This is one of our favorite cheap, easy, go-to meals during the week!

Feel free to play around with the ingredients to suit your family’s taste:

  • 10-15 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cp. chopped bell peppers (green bell peppers are usually the cheapest, unless you grow your own!)
  • 2 cloves or garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz your favorite sausage, sliced (we use a spicy chicken and green pepper sausage)
  • 1/4 cp. chopped parsley (very inexpensive, but also very easy to grow!)
  • 10 oz. rigatoni pasta
  • 1/4 low sodium veggie or chicken stock (we use homemade veggie stock)
  • Salt & pepper
1) Preheat your oven to 375.  In a small bowl, add cherry tomatoes, 1 tsp olive oil, and salt and pepper.  Toss to coat.  Pour tomatoes out onto a baking sheet and roast them for 8-10 minutes.
2) Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the rigatoni, cook following box directions.
3) Heat the remaining 2 tsp olive oil in a sautee pan over medium heat.  Sautee the sausage for 1-2 minutes or until cooked through.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Add the garlic, bell peppers, and roasted tomatoes and sautee for 3-4 minutes.
4) Add the veggie/chicken stock and simmer 3-4 minutes.  Add the sausage and parsley.  Toss in cooked rigatoni, and season with salt and pepper.
This meal goes great with the bread recipe!
Total cost of this meal is approximately $10 retail for 4 servings.  When you purchase ingredients with coupons, and grow what you can, it means lower costs to feed your family!
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