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Budget Meals: Pasta alla Bandiera (Italian Flag Pasta)


This colorful pasta is a quick and nutritious dinner to warm you up this winter.

This recipe was provided by Navicore’s own Laura W. from our Credit Counseling Department.

If you’d like an opportunity to enter our Client Budget Meals contest (and potentially win $100) and have your own budget family meal featured, please submit your recipe here.  Last names will not be published. Let’s get cooking! 

The recipe:

3/4 lb dry pasta of your choice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (14 ounce each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 ounce) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cook Pasta according to package directions in a large pot of generously salted water.

In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and add garlic, cook, stirring for about 2 minutes.

Add canned tomatoes and cannellini beans. Heat to boiling then reduce heat and simmer uncovered 5-7 minutes.

Add spinach, olives, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until spinach is wilted.

Drain the pasta into a large bowl.

Top with tomato mixture and cheese if desired. Serve with Italian bread-(optional) Enjoy!

The Finances

$2.99 Pasta
$2.00 Spinach
$2.38 Canned tomatoes
$0.99 Cannellini beans
$0.99 Black Olives
$0.20 Garlic

From the Pantry
Olive Oil
Salt/Pepper

Grand total: $9.55

More budget meals to make your family smile:

Budget Meals: Fall Family Favorite, Shepherd’s Pie
Budget Meals: Black Bean And Butternut Squash Chili
Southwestern One Pot Chicken Pasta
Andouille, Red beans and Rice
Apricot Chicken
Vietenamese Pho Soup
Hearty And Cheesy Johnny Marzetti Pasta Bake
Budget Meals: Colorful And Tasty Stuffed Peppers
Budget Meals: Chimichurri With Chicken And Grilled Vegetables


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Lori Stratford is the Digital Media Manager at Navicore Solutions. She promotes the reach of Navicore’s financial education to the public through social media and blog content.

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