Okay /ck/, let's make a fucking casserole that's cheap, delicious, and cheap per serving.
Let's start with boiling some Penne noodles. 1.75 lbs of Penne noodles, which you bought for $1.50.
(I'm a Canuck, so my bucks may not go as far as yours. Sorry)
So here's the rest of your ingredients:
>3x 80grams of Parmesian ($1.00 each)
>1/2 block of Old Cheddar ($2.50)
>Store-brand pasta sauce ($1.25)
This brings our total to $8.25, with taxes bringing it to maybe $9.50 or so. We'll be using some basic spices later on, but all in all the grand total for the masterpiece-to-be should be less than $10.
Switch to a bigger pot because you realized that shit was going to boil over like a motherfucker.
Dump the can of store-brand pasta sauce into a bowl, then dump two of the three parm containers into it.
Don't mix it yet.
Revel in your excess when you realize the cheese to tomato sauce ratio of your under $10 pasta casserole.
That entire half-block of cheese?
Grate the FUCK out of it. Every last bit, except for the tiny little nub at the end, which has continually borne the brunt of your fury.
Eat that nub, and gain that nub's power.
...until the parm pile looks like an egg sitting in tomato sauce, as pictured. Use your own judgement, but this being an under $10 casserole, you should use less than $0.50 for the three combined spices.
Or not. Whatever.
(PS: I'm not skipping steps, I was just too lazy to pick the right photos before posting)
Drain pasta, then mix with your sauce until everything is more or less even. The sauce SHOULD just cover the noodles completely without much excess, if you bought the same half-pint pre-tinned sauce I did.
You have a tablespoon and 80 grams of parm left. You know what to do.
Turn the oven to 325F, and let bake for 12 minutes.
Also, do your dishes now. You're not a fucking heathen.
Yes, yes it is. You can buy powdered parm, and it's glorious.
After baking 12 minutes at 325, broil on high for 3 minutes. It should come out looking as pictured.
>This brings our total to $8.25
In burger land that is two full fast food meals or two days worth of cheap groceries.
You are just eating shit food. Why are spending 2.75 on essentials then burning 5.50 on cheese? Even for me that sounds excessive.
Watch and learn...
...As I said, you've just served yourself a meal-sized portion. This covers the calories and carbs of a full meal, though not the vitamin necessities.
As pictured, you've got about another 8-11 servings for under $10.
It makes for a very good at-work lunch, as long as you balance it out with other meals.
This is at best a good mac and cheese. Good as in tastes good, which is admirable but not hard for mac and cheese.
I do not see the point. You made mac and cheese. I love it to death. But I can get 1.5 pounds for less then three dollars, and buy two pounds and still come out cheaper then you.
Unless you are trying to make a thread of putting together random ingredient I do not see what you did superior. Even then: pasta + cheese. Anyone who knows how to not burn food can do this.
>I can buy food cheaper than you
Also, keep in mind I'm Canadian.
Our food board has actual standards. My powdered parmesan is... powdered parmesan. It's not whatever the FDA decided parmesan could and could not be, with however many chemicles and other bullshit they decide can actually be parmesan.
....American food "standards" scare the shit out of me.
Shut the fuck up haha i'm Canadian too, you bought that nasty piece of cheese in the room temperature 99 cents bucket at Maxi's grocery. It's not real parmesan if you want some real "cheese powder" buy some finely grated pecorino.
Looks good and not that expensive. I wouldn't use the parm or that much cheddar though, I'm not a huge fan a cheese but a bit is okay. I would add ground beef to it and some tomatoes.
I would also change the noodles. Maybe if they make flatter ones? I don't know. And I would layer them evenly, I think that would look nice. I might even put some ricotta in there, and some spinach. I think I'm onto something here guys. I better patent it before anyone gets wind of my great original casserole idea.