Spaghetti Dinner Recipes

November 5, 2010

Spaghetti DinnerLast winter, when things were REALLY tough for my husband (he is a self employed craftsman). We were watching every penny, literally! This was a recipe I came up with one night when the cupboard was particularly bare. He loved it and so did I! We have enjoyed it several times since, even though business has improved a bit. Hope it helps any of you who are in a tight corner. Enjoy!



Total for spaghetti = 66 cents! Total for veggies = 34 cents!

Total for dinner for two= ONE DOLLAR!


Saute very thinly sliced onions until just BEFORE they brown, just a few crispy edges is good. I use olive oil, which I can get wholesale, but any good vegetable oil or even butter will do.

In a separate pan, lightly saute the veggies, or you can steam them or microwave them to a crisp/tender stage.

Prepare broken up spaghetti as box directs.


When pasta is done, drain and immediately break 1 egg into it, stirring quickly to coat the spaghetti. The heat of the pasta and the pan cooks the egg. Do not do this over heat!

Add the cheese and stir again, making sure that all is well mixed.

Add milk and give a quick stir (milk will absorb and make a nice coating).

Put pasta on plate and lightly heap sauteed onions on top. Put vegetables on plate next to pasta.

A few grinds of black pepper and maybe a little more cheese sprinkled on and you are ready to enjoy.

(This recipe doubles and triples well, can be amended to include bits of cooked meats, fish or veggies, in other words, LEFTOVERS! LOL I have even served it to guests - they loved it))

Dinner for a Dollar! Who can beat that?

Servings: 2
Time:10 Minutes Preparation Time
10-15 Minutes Cooking Time

By Laura from At the Beach, NJ

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October 30, 2012

This is a new family favorite! Very, very good recipe from my friend, Theresa!

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April 29, 2010

Cheap and easy meal. In a sauce pan melt butter and saute onions,garlic or add garlic powder. Once onions are soft (NOT brown) add tomato paste and sugar combine well and let simmer softly.

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January 7, 2021

This is a family favorite, but I don't know why it's called Irish Italian Spaghetti. It's not your regular spaghetti sauce, creamy and with a touch of spice.

A dish of Irish Italian spaghetti.

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April 24, 2020

Serve spaghetti noodles with your favorite shellfish for an elegant dinner. The cockles, mussels or other shellfish are cooked in white wine and garlic.

Spaghetti alle Cockle on plate

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November 4, 2010

Boil up some spaghetti, whilst boiling, fry some chopped garlic in olive oil do not let it colour, beat up some eggs.

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April 29, 2010

Cook ground beef and onion together; drain off fat and set aside. Mix remaining ingredients together (except spaghetti).

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July 8, 2009

Heat water and salt to boiling. Add broke up spaghetti. Cook slowly until spaghetti is tender.

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July 8, 2009

Fry hamburger. Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onions. When browned add flour, tomato juice and brown sugar. Simmer for 1 hour. pour over cooked spaghetti.

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