One of my favorite frugal dinners is my sister’s hearty spaghetti sauce, which uses ground turkey instead of beef and carrots instead of sugar. A batch of this sauce, which feeds a hungry family of five or two with leftovers, costs about $5.65, plus another dollar to serve over pasta.
1 lb ground turkey, $3 (try to get one sale for $2)
1-2 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped small $.50
1 garlic clove, diced $.10
3 carrots chopped small, $.35
1 – 28-ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes, $1.20
1 small can tomato paste, $.50
1 T fresh basil or 1 t dried
1 T fresh oregano or 1 t dried
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown ground turkey in large heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Push meat to side when browned, then add oil in open side of pan and saute onions for 2-4 minutes. Push onions to the side next to the meat and saute garlic for 30 seconds. Push to the side and add chopped carrots. Cook until juicy (about 4 mins).
Add whole peeled tomatoes, breaking up each one in your hand. Add tomato paste and one can of water. Add spices, salt and pepper. Stir a few times. Cover and simmer for one hour. Add more salt and/or pepper if needed. Serve over hot pasta. Garlic bread and salad are great additions.
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