Budget-Friendly Dinners

Dinner,Featured Article,Recipes
January 1, 2009

Earthy peasant dishes create flavor from inexpensive ingredients like canned tomatoes.

Mark Boughton

Before cornmeal starred in polenta and rice became risotto, cornmeal was fried up as cornmeal mush and rice was eaten with beans. These were peasant dishes at their best. Now that we’re all tightening our belts (literally and figuratively), they’re all the more timely.

Here are two dishes born out of a lean pantry. Both require little more than carrots and onions and are perfect for adapting to what you have on hand and improvising at length.


Winter Minestrone Soup

Hearty kale and chewy barley add great textures to this vegetable soup.


Pasta with Fire-Roasted Vodka Sauce

A perfect Meatless Monday dish that comes together in a flash.


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