You know what I never seem to have enough of? Time!
You know what I’ve got plenty of? Picky kids!
We never seem to have a lot of time between work/school, and practices, meetings, classes, groups or commitments of some flavor. I need stuff I can do for dinner that’s hot, hearty, and feeds a crowd on a budget.
I picked up dinner for the five of us, with plenty of leftovers, for about $20. That’s under $4 a serving. Dollar menu, eat your heart out!
Start with some basic ingredients: hamburger, sausage, onions/green pepper, cans of tomatoes, and some garlic, salt/pepper, and crushed red pepper.
Chop everything up, dump everything but the tomatoes into a pan, and brown it up – takes minutes. When you’ve drained off half of the fat, add the tomatoes and simmer for the time it takes to boil pasta. Voila! It literally doesn’t get much easier than this.
It’s nothing fancy, and Jake only eats the noodles, but it’s got a little something for everyone else. Add $3 worth of garlic bread and you can be sitting pretty, feeling awful fancy.
Question: If you didn’t have my houseful of picky kids, what would you add?
BigCalfGuy’s Wicked Easy Weeknight Chop Suey
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||30 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
- 1lb hamburger
- 1lb hot sausage (cut into bite-sized pieces)
- 1 Large green pepper (cut in big chunks)
- 2 Medium onions (cut in big chunks)
- 1 heaped teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper
- 1lb pasta (whatever you wish)
- 1 bag parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 28oz diced tomatoess ((a large can))
- 29oz stewed tomatoes ((two regular cans))
|Cut the veggies into big chunks. The chunkier the better. Cut the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Add veggies, meat, and garlic to deep skillet and cook over medium heat. At the same time, start the water boiling for the pasta.|
|Once the meat is brown and the veggies happy, drain off about half of the fat. It should be about time to add the pasta to the boiling water.|
|Add the cans of tomatoes, complete with their juices. Turn the mix down to simmer.|
|By the time the pasta's done, so is the meal. You can serve separately, or toss together before presenting the dish at the table.|
|Garnish with the crushed red pepper, and/or the parmesan cheese.|