Sometimes I Can’t Afford Groceries…

Except seriously.

Sometimes being in your mid-20s can be rough. And sometimes between paying your heating bill (because winter refuses to end), rent, and student loans (cough Sallie Mae sucks cough cough) you just come up short and sacrifices have to be made. Like groceries.

This is one of those moments for me. And I imagine that many of you out there have been in the same position. So I figured I’d share my go to recipe for when your pantry is as empty as your checking account.

This recipe is a simple dish that is perfect when your pantry is particularly low. I call it Fake Mac and Cheese…so called because in reality there is hardly any cheese in it, it just tastes like homemade mac and cheese.

This is really all you need...plus parmesan cheese

This is really all you need…plus parmesan cheese

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Pasta (any kind will do)
-bread crumbs (italian seasoned work best)
-flavored  bouillon cubes (chicken or veggie work well)
-Parmesan cheese

Simple Cook the Pasta with the bouillon cubes

Simple Cook the Pasta with the bouillon cubes

All you do is add the cubes to the water you boil for the pasta. Cooking the pasta in broth adds such a good flavor. When the pasta is drained you add some breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese (almost equal parts). And BOOM. DONE. It tastes almost the same as homemade mac and cheese and involves practically nothing.

Just add the bread crumbs and cheese

Just add the bread crumbs and cheese

Its a step up from just pasta and cheese…especially when you’re like me and ran out of butter…

Boom. You got yourself some fancy poor kid food.

Boom. You got yourself some fancy poor kid food.

And the fact that it tastes great distracts you just a bit from the fact that you’re poor lol.

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