During the season of Lent, I’m going to focus on meatless meals. Typically they are cheaper, but ones made with cheese can sometimes be just as expensive as a meal made with meat.
Raviolis and Spaghetti Sauce
Serving a family of 6
2 packages of raviolis (3.5 servings/package) – $2.58
1 cup of Ragu Spaghetti sauce – $.22
1/8 cup of shredded parmesan cheese – $.125
Total Cost: $2.925
The amount of shredded parmesan cheese is estimated since we usually sprinkle over top of the sauce without measuring.
In the past, because we make our own, we did not buy spaghetti sauce. However, I’m finding that if I combine coupons with sales, I can buy sauce at rock-bottom prices. We’ll continue to make our own sauce, but having ready-made sauce in the pantry can be a life saver. I’ve also started setting the canned sauce aside for our parish’s monthly food collection since I can find more deals for sauce than the cereal I usually see in the bags at church.