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5 Cheap Pasta Meals for Families


If you've got a box of pasta, a couple cans of condensed cream-of-something soup and some leftovers in the fridge, you've got dinner. First, start boiling water for your pasta. Egg noodles or sturdy pastas like gemelli, ziti, penne and rotini hold up well in casseroles. Then pull out the leftovers and start chopping! Dice or shred cooked, leftover meat (or substitute canned tuna or chicken) and cut leftover veggies like broccoli, zucchini or carrots into bite-sized pieces. You can also add chopped, uncooked veggies like onions, celery and spinach.

Cook the pasta in boiling water until it's almost done; it'll finish cooking during baking. Drain the pasta and stir everything together in a large casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Congratulations! You've just made a hearty, almost-free meal, and cleaned out the refrigerator at the same time!

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