God bless, quick, cheap, and easy meals that make large amounts of food.  This took about a half hour tops to make, and will serve as one of my two lunch options for the next week or so.  And plus, all you really have to spend money on for this is on the can of tomatoes, and the goat cheese; odds are high you have all the rest of this in your pantry, if you stock it well.

Pasta Arrabiata with Goat Cheese
Lasts 5+ meals as main course


  • 6 T olive oil
  • ¾ T crushed red chiles (you can get these by ordering pizza)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes (original recipe recommended fire roasted, I went for olive oil/garlic diced tomatoes as a can of fire roasted tomatoes goes for around $4 here, honestly, go with whatever’s cheapest for you)
  • half a package of pasta (I used half of a 16 oz package of thin spaghetti)
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese (I went garlic and herb flavored)

Heat your oil in a pot over medium high heat, and add your chiles.  Cook for 3 mins, and then add your onion and garlic, and cook for another 4 to 5 mins.  Add your can of tomatoes, stir to combine, and then reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook for about 20 mins.  Stir a few times during this.

While the sauce is cooking, cook your pasta, so that it finishes at about the same time as your sauce.  Drain the pasta, and then add the finished sauce to the pot the drained pasta is in, and toss the pasta until completely covered in the sauce.  If your goat cheese is not crumbled, slice and tear and add to the pasta, tossing again to coat.  

And then, sit back, because dinner, lunch, whatever is done, in only a half hour and well under $10 spent.