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5 Cheap Pasta Meals for Families


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Soup
If you don't have any small pasta shapes on hand for your soup, just break strands of long pasta into bite-size pieces.
If you don't have any small pasta shapes on hand for your soup, just break strands of long pasta into bite-size pieces.

Soup and pasta are a natural pairing for getting a lot of bang from your food buck, and soups are year-round satisfying meals. Plus, making soup gives you a chance to play with all kinds of pasta sizes and shapes. Use ditalini with fresh spinach and tiny meatballs in chicken broth for Italian wedding soup. Add tortellini or gnocchi to homemade vegetable soup for belly-filling value.

You can save even more money by making your own stock. If you've roasted a chicken or turkey, boil the remaining meat from the bones after you've carved away your servings. Then strain the broth and add some vegetables and rotini or tortellini for a tummy-warming winter soup. Check out Tortellini Soup, Sausage Vegetable Rotini Soup, and Chicken Rotini Soup for inspiration.

Make a meal for mere pennies with the pasta dish on the next page.