How Much Does Spaghetti Cost?
Spaghetti is composed of pasta in the form of long, thin noodles, tomato sauce, ground meat and cheese (optional). Even though spaghetti is just as common in America, it is still considered an Italian food. While every country has its own version of spaghetti, they all have one thing in common – it has tomato sauce and cylindrical pasta.
There are many ways of making spaghetti: it could be homemade with freshly made tomato sauce or premade.
How much does it cost?
- Spaghetti at some local family restaurants typically ranges from $2 – $15 per plate. Spaghetti at an authentic Italian restaurant can cost from $10 to $25.
- However, if you prefer making your own spaghetti, you can buy cylindrical pasta at around $1 – $5 per noodle package. An authentic box from Italy will usually be near the higher end while your lower end pasta will be processed locally.
- If you need spaghetti sauce for your pasta, you can purchase a jar of it for $2 to $6. The basic store brand type will be on the lower end, while the name-brand organic sauce will be on the higher end.
- The most common type of meat that is used for spaghetti is ground beef. However, ground chicken or ground pork can also be used. This ground meat will range in cost from $2 to $6 per pound. Just like the sauce, organic meat will be more expensive.
- If you want to make your own spaghetti sauce, there a several ingredients that you will need. All of these will cost around $4 together.
- Overall, if you take into account the noodles, meat, and sauce, a pot of spaghetti will cost around $10.
What is going to be included?
- Spaghetti often comes in 13, 16 or 32 ounce containers.
- Depending on the brand, some noodles are made from whole grain, while others are Kosher certified. There are also new types of noodles that contain a full serving of vegetables.
- If you are purchasing a dish of spaghetti at a restaurant, this usually includes a dinner salad as well as some type of bread.
What are the additional costs?
- If you are making spaghetti at your home, the most common side dish to serve with it is garlic bread. There are many different varieties of garlic bread, from Texas Toast to cheese bread. If purchased in the freezer section of your grocery store, this will cost $2 to $4.
- One of the favorite toppings for spaghetti is Parmesan cheese. You can purchase a can of this in the dairy section of your grocery store for around $3, or you can purchase fresh Parmesan cheese from the deli and have freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.
Factors that influence the price:
- Ingredients and the name. Depending on the type and quality of ingredients that are used to make the spaghetti, the price can fluctuate. This principle applies to homemade spaghetti or spaghetti purchased in a restaurant.
- The manufacturer. Brand name pasta and sauce is more likely to be priced higher than those store name.
Tips to know:
- If you wish to make your own spaghetti, it is better to separately cook the pasta and sauce and only mix them together when both of them were cooked separately. The best order would be to brown the meat, add in the sauce and let it simmer for about an hour, then boil the noodles and combine them with the sauce.
- Try to use spaghetti sauce with different flavors to give your spaghetti a different taste every time you make it. There are varieties such as marinara sauce, four-cheese, onion-garlic, mushroom, etc.
How can I save money?
- Store brands are going to be a lot cheaper than those name brands. If you do not mind purchasing store brands, this is a great way to save more than 30%.
- Many name brand companies that produce the pasta offer coupons in the local paper and on many social media outlets. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can take advantage of any coupons available.
- Pasta is heavily marked up at local restaurants. Because of this, try to avoid pasta based restaurants. If you are going to eat out, there are also coupons offered that are offered by different restaurants.
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