taste and the attractive way it was served. Best of all, it took under five minutes of hands-on time and cost less than $.50 per diner.
Fast and Delicious Spaghetti Sauce
1 large can crushed tomatoes, Italian Style
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp. crushed dried basil
1 tsp. powdered garlic
a generous pinch of pepper
salt, to taste (I like a lot)
Combine all ingredients and simmer until pasta is ready or at least 15 minutes.
Optional: Use hand blender to pulp ingredients when finished cooking.
Add one pound of pasta to rapidly boiling water. Stir well. Cook till el dente. Drain immediately. Add 1/2 stick butter and 1 tsp. salt. Mix well.
Place 1/4 of the pasta in a large dinner plate. Top the center of the pasta with 1/4 of the sauce. About 1 inch all around the edges should be left unsauced. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve right away.
Add a small green salad with ranch dressing to round out the meal.