One of the best ways to ensure that a recipe is cheap is to use ingredients that are in season. These are usually easy to find and are almost always on sale, and last but not least, they are at their peak of flavor. The richest things are always seasonal. If you want an easy and cheap recipe for dinner, I recommend that you start there. This dish, for example, makes good use of the pumpkin that abounds in this season of the year. Another incredibly cheap ingredient, and that everyone likes is pasta, so if you put these two components together, as I have done here, you will have a delicious dinner that will cost you little effort and less money.
- one small butternut squash, peeled, without seeds, and cut into small cubes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- one teaspoon fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 chopped onion
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 3/4 lb of spaghetti
- 1/4 cup grated walnuts
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Turn the oven on to 375 ° F.
2. Place the squash on a baking sheet.
3. Mix with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper, until everything is covered in oil.
4. Bake until the squash is soft (about 40 minutes). Turn off the heat and remove it from the oven.
5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta following the package directions.
6. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
7. Salt the onion with the garlic for about 5 minutes, stirring until they are soft and begin to brown.
8. Add the lemon and pumpkin until everything is hot, and pour over the pasta, along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and walnuts.
9. Mix well and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
10. Serve on two plates and drizzle with Parmesan cheese.