Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Impromptu Dinner

Last minute dinners are the worst aren't they? Even with all my planning I end up with a few impromptu dinner creations. This week I took some recipe tips from Real Simple. I love that magazine! It's their Rigatoni with Roasted Sausage and Broccoli.

Rigatoni: 1 box is $1.39 and I used a little less than half which comes to $.7o
Red Onion: $1.22 for the onion and I used about half, totaling $.61
Broccoli: $1.5o and I used the whole bunch. We love broccoli.
Italian Sausage: $3.49 for 3 links and I only used 1 link. Total is $1.17
Olive Oil: I have this all the time so for 1.5 tbsp I'll guess $1
Salt & Pepper: I'm guessing nothing because I really always have these.

Total cost per serving: $2.49 That's pretty great! It tastes amazing, I love how roasting vegetables brings out flavors and lets them be sort of crunchy. Leave the hamburger helper and taco kit in a box at the store! How does that price compare to your spur of the moment dinners? I think I beat even a happy meal. Here is the link to my calorie approximations.

1. Chop broccoli and slice onion.
2. Coat in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3. Spread on baking sheet and nestle the bits of sausage, removed from it's casing, into the vegetables.
4. Roast for 18-20 min at 400 degrees.
5. Boil pasta.
6. Combine pasta and roasted goodies.
7. Enjoy!

Happy Inexpensive Eating!


  1. I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like your recipes here.if you wont mind, I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post. Just add the Rigatoni widget at the end of this post and it's good to go. Thanks!

  2. This a real healthy and easy dish to make. Thanks for sharing it!!!