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Everything But the Kitchen Sink Pasta

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Pasta

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Pasta is such a great way to stretch a meal. You can get a one-pound box of dried pasta for under a dollar easily if you watch the sales. Add a few veggies, a little meat, and a simple sauce? You can feed a large family for practically pennies. It is an amazing way to use leftovers! This Everything but the Kitchen Sink Pasta recipe is also budget-friendly and along those same lines. This particular recipe is meatless, but you can easily add half a pound of chicken or beef to it.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Pasta

This kitchen sink pasta is SO delicious! You can use any veggie you have on hand and that’s about to go bad. It’s the perfect dish to incorporate any leftover you have in your fridge.

We love to garden and try to make sure that something is ready to harvest at all times. We stagger tomato plants, green beans, lettuce mixes, spinach, and even peas. I could talk to you for hours about gardens but instead will send you over to our sister site: Try To Garden. We not only grow fresh produce to enjoy over the summer but can it and dehydrate it for enjoyment over the fall and winter.

I know I have talked about canning before – we started doing it years ago as Miss Sarah is allergic to most raw fruits and vegetables. Not only does it help save you money when you have initially invested in canning jars and basic equipment, but it is healthier than what you can get at the store. This post can help you out a bit – but keep in mind I get most of my jars on the cheap at either Saint Vinnies (our local chani of thrift stores that donates a lot back to the community) or on Facebook and Freecycle groups. 25 Great Canning Recipes to Save You Money.

Score Free or cheap produce

If you don’t want to have a garden, you can keep an eye on the local Facebook groups and Craigslist FREE groups to see when people are offering free excess produce. I have managed to score rhubarb, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and even zucchini before – as well as apples, pears, and cherries. All I had to do was pick them myself! I have paid it back over the years, like offering up my cherries when I knew we wouldn’t be home to pick them the week they came ripe or pick the apples before they fell. A good idea on when to hit those groups is in this post of ours: A Guide to Picking Fruits This Summer. Regardless, here are 8 Tips For Stretching Your Summer Food Budget.

Let’s get to cooking that kitchen sink pasta!

You will need:

2 Cups pasta
1 Cup tomatoes, chopped
1/2 Onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic clove, minced
1 Cup greens (spinach, kale)
1/2 Cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 Cup zucchini, chopped
3 Cups stock
1/4 Cup heavy cream (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Kitchen Sink Pasta Directions:

Place the pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, greens, mushroom, and zucchini in a large pot. Cover with stock and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Kitchen Sink Pasta ingredients in a pan and ready to cook

Stir the pasta constantly until al dente, around 10 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and mix in heavy cream.

Plate it up and enjoy your meal!

Kitchen Sink Pasta ready to eat on a plate

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