Budget Meal: Pasta with Turkey and Fresh Tomato Sauce


Servings: 6
Cost per meal: $9.17
Cost per serving: $1.53
Prep time: 30 minutes
Estimated Calories: 400 

This pasta dish is a quick meal for almost any night of the week. It also gives you a lot of food, so the leftovers will last you for awhile! For all of you vegetarians out there- this is a really easy dish to make meatless (see the Martha Stewart recipe where this is adapted from) without losing much of the meal.



  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 1 tablespoon (2 cloves) garlic, chopped
  • 2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes (preferably plum)
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 box of thin whole wheat spaghetti
  • Cooking spray
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

1.Finely chop tomatoes, basil, and garlic.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and put a skillet (sprayed with cooking oil) on high heat.

3. Combine turkey, italian seasoning, olive oil, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

4. With your newly-washed hands, add pasta to water and cook for 7-10 minutes (until al dente).

5. Add meat to skillet and chop up into little chunks. After 5 minutes of cooking, add tomatoes, basil, and garlic to the mix, stirring occasionally.


6. After about 10 minutes of cooking, bring the skillet heat down to low so that the sauce simmers. Drain the pasta.

7. Combine pasta with sauce and stir together.

8. Serve with parmesan cheese, if desired.


I also cooked some broccoli to go along with this dish and to help get some more vegetable servings. Enjoy!

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