This is quite possibly the easiest, cheapest, yummiest crock pot meal I have ever tried. You seriously only need some chicken, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and a crockpot. Really…this is impossible to mess up. If you’re new to cooking, or want to try out that crock pot that’s been sitting in the box, this is a good beginner meal to get over your slow cooker fears.

But the best part is it’s super cheap, feeds two to four people (or gives you plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day), and tastes way yummier than it should. People will think you actually cooked. To make it even more awesome, this dinner cooks itself while you’re at school and work all day. Just throw in the ingredients before you leave for class in the morning and come home to a great meal 8 hours later.

A-maz-ing. Try it. For real.

Serves: 2-4
Price per serving: $2-3
2-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 24 oz jar of Marinara sauce

Pasta of your choice (goes well with spaghetti or penne)
1. Pour enough of the spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom of the crock pot. This prevents the chicken from burning or sticking to the pot.
2. Place the chicken breast pieces in the crockpot.
3. Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the chicken.

Close lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
When done serve it over your favorite pasta.

-Make it healthier: Simply throw in some cut up mushrooms, zucchini, or tomatoes when you put in the chicken. Vegetables are inexpensive and add more bulk to your meal.

-For a healthy Chicken Parmesan alternative: When you get home open the lid and add some shredded mozzarella cheese. Close the lid and start preparing your pasta. Once the pasta is done your cheese will be melted and ready to eat up.

-Vegetarian or vegan: Add extra firm tofu chunks instead of chicken. Remember to press the tofu beforehand to soak up the extra water.
$$$ Tips:
-Grocery stores often have Buy One, Get One deals on their jars of pasta and boxes of pasta. Stock up. You’re more likely to cook if you have the ingredients right there in your kitchen.

-Add some fresh bread and a side salad for an entire Italian meal! You can find cheap baguettes for $1-2 dollars and buy one, get one bagged salads (which are pre-cut and washed) at many of the local grocery stores. Plus having salad gives you an excuse to pour some ranch dressing on something.

-Look for sales on chicken. One store in town sells organic chicken for $2.99 a pound on certain days of the week. Buy a few pounds and freeze it.