31 budget recipes
Check out our inexpensive recipes to keep cooking costs down, from thrifty orzo salads to budget-friendly curries and speedy breakfasts and lunches
Whether you're looking for cheap, energy-efficient meals or hoping to feed a crowd for less, we have plenty of easy budget recipes for you to try at home, ranging from filling pasta bakes and speedy noodles to healthy burgers and nourishing curries.
Looking to cut down on waste? Check out our guide on how to use up leftovers.
31 budget recipes
Tuna pasta bake is an absolute classic which doesn't break the bank, and we've taken it up a notch with the simple addition of dried chilli flakes and rosemary. You can use the grill as an alternative to the oven, too.
Try this quick and easy dinner for one – we've jazzed up this omelette with plenty of low-cost toppings, including grated courgette, kale, peas and chilli flakes.
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This warming comfort food classic only needs five ingredients, and hits the spot every time. Perfect when you're in the mood to cozy up with a bowl of cheesy carbs but don't want a pricey trip to the shops.
If you don't want to use an oven, grill for 20 minutes until golden and crisp on top.
Try these herby burgers featuring turkey mince for a healthier, low-cost burger alternative – they're low in calories and packed with protein.
This speedy vegan dinner is flavoured with everyday cheap ingredients such as ginger, garlic, chilli and soy, while the frozen stir-fry veggies keep prep to a minimum.
Make the most of low-cost storecupboard ingredients such as potatoes, chickpeas and chopped tomatoes in this lightly spiced vegan curry. It makes a wholesome midweek meal for four.
Use up stale bread to make this comforting old-school dessert – it's simple to whip up and most of the ingredients you'll already have at home.
This filling dish with crispy potatoes and corned beef will never go out of style, plus it's highly likely you'll already have most of the ingredients required.
This versatile dish means you can thrown in whatever frozen mixed veg you have, making it an inexpensive, yet wholesome and delicious one-dish meal.
A hearty way of filling up, these simple and healthy overnight oats keep breakfast cheap and cheerful.
The perfect quick and easy breakfast – discover how to make the creamiest scrambled eggs with just two ingredients. Even more delicious when served over buttered toast.
Make this Greek fast food dish with whatever veg you have lying around, skewered with chicken and served with flatbread. We've made this dish lighter by using chicken breast, rather than thighs.
This nourishing one-pot uses lots of storecupboard ingredients and can be easily adapted based on any ingredients you already have.
This veggie gnocchi uses just five low-cost ingredients and is ready in just 20 minutes. Instead of using the oven, grill until bubbling and golden.
Once you have your cumin, coriander and turmeric, this vibrant vegan curry becomes a brilliant budget dish.
Leave out the avocado to keep costs down in this vegan chilli – once you have your spices, this is an inexpensive dinner to add to your repertoire.
On the table in just 15 minutes, use up any linguine hidden at the back of the storecupboard to make this tangy, salty puttanesca. It's flavoured with easy-to-find staples such as capers, garlic and chilli.
A tin of Puy lentils is the hero ingredient in this bolognese – it's a great vegetarian alternative for when you don't want to use a meat substitute but still want a substantial meal. Plus, it's easy to make and healthy.
Use up left-over roast chicken to make this quick and nutritious pilaf, flavoured with spices you'll most likely already have in your cupboard.
Turn storecupboard staples such as orzo, tinned tuna and black olives into this nutritious orzo pasta salad with roasted red peppers.
Keep costs down by using a pouch of cooked mixed grains to make this fresh and thrifty salad.
A nifty and microwavable recipe that's perfect for midweek dinners – you'll find you have most of these storecupboard ingredients already.
This five-ingredient broccoli pasta is easy, vegan, and ready in just 20 minutes – ideal for a midweek meal on a budget.
Top our lightly spiced courgetti fritters with poached eggs for a quick dish that uses storecupboard staples such as flour and hot sauce.
Ready-made pancakes are used as an alternative to pasta in this simple Italian-inspired dish with ricotta, spinach and tomato sauce.
This tomato and red pepper soup is cheaper (and easier) to make than you might think – serve with crusty bread to make a filling lunch or dinner.
Cumin seeds and chilli flakes add punch to this vegetarian dish. It's low in cost without sacrificing on health or flavour.
This cheap and cheerful recipe requires just five ingredients, including peas and baby spinach – it's ready in just 10 minutes, too.
Buy a cheap pack of microwavable cooked mixed grains to make this simple yet stylish meal for two.
Chuck a handful of cheap ingredients together to make this vegan burrito bowl, delivering all the big flavours you'd want without using the oven.
Using a handful of storecupboard staples, top this creamy chia pudding with quickly cooked apples to make a simple and healthy brekkie.