A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a couple of students from Michigan State University.  They asked if I would be interested in creating a couple of budget-friendly, vegetarian recipes that they could make and share with their friends. Their hope was that it would be a meal with leftovers to maximize their budget of around $10-20 dollars. I gladly accepted their challenge.  Budget-friendly recipes are always great to have in your arsenal when it comes to making meals.

roasted vegetable baguettes

roasted vegetable baguettes

Roasted Vegetable Baguettes


  • 1 whole wheat baguette $1.99
  • 1 red onion, chopped $1.49
  • 1 red pepper, chopped $1.00
  • 1 container of mushrooms $1.49
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $1.14 (for entire garlic bulb)
  • Eggplant, chopped $2.99
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary, fresh or dried
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (store bought or homemade) $2.27
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella $2.30 (or leave off the cheese to make this a vegan friendly meal)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place all chopped vegetables and garlic on a large baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until all vegetables are well coated.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  5. Roast in oven for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  6. While vegetables are roasting cut baguette lengthwise and in quarters.
  7. Spread a generous spoonful of marinara sauce on each slice.
  8. Top with roasted vegetables.
  9. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and place under broiler until cheese is melted and golden brown.
  10. Serve with a simple salad of mixed greens and vinaigrette.

Meal total $14.67

Total servings 8 at $1.83/person

roasted veggie baguettes

roasted vegetable baguettes

roasted vegetable baguettes

This would be a great meal for sharing with friends due to it’s ease and the amount that it will serve.  Any leftovers can be used in a variety of ways.  You could put the remaining veggies in the food processor with some chickpeas and make a roasted vegetable dip.  Any left over baguettes and marinara can be used to make baguette pizzas when topped with mozzarella.


5 Responses to Roasted Vegetable Baguettes

  1. bentley says:

    I can already envision your cookbook, full of gorgeous photography and delicious recipes!

  2. Alison says:

    Bentley, you say the nicest things. Thanks.

  3. Andrea Thomas says:

    I made this for dinner tonight for me and my husband. So delicious and easy and delicious!

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