Chef Marcela Valladolid shares 2 meals for under $20

Stretch your budget and pantry items with Valladolid’s garlic pasta with zucchini and meatballs recipe and a Spanish soup for those cold winter nights.
5:41 | 01/28/21

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We're back with our dollar dinner challenge keeping your family on a budget can be tough, we know this so putting top chefs to the test to see if they can make two meals for four people all for under $20. Pretty cool. We've got celebrity chef Marcela valladolid taking on that challenge. Chef Marcela, thanks for being with us. Tell us what you're making this morning and what's on your shopping list? Good morning. I am making -- so excited to be zucchini pasta with tons of parsley and finished with lime and parmesan cheese and take the leftovers and make basically a spaghetti and meatball soup which in Mexico we call it -- So really comforting and really easy. Now, in terms of the ingredients I love this because a lot of this stuff you get from the grocery store but most you already have at home. You have onions, carrots, zucchini, some serrano peppers, you can always go for jalapenos. You need tomatoes, a little parmesan cheese and add lemon to everything at the end to cut the fat. Now in terms of your pantry items so important because that's where you boost up all of the flavors you have bay leaves, cumin, oregano, Mexican oregano, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. That's pretty much it. How do you make the meatballs look so easy when you make them. So easy, my partner is I don't like meatballs. They're too heavy. What I like to do I make them super simple. I've got them already on the burner and all I added to those meatballs was salt, pepper and a little seasoning, a little bit of soy sauce is always important because you're going to get that flavor. I take them out and do my zucchini. As you can see it's so beautiful and packed with garlic. And then I throw everything together. So important to save the pasta water which I have right here. That's going to -- you want that starchiness from the pass to Tikrit your sauce so you add everything together. You want to make sure the meatballs are obviously fully cooked before you throw them into the pasta. So give them a nice stir. So once you've got that, that's pretty much basically it. I have my noodles already cooked. Using spaghetti because they go great with soup but any pasta you have at home will work, penne, rigatoni. Angel hair might be tougher to cult but you can definitely use that as well. All you have to do -- add that in here. And toss that around. And then always finish with a little bit of fresh parsley. We're throwing that in there. And then we'll plate it. The soup has a great kick to it. I had to confess earlier not knowing what yot rock S educate me on Mexican oregano. Mexican oregano. It's a slight difference, mediterranean and Mexican oregano and Mexican -- mediterranean is a little sweeter and Mexican is a little more savory. So it's not going to make or break your dish. If I was like feeding it to my mom she would know. She's in heaven now. Ah. I can still hear her. She would not let me use mediterranean oregano for any of my dishes. If you have regular at home that would work. Tell us more about the soup. It is really good. So for the soup, really simple. All we're doing is starting with the base of tomatoes, carrots and onions and sauteing that together and that's what like the wonderful French like to call the mir poi. Super simple packed with flavorment all I did and I have that going on here, I sauteed my onions and tomato and added broth, chicken or vegetable broth and just water if you don't have any broth. Really important to add that soy sauce. Now to this basically we're going to add our leftovers. Show you the trick. My butiful meatball dish nice and finished. Finished with parmesan cheese. So good. If you happen to have leftovers which I think would be weird and would never happen in my house, what you do I you take that beautiful broth you have created and like I said we have tomatoes here, carrots packed with vegetables so all we're going to do is we're literally, wait for this to cool down but I'll grab it. Grab whatever leftover pasta you have. And we're going to chop this up. Great idea. And just add it into your soup. Definitely takes some of those meatballs, if you have any left over, at my dinner table the kids won't even like eat the pasta. They'll just grab the meatballs and eat them with their hands. Chef Marcela, before we go, did you meet our challenge? Is it all under $20? Let's take a look. The grand total is, wow, $18.78. $18.78. Yes. You did it. You did it. And it is delicious. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We'll have to have you back. And get these recipes -- Thanks, you guy. Get them on We will be right back. I'm Dr. Dave Chokshi,

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