More pasta?

United States
January 7, 2011 10:57am CST
I have been making pasta with speghetti sauce every day. I simply love it. And I buy whole wheat pasta so it's a healty bread alternative for me. I'm really watching my pennies and this is a pretty cheap meal as I can make the sauce and a box of the pasta last for three or four meals...but I would like some more ideas on what I can do. I think I can put cheese on the noodles...and I can use plain ole stewed tomatoes... any more easy - and cheap but healthy ideas?
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@peavey (16306)
• United States
7 Jan 11
If you want healthy but cheap, try tossing cooked spaghetti with oil (olive oil preferably) and just chunking a little cheese into that, along with whatever you have on hand that would go with it. Fresh vegetables, cooked vegetables, seeds or nuts of almost any kind. Spaghetti sauce can be used to make a sort of pizza, too, if you spread it on bread and put cheese and whatever you might have, on it. I'm not sure that eating spaghetti every day is healthy, though, no matter if it's whole wheat or not. You need a bigger variety of food.
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• United States
7 Jan 11
WEll I don't eat ONLY speghetti! For breakfast i eat either oatmeal or eggs. And I make those very healthy dishes as well. Then there's always supper too! Tonight I am making some chili beans and slicing some avacado on it! I am looking forward to it!!
@peavey (16306)
• United States
8 Jan 11
Well, YOU said "I have been making pasta with speghetti sauce every day" so how else am I supposed to know? LOL
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• United States
8 Jan 11
lol! I have been eating it every day -- but only at one meal! lol!
• United States
8 Jan 11
I got a book from amazon called this food or that and it gives you suggestions on which foods are better for you than others. It says that the best spaghetti sauce to buy is ragu or classico as far as health benefits. Prego has three times the sugar of these. As far as the wheat pasta, the brand to avoid is barilla it has many more calories than the others- unless of course, you are underweight and trying to gain weight. You might be able to find this book at your local library. I found it very informative. Most people think all pasta is the same but they are different nutritionally.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
I think I bought ragu this time. It is less expensive than most. I haven't heard of barilla, but I will read the labels a little more carefully! thanks!
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Jan 11
oh do try barilla as it has whole grain and protein a nd its utterly delicious with their own sauce and its usually on sale in most good grocery stores you will love it and no it does not have nmore calories as it has added protein and the flavor is so good. I really like it as it does not raise my blood glucose like some of the others do. whole grain pasta is much better for you I really disagree about barilla aS A diabetic I have to eat the most nutritious food I can find at as low a price that I can find. and I did not find Barelli high in calories at all.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I would love to eat pasta every day. The problem is my kids wouldn't want to eat it that often and they don't like the whole wheat kind. You could just cook your pasta and drizzle some olive oil on top and maybe garlic or onions and then some fresh parmesan.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
That sounds good. I don't notice a lot of difference in the whole wheat kinds anyway... but I've been eating it for a long time now too!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I think the wheat pasta has a nutier taste to it. I still like it though.
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
7 Jan 11
I make pesto for the whole year and freeze it in plastic bags. It is just basil leaves, garlic, olive oil and the blender. You use small amounts top put over the pasta (or mix after you cook it) and if you don´t have basil you can try with parsil.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
That sounds great! I'll have to try it.Thanks!
@marguicha (90406)
• Chile
8 Jan 11
It´s yummy AND cheap!
• United States
17 Jan 11
I love spaghetti - I could eat it every day too! For a nice variety, I might use spinach linguine noodles. They're incredibly tasty and unique. I toss them in a tiny bit of olive oil and sea salt, then add sauteed onions, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms. I squish the tomatoes a little to make it juicier. I usually use paprika, a little cumin, thyme and oregano. Delicious!
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• United States
17 Jan 11
mmm.. Now that sounds delicious!! I may be trying this one!
@reco13 (605)
• Philippines
9 Jan 11
We love the same food. I also love spaghetti and it's almost always one of our dishes. I also love dining out spaghetti from fastfood chains. I simply like the taste of tomato sauce and cheese together. I am fond of pastas but I like spaghetti the most. I will surely cook spaghetti one of these days. Thanks for the discussion...
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• United States
9 Jan 11
Yeah, the blend of tomato sauce and cheese is wonderful! WHen I eat here by myself, I lick the bowl clean! lol!
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
8 Jan 11
If you want more ideas about using pasta, I have one. I've made spaghetti, then cooled it off and tossed it with (low fat or fat-free) Italian salad dressing. Delicious! I've also added other cold veggies like onions, diced tomatoes and bell peppers. You could also add any kind of meat you'd like to it. I like to add chicken occasionally... cold, diced chicken. It's a great meal when it's hot outside or if you just want a change from something hot. Here's to healthy eating!
• United States
9 Jan 11
That sounds really good! I may try that next summer for sure! Thanks! I think I've seen some dishes like this at restraunts but never thought of experimenting with it myself!
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
8 Jan 11
Here are two suggestions that I make with pasta. These two dishes are very easy to make and are a sure hit with family and friends. You can make a stir-fry pasta version. This is how I do it. You can use frozen peas, corn and carrots. Saute these in a little butter with onions. Add some diced chicken, season to taste and then toss with pasta. You can add a little grated cheese on top if you want. Then I also have the creamy tuna pasta version. I would saute garlic, onions and frozen peas, corn and carrots. Then add canned tuna, drained from its brine. Then add cream and season to taste and toss with pasta noodles.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
I'll have to try the stir fry. I don't usually have any cream to try the other though! Tahnks for the suggestions!
@shuley (369)
8 Jan 11
I rarely make spaghetti but when I cook spaghetti I put spaghetti sauce, lots of carrots so that my kids won't notice they are already eating carrots, ground pork or ground beef, hotdogs, cheese and milk.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
I used to eat meat in my spaghetti but I don't eat a lot of meat anymore. Although my daughter did make some chicken spaghetti one night and I enjoyed that!
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Jan 11
hi macdingolinger I love pasta too and had often cooked it for myself and I used Bertollis spaghetti plus with whole wheat and protein added and omega oils too. simply delicious if you cook it al dente and not overcook it. try putting left over chili and mac and cheese together for a delicious new combo. and do not forget macaroni and real cheese, cheddar sharp is my favortie. I am now stuck in this retirement center so I do not get to cook any more.try seafood like tuna with macaroni or spaghetti as its really so good. I know shrimp are not cheap but just buy a few large ones and put with pastas so good.Cheese is always good with any kind of pasta. also put oriental style veggies with noodles and soy sauce for a japanese style dish frozen mixed veggies are not that expensive and go well with most kinds of pasta and put in a little tuna and its really very good.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
I like sharp cheddar too. And I really like all cheese! I dont' know about purchasing shrimp though! It's pretty expensive. Maybe one time when I want to celebrate something I'll pick up some! Thanks!
@louievill (18113)
• Philippines
8 Jan 11
You might want to try sea food pasta, here we use the San Marino brand of canned tuna when we decide to have seafood pasta instead of the ground beef or meat ball style
• United States
8 Jan 11
Hm... I used to make tuna casserole when my kids were little and lived at home. But I used some cream of mushroom soup with it I don't have any of that -- but I bet I could just putsome tuna in it.. I'll have to try some experiements!
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I too am cooking more pasta this winter. Mainly because it is cheaper to make and money is tighter this year. I saute 1 clove of garlic in about an 1/8 cup of olive oil. When the clove gets alittle golden I take it out of the oil. I boil my spaghetti and drain when done but save alittle of the water to be used with the oil. I mix aittle of the water in with the oil and then throw in the bowl with the pasta and coat well. You do not want it soupy just coated. then I serve it with grated cheese and ground pepper. We love it.
• United States
8 Jan 11
mmm! Sounds yummy!! I'm going to have to try that!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
7 Jan 11
It's a shame we wern't born rich instead of so pretty, lol. I love pasta most anyway. I would get tired of eating the same thing every day no matter how much i like it. I like macaroni salad, also macaroni & tomatoes.I always put pasta in my soup usually egg noodles. I have been eating soup all week. It's hard to cook for one & not have leftovers. Happy weekend to u.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
I put pasta in my soups too. But it took me awhile to figure out just how to do it right! I kept making mush! Finally I figured it goes in the last few minutes before eating!!
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Well, there's different kinds of pasta sauce. There's alfredo sauce, that's always really good. You can toss your pasta with some olive oil and add some basil leaves and grape tomatoes. You can even add small bite sized chunks of cooked chicken for protein to the pasta. My husband likes to make boxed or canned chicken noodle soup and add pasta to the soup.
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• United States
7 Jan 11
Great ideas! I really want to try the olive oil and tomatoes! That may be my first next expiriment!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
7 Jan 11
Sometimes I cut up veggies like carrots or mushrooms and mix them in with the tomato sauce. It gives it more texture and flavour. It's nice for variety.
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• United States
7 Jan 11
Yeah, I used to put lots of extra onions and garlic in my sauce. I usually buy the chunky sauce now too. I like it lots better.
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
7 Jan 11
I think it will good to eat some fried eggs with milk in the morning in such a cold winter. I like the noodles, they are cheap and easy to cook. I think they are the fastest food available. I don't have knowledge about the pasta because in my place people use "Paranthah" in the morning but it not a fast food.
• United States
7 Jan 11
Noodles and/or pasta are what I use most of the time. I am game for trying new things though too! I keep lots of pasta and beans on hand since they are pretty inexpensive and go with so many different things - and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
7 Jan 11
I love this pasta dish that I found online. You put about two tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pay add cut up greenpepper, tomatoes, and garlic. Saute all three and add if you wish hot pepper flakes to your liking. Add some salt and pepper also to your liking. Now the recipe says to add 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs. (However, I add that after I added this mixture to the pasta). You cook this mixture till the greenpeppers are to your liking and add it to your hot pasta. Then I sprinkle some breadcrumbs over it. I found this dish to be delicious and cheap to. I also like to make elbow macaroni and just add a can of diced tomatoes from a can. I eat this with a salad or just a slice of rye bread. Another cheap meal but I love it all the same.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
7 Jan 11
The second recipe I forgot I also add plenty of black pepper to it.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
Thanks for the ideas - sounds great!!
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
8 Jan 11
Let me know if you decide to try them and if you like it or not. Take care and enjoy!