The Cheap Dish
Thin Spaghetti with Pink Sauce - $8.26

My roomie and I stumbled upon an amazing little Italian hideaway, Fritto Misto, located on Colorado Avenue and 6th Street in Santa Monica. Because the meal was so amazing (and cheap!) we tried to recreate it at home.

For this recipe you will need:

  1. Thin Spaghetti Pasta (or pasta of your choice) - $.99
  2. Plain Marinara Sauce (8oz.) - $.79
  3. Tomato Paste (6oz.) - $.50
  4. Heavy Cream (pint) - $2.99    
  5. Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded - $2.99
  6. Olive Oil - Staple

We spiced our sauce with:

  1. Italian Seasoning
  2. Onion Powder
  3. Garlic Salt

I was pretty sure we could make it without a recipe, but, for safety’s sake, we went online to find a simple recipe just to make sure we had everything we needed. We followed it very loosely. No pepper flakes or vodka was harmed in the making of this meal.

To begin, boil the water for pasta. I used a dutch oven and filled it about half way with water, and put a cap full of olive oil in so the pasta wouldn’t stick together. In about 10 minutes, you will begin your sauce. In the meantime, maybe you should do some of those dishes in the sink?

To make your sauce, begin with the marinara sauce and spice it to your taste. Then, add in half the can of tomato paste, or the whole can if you like your sauce thick. Once this is heated through, add in 1/3 cup of Heavy Cream and stir continuously. We like cheese in our apartment, so once the sauce began to simmer we added a handful of shredded Mozzarella cheese.

At some point while you are making the sauce, the water begins to boil. Make sure you stop and stir in your pasta.

The sauce is heating nicely, the pasta is boiling and you’re stirring occasionally. Once your pasta is done (usually takes about 10 minutes depending on what kind), the sauce should be warm enough. Feeds 2 people or 4 if you want to have some guests over for a homey Italian meal.

You will have plenty of leftovers for dinner the next night too. I also have enough heavy cream to try out a Basil Cream sauce with Fettuccine recipe I found this week.

Happy eating!