Pasta pairs well with the recession. Food analysts are calling pasta the “least expensive center of the plate item you can have” and a cost effective option for keeping your food budget in line.You can feed a family of four a pasta based meal for about $5-$10 dollars. According to the National Pasta Association, the nutritional value of a 1/2 cup serving of cooked pasta (spaghetti) contains a mere 99 calories, less than half a gram of fat and less than 5 milligrams of sodium.