with Alfonso Spagoni, the toreador. NOT in a ticky tacky box!
I haven't read the whole thread, and I know this started out about lasagna, but was really about cheap eats. Have you tryed doing your grocery shopping at Walmart? Groceries are a Super WM loss leader, I.e, super cheap! Their "generic" skinless boneless chix breasts (in MD/S.PA) are Perdue, I've seen them being stocked from sealed Perdue boxes many times. WM froz veg are super cheap too.
I don't feed my dog dog food,I feed him chix & veg. I manage to feed two people, and a dog, for about $60 a week. No coupons, good sized portions, from Walmart. I'm in central MD. I don't buy processed food, due to wheat and corn allergies, but can afford gluten free pasta.
Stouffers is the best froz, used to like as much as mine (I'm a pretty good cook) before wheat corn allergies.
Hey cottage cheese isn't cheap these days! I'd rather use the ricotta for a few more pennies.
Here's a yummy nutty tasting pasta:
use curled pasta
can crushed tomatoes + can of tomato paste
green peppers and onions sauted w/ garlic
italian sausage fried into small pieces (I add fennel seeds for more flavor)
and if you're feeling rich fresh bacon bits really fancys it up.
mix together in a big casserole dish and bake/serve with parmesan cheese
... Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. W. C. Fields