A Fancy Frugal Recipe And Why Even Though I’m a Grocery Snob I Still Shop at Aldi(sometimes)

So I don’t love Aldi. It’s meandering aisles and palletized food in cardboard shipping boxes makes my retail side cringe. Call me old-fashioned, but I like my groceries to be neatly zoned on shelves and to have my groceries bagged for me. I just do. Yet, I find myself in Aldi at least once a week for certain items. 

Here’s why-for specialty cheeses, nuts, charcuterie, and produce you can’t beat Aldi’s prices. Period. Now of course, I still do my regular grocery runs at my beloved Target. However, since we don’t have a SuperTarget within 75 miles, when I need a specialty ingredient Aldi is my go to spot. 

Now that my grocery snobby-ness has been explained let me share with you a perfectly delicious fancy frugal meal for two, that is made with all-Aldi main ingredients for less than $8. 

Here’s what you need:

From Aldi:

  • 1 package gnocchi- $1.49
  • 1 tub feta crumbles- $1.49
  • 8oz Pancetta, diced- $2.49
  • 8oz sliced mushrooms- $1.49

From your pantry:

  • 1 tbsp butter (yes it must be butter, don’t substitute!)
  • 2-3 tbsp of wine or broth (or any deglazing liquid)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salted seasoning blend (I used Montreal chicken seasoning because it’s what I had)

To start, add your pancetta to a high-sided sauté pan and cook until fat is rendered but it’s not browned. Drain on paper towels.Next, bring about 2 quarts of water to a boil and add your gnocchi. Cook gnocchi for 3 minutes, then drain. Add your cooked pancetta back to the sauté pan with the garlic, mushrooms, and butter and cook over medium heat until the mushrooms have softened (about 5 min.) Then, add the cooked gnocchi and sauté until gnocchi are slightly browned. Like so:

    Once your gnocchi have browned, add your wine or broth with the seasoning blend of your choice and stir well to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes or until liquid is absorbed. 

    Remove the pan from heat, and add in the feta crumbles. Give everything a good stir to make sure it’s incorporated, then it’s ready to serve.

    This recipe only takes about 20 minutes to whip up and pairs really well with a lightly dressed salad to make a complete meal. Enjoy!

    Categorized as Recipes

    By Mary Katherine

    I am a wife, mom, human resources professional, and Independent Pampered Chef Consultant. As an Independent Pampered Chef Consultant, I may, at times, have links in my posts that allow you to shop from my website, and i do receive a commission, if you make a purchase.

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