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    Default Italian Meal $1.20

    Italian Meal at $1.20:

    Tomato Pasta
    Garlic Bread
    Chocolate Pudding

    Tomato Pasta

    Pasta-

    2C flour
    2 eggs
    water

    In Food Processor, whirl eggs and flour til resembles corn meal, drizzle
    water until mixture begins to stick together and can be formed into a
    doughball without sticking to your hands. Feed through pasta maker (or roll
    by hand) until thinnest setting, Cut into desired shape...fettucini is fine.
    Dunk into boiling, salted water until done, about 1 minute, drain and set to
    the side. Makes 1 lb. Cost: 15 ?

    Sauce-

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 medium zucchini, sliced very thin (or your favorite vegetable green beans,
    eggplant, carrots, whatever)
    1 large tomato, diced
    1/2 tsp dried basil
    garlic salt to taste
    2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)

    In a hot skillet, cook zucchini until softened, add remaining ingredients and
    cook about one minute, until heated thoroughly. Place pasta into pan and stir
    until well coated and serve with a sprinkle of the cheese. Makes 4-6 large
    servings. Cost for all: 80?

    Garlic Bread

    bread of choice (good use for "heels" or ends of bread)
    garlic or garlic powder
    butter or margarine

    Combine butter with one peeled garlic clove and melt (20 second in
    microwave). Brush onto bread and bake about 5 minutes at 350F until toasted.
    (Alternately, mix garlic powder with butter and spread on...but this will use
    more butter). Cost for 4 piece: 5? maybe

    Chocolate Pudding

    Mix- 1C powedered milk
    2/3C sugar
    6 Tbsp cornstarch
    1/3C cocoa (more or less)
    1/4 Tsp vanilla

    This is for storage. To use: Add 1C water to 1/2C mix stir well and cook over
    medium heat, stirring until thick. Remove from heat and add 1 Tbsp butter and
    1/42tsp vanilla. Makes 4, 4 oz servings. Cost: 20?
    Southern Meal, Cost about 50?
    Beans and Greens
    Southern Cornbread

    Beans
    1 lb white beans (or your favorite: pintos, black eyed peas, butter beans,
    whatever)
    1 end chunk of ham or hamhock
    water

    Cover beans with water and bring to boil, pour off water and add fresh and
    return to stove (or soak overnight and pour off before cooking). Place ham or
    hamhock in with the beans and bring back to boil, cover, and turn the heat
    down. Boil several hours until beans are cooked and meat begins to fall off
    the bone. Remove bones and skin, and lid and boil a few minutes longer to
    form "bean gravy". Serve with chow-chow, sliced onion or other condiment.
    Makes enough for 4 people for AT LEAST two meals. Cost: Maybe 75? for both
    meals

    Greens

    This is my way, not the Southern way. I think cooking them the Southern way
    makes them bitter...to do that you put them whole in the saucepan pan with
    bacon drippings and a little water and cook until lifeless.

    6C uncooked greens of choice (turnip, mustard, collard, or mixed), with tough
    stems removed, roll up and cut into slivers
    2-3 Tbsp butter

    Melt butter in large skillet and stir-fry greens in the butter until color
    changes and heated through. Serve with a bit of malt vinegar, if desired.
    Makes about 6, 1/2C servings Cost: depends on time of year 30?

    Cornbread

    1C self-rising flour
    1C cornmeal
    1 egg
    2 Tbsp oil, melted shortening, melted butter, or bacon drippings (through the
    crumbled bacon in, if you've got it!)
    buttermilk

    Combine all ingredients with enough milk to make a medium batter. Pour into
    well greased and hot cast iron skillet, bake at 350F until done about 1/2
    hour. Makes 8, 3" wedges. Cost: about 15 ?

    From: Lorrain
    Date: Wed Jun 12, 2002 12:54 pm
    Subject: dinner under 2.00

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    Default Re: Italian Meal $1.20

    Quote Originally Posted by Budget101 View Post
    Italian Meal at $1.20:
    Tomato Pasta

    Pasta-

    2C flour
    2 eggs
    water

    In Food Processor, whirl eggs and flour til resembles corn meal, drizzle
    water until mixture begins to stick together and can be formed into a
    doughball without sticking to your hands. Feed through pasta maker (or roll
    by hand) until thinnest setting, Cut into desired shape...fettucini is fine.
    Dunk into boiling, salted water until done, about 1 minute, drain and set to
    the side. Makes 1 lb. Cost: 15 ?

    Sauce-

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 medium zucchini, sliced very thin (or your favorite vegetable green beans,
    eggplant, carrots, whatever)
    1 large tomato, diced
    1/2 tsp dried basil
    garlic salt to taste
    2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)

    In a hot skillet, cook zucchini until softened, add remaining ingredients and
    cook about one minute, until heated thoroughly. Place pasta into pan and stir
    until well coated and serve with a sprinkle of the cheese. Makes 4-6 large
    servings. Cost for all: 80?
    Sounds pretty tasty, and I the ingredients on hand, but think I'll use dry pasta.
    A while back, I bought a boat load of different pastas on a really good sale plus had quite a few -very- good coupons on it...paid .05 per box. With the prices today, I doubt I can make it quite that cheap.
    I know homemade pasta is much tastier than dried, but I wonder if there is a texture difference...

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    Default Re: Italian Meal $1.20

    This post sure makes me hungry. I love pasta and beans. I would like to make my own pasta one day. That would be a blast.

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