$10 Dinners – Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

Today I start an occasional series, $10 Dinners, highlighting good-tasting, budget-friendly dinner recipes from my books. I can’t guarantee that every recipe will appeal to everyone, but I can promise that they will be easy to prepare, healthier to eat, and less expensive than any restaurant take-out! Every recipe can be prepared for $10 or less (4 servings). Now that’s a bargain! First up:

Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

This recipe is so easy and elegant it just seems wrong.  It is especially good with fresh, out of the garden, tomatoes.

Fresh Mozzarella Sauce

Fresh Mozzarella Sauce

Combine in a bowl: 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves – sliced or torn, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, and about 6 ounces of fresh mozzarella, chopped. I also added about 1/4 cup halved black olives and 1/4 cup broken walnuts. Stir and set aside to marinate (anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour).

Cook 3/4 lb. pasta according to package directions. I usually use penne, but used cavatappi here. I also added a handful of arugula to the cooking pot during the last minute or so. Drain the pasta, toss with tomato mixture and Voila! – you have dinner.

Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

Unfortunately, I could eat this stuff till I burst, it’s that good. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve with a glass of your favorite Chianti. 4 servings cost about $9 total.

This recipe can be found in my budget-friendly, time-saving cookbook – I Want My Dinner Now! – Simple Meals for Busy Cooks. I wrote this book while my sons were growing up and, well, always wanted their dinner as soon as I walked through the door each evening.  The recipes are actually written for both 2 and 6 servings, and are designed to appeal to new cooks, busy cooks, and frugal cooks! Read more about it here.

I Want My Dinner Now!

I Want My Dinner Now!

No, that is not me on the cover – but I am sure there are still times I look like that when preparing dinner for a full house. Let me know if you enjoy the recipe and check back for more $10 Dinners soon!

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About the Author

Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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  1. sparklemeetsdomestics says:

    i can’t wait for more frugal recipes. this one looks so easy and delicious, too!

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