$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.

  • That’s great. I have a friend doing the challenge for a week. I don’t know how she is doing it though. Lots of rice/pasta/lentils!

  • that’s amazing…thanks for that idea, I should try this less than $2 pasta =)

  • When we were first married, BigJ was just an apprentice and we had very little. I remember one year when the ‘official poverty figure’ was announced, I cried and said that if we had that much money to live on we’d be rich! Fortunately, we have come a long way since then, and I can testify that IS possible to live so frugally and feed young family, although the choices may not be very exciting!
    Good job with the recipe.

  • This looks delicious! Live below the line sounds like a great program – great job dealing with their challenge!

  • What a great recipe and a great way to spread the message out there about a very real problem!

  • Melissa

    This looks way more delicious than what I have been eating during the challenge this week! I’m off to get some zucchini. Thanks Christie!

  • I’m doing the challenge myself and as a food lover, it’d really opened my eyes up to the abundance of choice and FLAVOUR we have here in Australia.

    This recipe looks delicious – if only I’d had it before I went shopping with my $10 on Sunday! So far its been oats with pear and minestrone every single day! Must keep it bookmarked for next year’s Live Below the Line!

  • Claire

    Thanks so much for posting this Christie. I have a couple of dollars left in the challenge for today and tomorrow and was wondering how to best use my remaining pasta. Problem deliciously solved :)

    Thank you for your support

  • Tom

    This recipe is great for students. Cheap and easy. Good work Christie!

  • Excellent! Zucchini and chilli are about the only things left in my fridge today and I cant be bothered going to the shops until tommorow! Thanks lass!

    • Hey ChompChomp – you are very welcome! :) Christie

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