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Sunday, 1 May 2011

The £20.00 Challenge: Meal 1

So, can I create five meals for four people for less than £20.00?

Well lets see what happens with the first meal. The supermarket version is Turkey and Bean Pasta and this is my vegetarian version.

Mushroom and Bean Pasta (for 4)

Ingredients Qty
Carrots 220g
Mushrooms 200g
Onions 1
Red Kidney Beans 420g
Tin Tomatoes 400g
Pasta Shapes 350g
Stock Cubes 1
Clove of Garlic 1
Oil 15ml
Pinch of Chilli 1g
Dried Herbs 10g

Heat the oil in a large pan. Add in the onion and garlic and fry for 5 mins. Next, add the chopped carrots and a tiny pinch of chilli, the herbs and the finely chopped mushrooms.

Drain the Kidney Beans and throw them in with the tomatoes and the stock cube crumbled into 300mls of warm water.

Boil it all for 5 minutes and then let it simmer for 15 minutes while you are doing the pasta in a separate pan.

When the pasta is ready, drain it and drop it into the sauce and stir well. Serve in bowls.

Simple, yummy and cheap. Total cost of the ingredients (mostly bought locally): £1.26.

One nil to me!