Saturday, February 5, 2011

Simple Aldi Recipes: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce with Homemade Bread: (Cost $1.80) - 3-in-1 Meal (The 15 Minute meal)

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce with homemade bread is a part of my easy 3 in 1 meal, and it often saves me on the busy days, where I come home late and have been walking 5+ miles. Because the meat sauce has already been made, and the dough has already been prepped, it takes me less than fifteen minutes to get a nutritious, fulfilling homemade meal on the table.

Make sure to check the recipe for day 1 for the start of this cheap meal. 

The 3 in 1 Easy Meal

Day 1 - Plenty of time (2 hour cook/prep time)
Pizza Bolognese

Day 2 - 15 minute cook time
Spaghetti and meat sauce with homemade bread

Day 3 - 15 minute cook time
Vegetarian pizza with kitchen leftovers

Homemade bread: 
  1. Take out one of the dough balls from the fridge, add some flour to a kitchen surface and knead out the dough, roll it into one long roll.
  2. In a small bowl mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with a little paprika, oregano and basil. Brush it on top of the dough roll. 
  3. Put the bread in the oven at 400 degrees F for 10 - 12 minutes.

  1. Boil water in a large pot
  2. Add salt and 1/2 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  3. When water is boiling add your spaghetti (cooking time vary from pasta to pasta check the box)
  4. After two minutes use a fork to separate the spaghetti

The Meat Sauce
(Use the leftover meat sauce from the Bolognese Recipe)

Reheat the meat sauce in a pot, add 1/2 - 1 cup of water when reheating.

Once the bread is ready, you can start serving as meat sauce and pasta will be ready as well.

Aldi Recipes: Spaghetti and Meatsauce with homemade bread

Cost for 3 Meals:
Spices and olive oil from the pantry/garden. ($1.09 for spices at Aldi)
Used vegetable scraps for meat sauce and for veggie pizza.

5 lb flour bought on sale a Target for $1.49. Aldi price $1.49 (Used 1/3) = $0.50
1 dozen eggs at Aldi $0.99 (Used 1) = $0.10
3 Pack yeasts $1.49 at Publix - $0.55 Coupon = $0.94 (Used 1 packet) = $0.31
2 x Small Tomato Sauce at Aldi $0.50
Ground beef at Target on sale at $1.99/lb - Aldi price: $1.99/lb
3 lb onion at bought on sale at Aldi at $0.99 used 1 onion = $0.10
1 box of whole wheat spaghetti at Aldi $0.89
1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese bought on sale with coupons at Publix $1

Total cost for three meals: $5.39 ($1.80 per meal for a family of 5)
(If you feel as if you need more meat or cheese, it will not add much more to the overall cost of the meal)

Check out more easy and cheap Aldi recipes.


  1. This is exactly what we had for supper tonight :-).

  2. I recently found the pasta side dishes (like the lipton Knorr sides) for $0.59 at my aldi. I just tried a lunch recipe that I came up with in college: Use chicken flavor noodles, cook as directed, and add tuna and frozen veggies. I usually put mixed veggies, but i was out so i just did corn. Very tasty! Fed me and both girls for well under $1. I think I had gotten the tuna for free ;)

  3. Yum, sounds delicious! I'm new to your site and lovin' it already.