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National Spaghetti Day – Fork Over a Frugal Meal

It’s a favorite meal of many – everyone loves spaghetti meals on a budget. Every country across the world makes some sort of noodle for dinner. Let’s face it, combining flour and water and stretching it into a satisfying meal is economical and keeps the kids entertained at dinner. National Spaghetti Day is January 4th of this year – so be sure to celebrate by including this versatile pasta into your menu.





“On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese.”

That old children’s tune, On Top of Spaghetti, is just one song that includes the word “spaghetti” in its lyrics. Cyndi Lauper,  Ella Fitzgerald, Guns ‘N Roses and even Eminem made music about the thin string of pasta.

We relate it to Italy, but there are still questions surrounding its origins. Some believe Marco Polo brought the pasta back to Europe from China. But recently, evidence has emerged that it may be a Sicilian invention. A 12th century book called Book of Roger briefly reports of a village in Sicily that manufactured large amounts of a thin, string-like food made from hard-wheat pasta and water called itrya.  This pasta, probably today’s vermicelli (meaning “little worms” in Italian), could have been the first mass production of pasta in the world. Since then, spaghetti has become well-known around the world. The name spaghetti is an Italian word that means “little twines.”

Spaghetti is quite simply made from flour (usually semolina flour) and water. No eggs are in true spaghetti – however, other noodles might contain eggs. Over the years, variations have become popular, including spaghetti made from corn, soy, or bean starch.

National Spaghetti Day is on January 4th. Celebrate by starting off the new budget in the right way! Spaghetti can be a meal on its own – just add olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper! But if you prefer a few more ingredients, we’ve found these frugal spaghetti recipes for you. Hover over the headings for the recipes:




Spaghetti and Marinara Sauce

We love this simple marinara recipe from Olivia at Oliva’s Cuisine. It’s quick and easy, meatless, and can easily stretch that January food budget .

 

Filipino Spaghetti

Not really spaghetti meals on a budget, as it requires some special ingredients. But it does flavor up the pasta in a new way, using banana ketchup (what is this?) and hot dogs. Thanks to Allrecipes.com for this recipe.

 

Kung Pao Spaghetti

Again, this recipe from Delish.com uses some ingredients that may or may not be in your pantry. But it is fun to say – the kids will love it – and delicious. You could easily substitute some of the ingredients, like apple cider vinegar for rice vinegar. Or you could leave out the peanuts, to accommodate food sensitivities.

 

One-Pot Spaghetti

Here’s one from Gina Homolka at Skinny Taste.com. Ground beef (or ground chicken), parmesan cheese, crushed tomatoes, and other ingredients all in one pot. Easy peasy.

 

You say you don’t have time for these? Or you are really working hard to balance a squeaky budget? Go for the simpler spaghetti meals on a budget. Top a pile of spaghetti with butter, Parmesan cheese or your personal favorite shredded cheese, salt and pepper. No one will complain. They will be too busy spinning the pasta on their forks.

Feature photo by andibreit of PixaBay




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