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One of the items I’ve learned concerning uptake on a budget is that straightforward recipes win. the fewer ingredients you wish, the fewer ingredients you wish to shop for, which typically helps keep that grocery bill low (not to say, it makes preparation easy). So, once I was designing for the primary week of my September Challenge, my favorite dinner “cheat” formula came to mind. Bowties and Broccoli, FTW.


But simply to be clear, you’ll be able to use any formed alimentary paste. I simply used bowties as a result of “Bowties and Broccoli” is catchy. Anyway…


As I discussed, this is often my favorite substitute for “real” dinner once I’m tired and hungry. I typically have of these ingredients accessible and it solely takes minutes to throw along. Sometimes, I’ll boil additional alimentary paste, freeze the leftovers in single-serving Deepfreeze luggage, then I will simply toss the frozen alimentary paste and broccoli into a bowl and microwave for a second or 2 till hot. Then it’s even quicker than fast! Either method, these few ingredients build AN implausibly tasty, filling, and simple meal on the fly. #winning


The quantities on the formula card below square measure for 6 servings of the Bowties and Broccoli. I typically build one serving at a time. to seek out the quantities for one serving, scroll right down to the step by step photos.



This insanely simple dinner “cheat” is ready in minutes and will keep you full for hours. Bowties and Broccoli is my go-to lazy weeknight dinner.

TOTAL COST: $3.46 recipe / $0.58 serving

AUTHOR: Beth – Budget Bytes

 PREP TIME: 5 mins

 COOK TIME: 10 mins

 TOTAL TIME: 15 mins



  • 12oz pasta ($1.00)
  • 1lb frozen broccoli florets ($1.69)
  • 3Tbsp butter ($0.30)
  • 3Tbsp grated Parmesan ($0.31)
  • Salt to taste($0.05)
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste($0.10)
  • Pinch crushed red pepper (optional)($0.05)


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta. Boil until the pasta is al dente (7-10 minutes). Add the frozen broccoli florets to the boiling pasta water, turn off the heat, and let sit for 1-2 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender-crisp. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander.
  2. Transfer the pasta and broccoli back to the pot (with the heat off) or to a bowl and add the butter. Toss until the butter has melted and coated everything. Add the Parmesan, salt, freshly cracked pepper, and red pepper flakes, then toss to coat again. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve immediately.

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