The recipe (slightly adapted from The Prudent Homemaker):**Cooking the white beans - I soaked them overnight and cooked them for about an hour on the stove top and then dumped them into the slow cooker to finish cooking - on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours until tender.
2 cups cooked white beans (Great Northern, Cannelini, or Navy will work)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (from a can or grated if it is the good stuff)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp garlic salt (or 1 1/2 tsp granulated garlic)
1 pound pasta (I used ziti-type pasta)
Cook pasta until al dente.
While pasta is cooking, blend milk, beans, parmesan cheese, and garlic together. I use an immersion blender to blend it right in the pan. Cook in a small saucepan over medium low heat, stirring regularly.
Spoon sauce over pasta on individual plates.
I served this with:
Pasta - $0.75 (on sale with a coupon)
bread – $0.98 (I usually make my own but this was easy)
Garlic salt - $0.25
Beans - $0.60 (I used half a bag)
Steamed Veggies - $1.25 (bought on sale)
Parmesan cheese – $0.50 (took the total price and divided it)
milk – $0.25
butter – $0.50 (Paid $1.99 for a pound and divided out)
Total for this meal: $5.08
*I fed 2 adults and 4 children ages 10, 7, 5 and 3. We had leftovers for my husband's lunch and for us to have for lunch the next day. Two of the kids don't love Alfredo so they didn't eat as much as usual.
This is a good meal to have on hand. Give it a try!