Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Pauper's Pasta

...because some days, you just cannot be arsed.

I'm sick this week. My Anthony brought flu from Telford. Not even good Brummie germs, grumblegrumble.

So, anyway, I cannot be arsed to do anything that involves any of that fancy cookin' or whatnot. That said, I don't feel like living on crisps and bananas either, so I had the brainwave of inventing this. Quick and easy, tasty, tomato pasta (my go-to lazy pasta dish used to be pasta with melted cheese; this is better).

As a bonus, all of the ingredients are easy to carry and store, so I'll be eating this a lot while volunteering with Crisis at Christmas.


  • 75g Spaghetti (Tesco Value, 18p for 500g) - 3p
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Olive Oil (Tesco Olice Oil, £1.84 for 500ml) - 1p
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Tomato Puree (49p for 200g, Tesco) - 2p
  • 1 Tablespoon of Garlic Italian Spice (Scwartz Garlic Italian Sauce Seasoning, £1.65 for 43g) - 20p

Total - 26p for one person, or 52p for two people.

  1. Snap the spaghetti in half. Leave it in a saucepan of water, on medium heat, for about 15 minutes.
  2. Mix everything else in.


  • Most of a packet of spaghetti.
  • Most of a tube of tomato puree.
  • Most of a bottle of olive oil.
  • Most of a bottle of Garlic Italian seasoning.

Make it Cheaper/Better

Make garlic bread by mixing some non-dairy margarine with garlic powder and dried parsley.  Spread it on any kind of bread you have lying around, and grill till melty.
Chop up a cooked vegan sausage, and throw that in there for protein.
Add some chopped tomato.
Roast a tin of chickpeas in soy sauce, and throw them in there.
Add some freshly ground sea salt.

No pictures.  Fever says use your imagination.  Going back to my cave of sickness now.

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