Super Cheap Homemade Casserole Dinner

Let’s say math is not my strong suit, but I’m pretty sure I just made a tastey super cheap casserole for dinner.  I wasn’t setting out to make anything impressive, so I didn’t take pictures of the process, and am too tired to upload the photo of the half eatten dish.  But let me share the ball park figures:

4 italian sausages (part of a bulk package and frozen ahead of time — $2)

3 very big spring onions from farmer’s market ($1.50)

8 ounces of a twisty type pasta ($1?)

1 1/2 cups of homemade chicken stock (basically free as it was made from scraps that would have been thrown away)

1 cup of dehydrated mushrooms, also bought in bulk ($1?)

2 cans of cream of mushroom soup ($2?)

Breadcrumbs that I made from stale bread and froze ahead of time (free, as it would have been tossed)

2 pats of butter (pennies)

nutmeg, paprika to taste

Soak the dehydrated mushrooms in a cup of warm chicken stock.  Cook pasta in water till it’s al dente.

Meanwhile, take the sausages out of the casings and break into bite sized pieces into a large skillet.  Brown the sausage and then remove into casserole dish. (This has the benefit of greasing the pan without using extra butter)   Slice the spring onions thinly and sautee with a pat of butter in the same skillet that the sausage was in so as to pick up its flavor.  Add some worchestershire sauce to taste.  Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock and cook onions till tender.  Add the mushrooms with it’s stock liquid and add the sausage back in.  Add the drained pasta and the cream of mushroom soup.  Add paprika and nutmeg to taste.  Mix all together and turnout to casserole dish. 

Cover with breadcrumbs and break up pat of butter to sprinkle on top. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Then move to broiler to brown the breadcrumbs for the last five minutes.

This would easily serve 4 people and it cost under $8.


1 Comment

  1. Theresa said,

    April 1, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I do something very similar and it’s one of my favorite meals. I use cannelini beans instead of pasta though. Super cheap and delicious comfort food! Yum!

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