$2 pasta dish to support ‘Live Below The Line’11

Posted on May 18, 2011 by ChristieDinner Time, Food News, Vegan, Vegetarian

When I was approached to come up with a recipe for $2, I immediately panicked. What kind of ingredients can you get for that price?

After a long hard think, and some experimentation, I’m happy to report that it is entirely possible and can result in this delicious pasta dish.

And it’s all for a good cause.

The Live Below The Line campaign encourages people to attempt to live on $2 a day in order to get a better idea about how it feels to live below the poverty line. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this cause by eating a little more frugally this week and perhaps check out their website for more info or to make a donation.

I have to admit that I can’t take full credit for the pasta idea. As I wracked my brains (out loud, as usual), about using pulses and rice and various other things, my brother in law suggested pasta with garlic and chilli.

I, of course, had to put my little stamp on it by adding freshly grated zucchini because I just can’t bear to have any meal that does not include a vegetable – even if I’ve only got $2 to spend!

Cost breakdown was as follows:

  • 200g spaghetti – 50c
  • 2 cloves garlic – 30c
  • 1/2 red chilli – 15c
  • 1/4 cup olive oil – 60c
  • 1 zucchini – 40c

Total = $1.95

Enjoy, Christie x

Zucchini, garlic and chilli linguini

serves 2

200g spaghetti
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1/2 red chilli, finely sliced
1 zucchini, coarsely grated

1. Throw the pasta into a large pot of boiling water. Boil for 12 minutes or according to packet directions.

2. While that’s boiling, put two tablespoons of the olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Add the grated zucchini and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes until softened.

3. Drain the pasta and add to the zucchini mixture. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the remaining olive oil. Mix to thoroughly coat the pasta in the oil and serve right away.

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