pasta with sausage and caulifower

or how to make a meal for 5 for under $7.

I’ll admit this isn’t the fanciest or the most visually appealing recipe but it’s tasty, quick and easy and more importantly, cheap. The recipe made enough food for 5 meals in total and the ingredients didn’t cost more than $7!

Let’s recap:
Pasta with Sausage and Cauliflower
1 onion, chopped $0.47
2 1/2 cups cauliflower, cut into small florets $1.49
1 tbsp olive oil – no idea. Let’s say $0.10 but even then that’s a high estimate if you ask me!
4 italian sausages, casings removed – A pack of 12 sausages cost me 4,99 a few weeks ago so that’s $1,66
1 cup cherry tomatoes $1,29
1 cup chicken broth (I’m going to say free for this one because I made it from chicken bones and it was in my freezer!)
4 cups pasta (I used large shells. I should have used penne or some other short pasta) $0.80
4 tbsp parmesan, freshly grated (I’m going to guess at this one too and say $0,50)

That’s a whopping total of $6,31, or $1.26 per meal!

It’s easy to make, too!

Coarsely chop the onion and cut the cauliflower into small pieces (about 2 cm).

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté 2-3 min.

Remove the skin from the sausage, then add the meat to the pan. Break up the meat using a wooden spoon and cook 4-5 min until it looses its pink colour. Add the tomatoes and saute for another minute or two.

Pour in the warm broth and stir in the cauliflower. Bring to a boil then lower the heat.

Cover and simmer 10 min until the cauliflower is cooked al dente and the broth is almost completely absorbed (the sauce should still be moist).

Meanwhile, cook the pasta.

Drain the pasta then pour it into the frying pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the grated cheese then toss well and serve.


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