Simone's Kitchen

Weekly budget roundup and a simple pasta dish

Every Sunday we will do a roundup of all the published recipes for this week. And yes, since we just started yesterday this is a small roundup ofcourse.. 😉

But ofcourse we have been planning this for a while so I do have a couple of findings sofar… And counting the one from yesterday I even have two recipes already.

I will try and take a photo of our food each day and post the recipes as well, but don’t expect anything fancy. Today’s dish is a perfect example of that. A very basic pasta dish but fairly healthy with lots of vegetables and quite edible too. Total price is  € 2,44 (breakdown below). The total cost of this meal were  € 3,26, but since it was enough for 3 people we had some leftovers for the next day. Which is why in the end calculation we only used 3/4 of the final price for the evening meal.


Some things like the chicken sausages are ridiculously cheap and the quality leaves somewhat to be desired. And to be honest I don’t think it is at all possible to buy biological meat for the budget we have set ourselves. it has got to come from somewhere and in general meat is expensive. (and let’s not even talk about fish!) So while I love buying sustainable etc. for this challenge that is simply not possible. Vegetarian dishes are a lot more economic so expect to see a few of those in the coming days. I’ve seen a couple of delicious ones already!

Some things really surprised me. I mean buying a kilo of pasta for 60 cents;  didn’t think it was possible, but it is and not too bad either! That also means that a portion of pasta for two is just the tiny sum of 9 cents! And I normally buy Dececco pasta, so you know… that is pricey pasta. This pasta is from the basic line of Albert Heijn and really not too bad.

Fresh herbs we never buy at the supermarket as those costs on average € 1,39 per small package while you can get a big bunch of herbs at the Turkish supermarket for 40 cents. Not everything is cheaper there and I also found out there is a big difference between chickenthigh filet here in Almere vs the same in Heerhugowaard. The difference can be as high as 2 euro per kilo! Quite substantial, so it pays to shop around. (ofcourse going to Heerhugowaard just for chicken would be counterproductive but if you’re there anyway…..)

And maybe a no-brainer but it is much more economical to cook for more people (or more days) and it’s also useful to have some things in the fridge for those days where you have no time to cook or don’t feel like cooking/

Leftover budget ( of the total of  € 84,00) after 2 days = € 78,99

You can see the costs per ingredient in the recipe. We have bought as many things for sale as we could (with ofcourse the absolute low the 8 chicken sausages for € 1,00) and we used that price for the calculations. For herbs or spices I have taken 5 cts per portion because I am not gonna weigh it all. I think for most things that is generous. The actual costs are probably less.

This week:

  1. Meatloaf with celeriac fries              € 2,57
  2. Pasta dish                                             € 2,44
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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Course: Pasta
Servings: 3
Author: Simone van den Berg
  • 150 gr pasta € 0 09 (AH BAsis)
  • 2 chicken sausages € 0 25 (Megaknaller)
  • 75 gr bacon pieces € 0 60 (Lidl)
  • 1 can of tomato cubes € 0 45 (Lidl)
  • 40 gr grated cheese € 0 23 (Lidl)
  • 1 bell pepper € 0 49 (C1000)
  • 1/2 courgette € 0 35 (lidl)
  • 1/2 portion of chestnut mushrooms € 0 50 (Lidl)
  • 1 onion € 0 10 (in stock)
  • 1 clove of garlic € 0 05 (in stock)
  • pepper € 0 05 (in stock)
  • salt € 0 05 (in stock)
  • olive oil for baking € 0 10 (in stock)
  1. Cut the pepper, onion, garlic, courgette and mushrooms. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large frying pan heat the olive oil and fry the bacon until crispy. Remove the skin of the chicken sausage and either cut into pieces or roll into balls.
  3. Bake until cooked and ad to the large pan with the bacon. Add the vegetables and bake until done. Add the tomato cubes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with the grated cheese


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