Filling Fall Meal on the Frug

ConAgra Simple and Delicious sent me this recipe for Beefy Tomato and Spinach Rotini for a filling fall meal.  Looks delicious.  It’s a Cheap Thrill, too!  Allow me to get on the Well-Stocked Pantry soapbox for a sec:  stock up for frugal meals like this in a jiffy.

  • 3 cups dry rotini pasta, uncooked (.16 Healthy Harvest @ Target FREE @ NF this week w/$1 coupon)
  • 1 pound ground sirloin beef (1.78/# @ NoFrills this week)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 med = about 1/2 cup) (FREE with NF Mega Meal Deal last week)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, undrained (.55 or less w/CA booklet coupon)
  • 1 can (6 oz each) Hunt’s® Tomato Paste-No Salt Added (always a value ETA: $1/3 ConAgra booklet coupon)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (- .50 OF coupon OR .59 @ Aldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pkg (6 oz each) fresh spinach leaves (less than $2 @ Aldi)

Total for the meal: about $4.86 4.70.  The recipe says it serves 6, so $.78 per serving!  You could leave out the expensive spinach, and instead serve a hearty green side salad (.50 for 4 servings).  Or substitute steamed broccoli (.99 @ SuperSaver this week).


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