Per Sam's request, I made this lasagna recipe.
- Sliced fresh mozzarella - $7.69 (1/2) = $3.85
- Cottage cheese - $4.99 (3/4) = $3.74
- Ground beef - $5.69
- Pasta sauce (free - leftover from my parents)
- Lasagna noodles (free - leftover from my parents)
- 1/2 onion - $.40? Not sure, haven't priced them in a while.
Total I spent on this recipe = $13.68
I made a few tweaks to the recipe, as follows:
- Added the onion to the ground beef when browning it
- Stretched the recipe to make 2 smaller pans (4x4s), one for immediate eating, and the second for the freezer
- Used the majority of a large tub of cottage cheese, as we already had it, and it helped expand the dish to 2 pans.
- Ditto on the mozzarella. I used a full loaf of fresh mozzarella, minus 2 small slices.
- I didn't price out the things that were already in my pantry from my parents visit. However, for completeness when purchasing everything from scratch, let's say $2 for the noodles & $2.50 for the pasta sauce
I expect this will yield 10 individual servings with my changes, which puts it at a price per serving of $1.37 (rounded up). If I had bought all of the ingredients (adding $4.50 as noted above), brings the cost up to $1.81. Of course, one of the reasons I chose this recipe was to use up lasagna noodles left in my cupboard. :-)
Additionally, there are ways to bring the cost down pretty substantially:
-Find a cheaper source for ground beef (all of the ingredients really, but this one stands out as I had to buy it at the grocery store vs my way less expensive typical Costco purchase)
-Reduce the cheese & mozzarella
-Add extra veggies to the sauce to round it out
-Make my own pasta sauce
I didn't plan this recipe with any particular price per serving in mind, but it was super helpful to shop for all of the ingredients, and then price it out afterward. I'm going to have to continue to do this to determine the right price points for more of our dinners. What about you? Do you price out your recipes? What price per meal or serving do you aim for?