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Old 11-06-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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thrifty sauce recipes please?

I have a lot of pasta I need to use up......can anyone share some thrifty sauce recipes?

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Re: thrifty sauce recipes please?

Are you looking just for red sauce type recipes or other types too?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:55 PM   #3
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Re: thrifty sauce recipes please?

I just mentioned this on another thread. It's not really a sauce, per se, but it's SO good! We usually have this every week!

Spaghetti aglio, olio, e peperoncino -- or spaghetti with garlic, oil, and chili pepper flakes. You can do it without the chili pepper flakes if you don't want it spicy. It's amazing, easy, and cheap! And very traditional in Italy.

Seriously, spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper...and the optional chili flakes.

SO flavorful!

http://www.yumsugar.com/Spaghetti-Ga...lakes-21398824

Also, you can make a roux for easy mac and cheese.

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 cup cheese (the sharper the better -- you need less because it's so rich)

Melt the butter, then whisk in the flour. Slowly add the milk little by little, like 1/4 or 1/3 at a time. It will thicken nicely. Then add the cheese. Yummy cheese sauce!
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Are you looking just for red sauce type recipes or other types too?
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Re: thrifty sauce recipes please?

We do chicken and noodles here.

6 Tbs. butter
6 Tbs. flour
1/2 - 1 tsp. salt
3 cups chicken broth

Melt butter and whisk in flour. Let it cook a little to brown. Add salt and broth. Still until thickened. Add small pieces of cut up chicken (we don't use much, maybe 1/2 a breast or a thigh). Pour over cooked noodles and serve. You can do the same with beef broth and chunks of roast for a beef and noodles version.

Alfredo

6 Tbs. butter
6 Tbs. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 8 oz. bar cream cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Do the same as above except stir in the cream cheese and parm. Serve over fettucine or other favorite noodle. You can add chicken or shrimp if you want to get fancy.
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Guiltless Alfredo Sauce! Love it!
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Re: thrifty sauce recipes please?

We do alfredo with butter, heavy cream, and parmesan. Not totally thrifty but it is different than red sauce.

Also, you can use italian dressing on pasta and add in some veggies and possibly pepperoni. This is best cold.

We also do cold peanut butter noodles. The recipe for the sauce is below but we use cheaper ingredients if we dont have the actual ones. My little ones love this one the best.

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (used tamari )
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (used apple cider vinegar)
3 tablespoons sesame oil (used regular oil)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4-1/2 teaspoon hot sauce or red pepper flakes (have done either or both)

I follow this basic recipe then taste and add more stuff if I think I need it that day.

I have also done noodles with butter or olive oil, garlic, carrot shreds and a bit of grated cheese on top.
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Re: thrifty sauce recipes please?

A container of allouette cheese with a little butter or olive oil to smooth it out. It tastes like you spent a lot of time on the sauce. I always get asked for the recipe. The Phildelphia flavored cream cheese works as well. I get them when they are buy one get one.

A can of diced tomatoes stirred into cooked pasta (I use the Italian seasoned ones) add a carton of sour cream. It makes a nice light sauce. I sometimes add spinach and shredded cheddar cheese as well.
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We do (well DH does) peanut noodles too, and DD devours them!

Carbonara:
Dice a couple slices bacon and brown, drain the pieces BUT
Beat a couple eggs in a bowl and add shredded/grated parm, then whisk in the hot bacon grease. Immediately dump over pasta and stir. Put the pieces of bacon on top. The heat from the grease and noodles kind of cooks the eggs. I like to add sone black pepper. You can also add peas and or ham if you have them.
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Re: thrifty sauce recipes please?

Pesto can be made pretty cheap, if you think outside the box! We make ours with things like radish greens, turnips greens, etc (I don't suggest beet greens though... didn't turn out well for us, lol).

We use evoo, almonds in place of pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper, and I throw in some nutritional yeast since we can't do dairy. It's super yum and doesn't cost us much!
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