Angel Hair with Cherry Tomatoes – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 17, 2009

A perfectly TANGY pasta dish…we ate this until we were stuffed!  And there’s a ton of pasta leftover too!


My camera battery needed a recharge, so this iphone photo and the below vlog will have to do! I’m *hoping* to do more vlogs from here on out!

1/4 cup olive oil ($.40)
1/2 tsp salt and pepper, each
3 large garlic cloves, crushed ($.15)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (from the garden)
Handful of green beans, cut in tiny pieces (from the garden)
Handful of basil (from the garden)
1 lb. angel hair pasta ($.82) On sale last week…although we only about about 1/2 of the pasta…saved the rest for lunch tomorrow!
2 split breast chickens, deboned ($2.55) Bought for $1.89/lb with $1 off coupon!
2 tsp olive oil ($.05)
2 broccoli heads ($.79)


1. In large skillet, add 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, pepper, crushed garlic, halved cherry tomatoes, itty bitty green beans, and chopped basil. Saute over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until skins start to peel away from tomatoes.
2. In large saucepan, cook angel hair pasta according to package instructions, while veggies are sizzling! Drain. Add to skillet with vegetables. (I only used about half of the pasta…half filled up my largest skillet…and we were still stuffed!)
3. Cut chicken breasts portion from the bones of the split chicken breasts, and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips. Save bones and use to make stock…soup season isn’t too far off!  Saute in 2 tsp olive oil with salt and pepper for 6-8 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Mix in with the pasta and veggies or serve on the side.
4. Steam broccoli in stovetop steamer or in the microwave, covered with plastic wrap.
5. Serve Angel Hair with Cherry Tomatoes, Chicken with Steamed Broccoli.

Cost $4.76

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The Meal Planner August 18, 2009 at 12:26 am

I love me a good bowl of pasta….I definitely know the meaning of “eating until you are stuffed!”. Tomato and basil is such a classic combo, I bet the spaghetti is great.


Susie's Homemade August 18, 2009 at 1:11 am

That looks soooooo good:-)


Hope :) August 18, 2009 at 9:39 am

Oh, yes! This looks great. And angel hair pasta is my favorite. It’s been added to my menu plan! :)


Mel August 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I made this tonight and it was really good. I used leftover chicken I had in the freezer and made corn on the cob instead of broccoli. Thanks for the great idea!


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