Budget Meal Pasta – Two Ways!

These recipes will work for a gluten-free diet or a regular one. Just make sure that if you are going the gluten-free route, you use a good gluten-free pasta because it makes a difference. My pasta of choice has been Tinkyada. These are both good budget or last-minute meals. While the pasta water is heading for the boiling stage, you can put together a green salad and have dinner ready in less than an hour.

Buttered Poppy Seed Noodles
16 ounces spaghetti
1/2 stick butter (margarine won’t work as well here.)
1 – 1 1/2  tablespoons poppy seeds
Salt & pepper to taste.

Prepare your pasta to taste. Drain thoroughly and place back into warm pot. Melt the butter and add the poppy seeds. Simmer very slightly for a moment or two to blend flavors. Pour over the pasta, toss gently and serve.

Walnut-Garlic Pasta

16 ounces spaghetti
2 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves fresh garlic, diced
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Salt & pepper to taste.

While your pasta is cooking, melt the butter with the olive oil. Throw in the garlic and cook gently until softened. Toss with the chopped walnuts, cooking two or three minutes longer. Be careful not to burn the butter/oil mixture. Pour over now cooked and drained spaghetti, mix together and serve. A crisp, green salad goes well with this. And there is always your fresh bread to consider!