Both my parents worked two jobs growing up, so my mom would throw this together quick in between shifts:
1 bottle tomato juice
1 bottle V8
1 lb hamburg
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 large onion, sliced
Sauté the hamburg, onion and garlic. *Add some worcestershire sauce *
Add both bottles of juice and bring to a boil. Add italian seasoning. *Add some macaroni and cook until done.*
Assuming you have some on hand, it would be well under $20. It goes great with some crusty bread.
Also, when she had time, she'd make meatballs rather than hamburg, and add green beans and potatoes, and called it meatball stew.
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