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5 Recipes That Cost Less Than $2

        Lifestyle | Budget Meals

Spaghetti and Meatballs

The beauty of pasta is that it keeps for months and is easy on the wallet. In fact, most packages of uncooked spaghetti noodles cost less than $3, and there are multiple servings in each box. Plus, many jarred pasta sauces are as delicious as they are inexpensive, and most cost only a couple of bucks. You can even add a pound of ground chicken, beef or turkey for meatballs (yes, chicken or turkey meatballs are just as good as beef) for less than $5. Add it all up, and you can easily feed a family of four for less than $2 per plate. This recipe for Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti & Meatballs is an excellent example of a simple and affordable take on the popular Italian dish.