Feed A Crowd For Under $5

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Feed A Crowd For Under $5

Company is coming, how do you feed them on a budget?  How To Feed A Crowd For Under $5.

This has been my go to casserole for years and I thought everyone in the world made a version of it.  However when I took it to a Church Potluck recently, there were several young ladies that asked me for the recipe.  Since we are all trying to stretch our budget and still have something nourishing to feed our families, I thought I would post the recipe here just in case it's not already one of your staple recipes.
All kids and big kids alike usually like macaroni and cheese, and this is so similar, except it has meat in it.

1 lb. ground chuck crumbled and browned.
1 med. onion diced and cooked with the meat the last few minutes to infuse the flavor and soften the onion.
Sprinkle both generously with garlic salt while cooking.
1 pkg. elbow macaroni cooked and drained
2 Sm. cans tomato sauce
1/2 can water
3/4 pkg shredded cheese.  I always use the 3 cheese variety.

1. Cook the macaroni in boiling water while you brown the meat and onion in a skillet.
2.  Drain the macaroni well, then add the meat mixture. 
3. Stir in the tomato sauce and water.  Mix it all together well. 
4. Place into large casserole dish and cover with the cheese. 
5. Cover with foil (be sure to spray your foil with Pam or some kind of non stick spray so it won't stick to the cheese when baking.)

6. Place in a 350 oven and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.  When you can see the bottom all bubbly and you are sure it has been heated all the way through and the cheese is melted and all gooey, then you are done.

  Makes 8 generous servings.  I usually fix some garlic bread and a tossed salad to go with it.

 All ready to add a little salad and some garlic bread and a super dinner.

Cost breakdown
1 lb. ground chuck $1.87 on sale this week
2 cans tomato sauce .20 c each on sale = .40c
1 pkg. macaroni shells $1 on sale
3/4 pkg shredded cheese $1.50 for the whole package on sale=$1.10

That's a total of $4.37
Add the salad and garlic bread and you still have a meal for under $10 for 8.

Mexican Variation - just add a small can of chopped green chilies and 1/2 pkg. of taco seasoning.

Great comfort food and a crowd pleaser every time you serve it.

1 comment:

  1. You can now feed the whole crowd with less than five dollars that was available on this that was good to get. I have to make report on it so I decided to take help from essay writers so they can make this work for me or I will submit this at my college.