Cheapest Pasta Ever

BY : PUBLISHED : December 3rd, 2013 UPDATED: February 4th, 2022

I threw together this pasta for the Plant Based on a Budget Challenge meal plan for one, week one and it seemed to be well-received, so I thought I'd create a recipe page for it. If you buy the pasta in bulk, this meal is incredibly inexpensive and super quick to make. You can throw whatever veggies you have, I just happened to have broccoli on the meal plan grocery shopping list.

The cheapest veggie pasta (and delicious!) in a bowl with a fork.

Photo by Laura Yasinitsky

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Cheapest Pasta Ever

Toni Okamoto
Pasta is cheap and easy to buy in bulk, and you can use whatever veggies are on hand or on sale to make this fast meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 servings
Calories 659 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 1 box of pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon of oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ of a yellow onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cups of broccoli, chopped
  • 15 ounces of tomato sauce
  • Italian spices of your choice (I chose: 1 tbs oregano, ½ tbs parsley, ½ tbs basi)


  • Cook pasta following box instructions.
  • Saute onions and garlic in oil, add broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add sauce, spices and pasta and mix thoroughly.


This is one of the best meals to use to teach kids to cook.


Calories: 659kcalCarbohydrates: 125gProtein: 23gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 768mgPotassium: 986mgFiber: 8gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 898IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 4mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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