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!