Low Cost Quick and Easy Tortellini Dinner

With the holiday’s fast approaching I thought I’d give you some of my super duper low cost,  quick,  easy recipes a couple days a week.  These are not amazingly original..but quick and easy no brainers….Plus VERY low cost.  So here is the first one..Tortellini!


  • 1 or 2 bags of Frozen Tortellini..any brand  (use the amount that would fit the size of your family)
  • 1 or 2 cans of Spaghetti Sauce..any brand  (use one can per bag of Tortellini)
  • Mozzarella or any kind of cheese you have on hand  (I used shredded Romano and Parmesan)
  • 1/2 water


  • Pour Frozen Tortellini into a greased baking dish – (for easy clean up)
  • Pour Spaghetti Sauce over the top


  • Pour 1/2 cup of water around the edges.  This is so the pasta does not dry out while baking.
  • Cover with foil
  • Bake in oven  at 375 –400  depending on you time factor..for 35-40 mins  (Now I’m free to go about doing other things)


  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with Cheese
  • Put back into heated oven for about 5 min. or until cheese melts

In this meal I did not use a lot of cheese on top since I used Cheese Tortellini.  Of course you can use any Flavor Tortellini you want and as much cheese as you want.

The overall Cost of my dinner:  $5.39 to feed my family of 4 that night..my son wasn’t home and we had no company or I would have added 1 more Tortellini and Sauce

  • 1 bag Tortellini  $2.50
  • 1 can Spaghetti Sauce  .89 cents
  • Sprinkle of cheese  .50 cents  (maybe less
  • Caesar Salad  $1.50
  • French Bread…pennies  (I make my own)

Would you like to make your own French Bread?  I promise this French Bread is so super easy!




  1. Cindy says

    Wow Shari! So Simple! Thx for sharing! You know i dont do the cooking in my family, due to that retired chef hubby i have, but every now & then he asks me, “hey can you throw something together for dinner tonight? I’m running late”. YIKES is my 1st response. But next time, I’ll be prepared, thanks to you! :)


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