Feeding a Crowd on a Dime

On my last turn to for cooking at our Wednesday Night Experience I decided to do a Pasta Bake. Pasta can go along way feeding any amount of people for an inexpensive cost. Pasta Bake and Bread w/butter was on the menu for a warm comfort food crowd pleaser. I’m going to list below the ingredients with their estimated prices in our area. (Estimated because I’m not organized enough to write exact prices a couple of weeks after I bought the items.)


2 lbs. rigatoni                                                       $2.00 (1.00/lb each on sale)

1 pound ground turkey                                      Free-was given to us and put in our freezer

2 large jars spaghetti sauce                             $7.00 ($3.50 per jar)

2-8 oz packages shredded cheddar               Free-we had them in the freezer

1-8 oz package shredded mozzarella            Free-freezer

2 loaves round bread                                          $6.00 ($3.00 each)


2-9×12 cake pans

To Do: 

Cook pasta according to package directions (a little al dente is best).

Cook ground turkey in frying pan until no longer pink. Drain any fat left in pan.

Spread a thin layer of sauce on bottom of each cake pan.

When pasta is cooked, divide pasta evenly between cake pans.

Place half of cooked ground turkey in each cake pan.

Place 1 cup shredded cheddar in each cake pan.

Pour 1 jar of spaghetti sauce on top of each cake pan.

Mix well.

Sprinkle remaining cheeses evenly between both cake pans.

Bake at 350 for about an hour, or until cheese on top is golden brown.

Serve with bread.

Total cost: approx. $15.00

Total number of people: 15

Cost per person: $1.00 w/ leftovers




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