The Fifteen Cent, Fifteen Minute Dinner for Two

Don’t feel like making dinner tonight—and don’t feel like getting takeout, either? Tonight I made dinner for two with fifteen cents’ worth of macaroni and some key ingredients from my garden. (Let’s conveniently forget the two-hundred-something dollars I spent on gardening supplies last spring and assume that that the tomatoes and basil were free.)

macaroni and tomatoes recipe

 Macaroni and Tomatoes for Two

4 oz. small macaroni
two ripe tomatoes, chopped (I used one red and one golden tomato)
a handful of basil, chopped
one clove of garlic, minced
olive oil (a couple tablespoons)

1. Make the macaroni according to package directions.
2. Chop everything up and put it in a cereal bowl.
3. When the macaroni is cooked, drain it and mix it with the sauce. Then divide into two bowls (one of which was used to hold the sauce). Top with parmesan if desired, and enjoy your 7.5 cent dinner!

Note: Okay, I just realized I didn’t calculate the cost of two tablespoons of olive oil and a clove of garlic. If someone can do the math for me, I’ll add that to my total expenses.

This post is a part of Works for Me Wednesday. For more WFMW ideas, head on over to We are THAT Family.


  1. Looks delicious.
    I think my kids would revolt by using macaroni with out the cheese. I would have to use a different kind of pasta for just that reason.

  2. Staci, you’ll notice I didn’t say my daughter ate this! I used macaroni because I had it around, but of course you could use any pasta. I have noticed that macaroni is cheaper than the other types for some reason.

  3. That looks simple and sooooo delicious!

  4. that looks really good. i think ima try that for dinner tomarrow.

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