Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bargain Meal of the Week: Apple Gorgonzola Fettucini

It's time for another week of Bargain Meals! Erin over at $5 Dinners (a great read!) is hosting a gathering of bloggers all over the Internet, creating frugal meals straight from the sales circulars of their favorite stores. Check it out for even more inspiration. I contribute every week for the current sales at Publix, which run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. Keep in mind that you do not need to purchase two of a product to get the buy one get one price. Publix marks down their products to half price for the BOGO deals.

I love the flavor of sharp cheese and apples together. Add in some pasta and I am in heaven! So I was very happy to see Gorgonzola cheese on sale this week.

Items on sale that can be used in this meal:

I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter, 15 oz 2 pk, $2.89 BOGO

-.75/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Product In Store Dispenser
-.50/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Product printable *zip 30003
-.75/2 I Can’t Believe “Multiply Your Meals” booklet (store coupon) (exp 3/27)
Final Price: use store coupon with (2) printable coupons makes it 6¢ ea

Ronzoni Pasta, 12-16 oz, $1.39 BOGO
-$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest SS 1/10 or printable
-$1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste SS 1/10 or printable
Final Price: .19 ea

Large Red Delicious Apples, 99¢ lb

Publix Feta or Gorgonzola, or Blue Cheese, $1.50

Apple Gorgonzola Fettucini

2 inches dry spinach or regular Fettuccine, cooked according to package directions
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 teaspoon minced Garlic
1 medium Apple, sharp and crisp
1/4 cup Walnut pieces
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
Salt, to taste

Cook fettucini according to package directions. Cut the apple into 1-inch pieces. (Peel first if you like- it's up to you.)

Melt one Tablespoon of butter in a pan, and saute the minced garlic until soft. Add the rest of the butter to the pan, then the walnuts and apples and saute until the apples are just heated through. Be careful that they don't get soggy.

Make sure your noodles are heated (you can run hot water over them if they've gone cold, or perhaps briefly microwave them). Quickly toss the hot noodles together with the sauteed mixture and the crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Salt to taste.

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