I thought I'd share a recipe this week that focused on using ingredients most of us already have in the house: frozen peas and canned tomatoes. I found this recipe for Pasta and Peas Au Gratin in a new cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens: "Super Market Shortcuts: Shop Smart! 365 Recipes to Save Time and Money." It creates what appears to be a yummy tomato cream sauce with cheese ravioli and peas. Of course, I'll be substituting milk for the half-and-half in this recipe, which you also might do if you are trying to lose weight in 2010 like I am. This meal costs $1.79 per serving.
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If you need to stock up on frozen vegetables or canned tomatoes, Kroger is selling both as part of their 10 for $10 specials this week. For more ways to save money on your groceries, make sure to check out N&O retail reporter Sue Stock's blog, Taking Stock. She pairs what's on sale with coupons each Wednesday.
Pasta and Peas Au Gratin
1 9-ounce package of refrigerated cheese-filled ravioli
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup half-and-half, light cream or milk
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions, except add peas for the last minute of cooking. Drain. Return pasta and peas to the saucepan.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan stir together flour and pepper. Gradually stir in the half and half. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Gradually add undrained tomatoes. Pour over pasta mixture. Toss to coat. Sprinkle individual servings with cheese.
Makes 4 servings.
Ravioli, $4.15 for 9-ounce package, Cost for meal: $4.15
Peas, $1 for 12-ounce bag, Cost for meal: 67 cents
Half-and-Half, $1.79 for 16 ounces, Cost for meal: 90 cents
Tomatoes, $1 for 14-ounce can, Cost for meal: $1
Parmesan cheese, $4.29 for 10 ounces, Cost for meal: 43 cents
Cost for meal: $7.15
Cost per serving: $1.79