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120+ Budget Friendly Pasta Recipes

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Simple, classic pasta recipes are always a crowd pleaser and naturally budget friendly. Plus, with so many specialty-diet-friendly pastas on the market today, pasta is even more versatile than ever. Use these easy pasta recipes for quick weeknight dinners and meal prepping! (pictured: Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta)

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Extra Cheesy Homemade Mac and Cheese

$4.19 recipe / $1.05 serving

This incredibly creamy and cheesy homemade mac and cheese is great on its own or a jumping off point for your own customization.

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One Pot Veggie Pasta

$7.99 recipe / $2.00

This one pot veggie pasta is an easy, satisfying, and quick dinner. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand and make it your own!

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One Pot Creamy Mushroom Pasta

$3.74 recipe / $0.94 serving

This creamy mushroom pasta is a rich, umami-filled delight that cooks quickly and easily in one pot. The perfect dinner for busy nights.

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Ranch Broccoli Pasta

$1.71 recipe / $0.43 serving

This Ranch Broccoli Pasta just takes minutes to make and is full of deliciously creamy, tangy, herby ranch flavor!

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Quick Veggie Pasta

$3.61 recipe / $0.90 serving

Use up your leftover odds and ends in the kitchen because “anything goes” with this Quick Veggie Pasta! Make it vegetarian or vegan!

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Green Chile Mac and Cheese

$5.00 recipe / $1.25 serving

Creamy Monterey Jack cheese, tangy diced green chiles, and a little earthy cumin make this green chile mac and cheese anything but ordinary!

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One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

$5.03 recipe / $1.26 serving

Y’all know I love to get creative with flavors, but every once in a while I get in the mood for straight-up American comfort food, like cheeseburgers. When that craving hit this week I…

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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

$8.76 recipe / $1.10 serving

This light and fresh Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is perfect for summer BBQs and potlucks, or your weekly meal prep.

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One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

$5.54 recipe / $1.39 serving

Guess what time it is! Comfort-food-o’clock. And what makes better comfort food than a rich creamy pasta dish, like this One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff? This is yet another “better than the box”…

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Creamy Pesto Mac with Spinach

$3.27 recipe / $0.55 serving

I bought a little jar of pesto recently and have been having fun finding ways to add it to everyday recipes. Yesterday I noticed a half bag of macaroni that had been sitting in my…

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Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

$4.67 recipe / $1.17 serving

This Broccoli Pasta Salad features a tangy homemade vinaigrette, nutty sunflower seeds, and creamy-salty feta.

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Spaghetti with Hidden Vegetable Pasta Sauce

$6.21 recipe / $1.55 serving

This week I had a killer craving for some classic spaghetti and meat sauce. But, as you may know, I like to add vegetables whenever and wherever I can to recipes. So I shredded…

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Lemon Parsley Pasta

$2.81 recipe / $0.70 serving

Lemon Parsley Pasta is bright, garlicky, and full of rich Parmesan flavor. It makes a great side dish or bed for chicken or fish.

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Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sausage

$5.75 recipe / $1.44 serving

A few simple add-ins make this Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sausage a level up from your usual weeknight spaghetti dinner.

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Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen

$0.83 recipe

This Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen is an easy way to upgrade this inexpensive convenience food. It’s super quick, filling, and can be customized a hundred ways.

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Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne

$11.34 recipe / $1.42 serving

This was actually supposed to be a baked ziti, but it turns out ziti is just about impossible to find in grocery stores right now, so I went with a Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne instead….

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Pesto Shrimp Pasta

$$8.07 recipe / $2.02 serving

I’ve been experimenting with shrimp a lot lately. Yes, it can be a little on the expensive side, but if you pair it whith an inexpensive ingredient like pasta, you can really stretch that…

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Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

$5.48 recipe / $1.37 serving

I’m all about the quick skillet meals because, let’s face it, sometimes after a long day of work you don’t really want to cook anything… but you still gotta eat. This super quick Creamy…

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Gochujang Ramen with Tofu

$2.26 recipe / $1.13 serving

I love good quality food, but I also have a small place in my heart reserved for convenience foods like instant ramen or frozen pizzas. I don’t indulge in them often, and when I…

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Summer Sweet Corn Salad

$7.67 recipe / $0.96 serving

Fresh sweet corn is one of my favorite things about summer. It’s so sweet and juicy when it’s fresh, and the smell of the husks as you peel them back from the cob brings…

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