Vegetable Lasagna for Under $5!

Vegetable Lasagna for Under $5!

I got flack for this around the lunch table on Sabbath afternoon, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I had some bits-and-pieces of food around the house. Ricotta and Mozzarella were on sale. I put together a vegetable lasagna that I was quite proud of. (Paul teased me because it was like a "garbage-plate" of leftovers mixed together.)

I don't know how I managed such a great cost to make this lasagna. I guess I just bought everything on a great sale. People say lasagnas are expensive. Perhaps cause the people I read about making it always add meat. And perhaps they add more cheese than is really necessary. Well, I am proud to say this one fit very nicely in our budget.

Lasagnas are so easy to put together. Layer sauce; then noodles, then ricotta, veggies, and mozzarella. Repeat. At the end, top with last noodles, sauce and extra cheese. Bake about 30 minutes, covered for the first 15-20. I will say I used the boil-first noodles cause they were cheapest. If you've already got the water out for say, boiling potatoes or veggies, reuse the water for the noodles and keep them cold until use. Also, notice, I chopped the mozzarella instead of shredding it. Because it came in a block, this was the easier choice. I really didn't see that it made a difference. For a cheaper meal, blitz sale-priced canned tomatoes in a food processor with seasonings. (I used 3 cans.) And while the processor's out, go ahead and chop up the veggies, too.

Cost to Make Vegetable Lasagna

  • $0.44 Lasagna Noodles (Publix)
  • $0.50 Ricotta (Publix)
  • $1.50 Mozzarella (Publix)
  • $0.50 Spinach (Publix)
  • $0.28 Onion (Publix)
  • $0.10 Carrots (Publix)
  • Free Italian Seasoning (Gift)
  • Free Crushed Red Pepper (Gift)
  • $0.03 Salt (Publix)
  • $1.50 Tomatoes (Publix)
  • $0.01 Onion Powder (Costco)
  • $0.05 Garlic Powder (Costco)
  • $4.91 Total for 9x13 pan

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