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.


For more budget recipes, check out our budget vegetarian recipes, budget vegan recipes and budget healthy recipes.

Looking to cut down on waste? Check out our guide on how to use up leftovers.

31 budget recipes

Tuna pasta bake

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.

Tuna melt pasta bake in an oval dish

Vegetable omelette

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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Omelette Filled with Green Veg on a Plate with Tomatoes

Classic mac 'n' cheese

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.

Mac and cheese in a baking dish

Healthy turkey burgers

Try these herby burgers featuring turkey mince for a healthier, low-cost burger alternative – they're low in calories and packed with protein.

Two Turkey Burgers in Buns with Lettuce and Tomato on a Wooden Board

Singapore noodles

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.

Two bowls of noodles with sliced chilli, alongside two pairs of wooden chopsticks and two glasses of water with a white background

Spinach, chickpea and potato curry

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.

Spinach, chickpea and potato curry in a skillet with some naan breads

Bread pudding

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.

A square ceramic dish filled with bread pudding next to a smaller bowl containing a serving of pudding and an ice cream scoop

Corned beef hash

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.

Two white plates of golden fried potatoes topped with fried egg on a white wooden surface with a knife and fork and pot of brown sauce

Egg fried rice

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 pan of egg fried rice on a grey napkin

Overnight oats

A hearty way of filling up, these simple and healthy overnight oats keep breakfast cheap and cheerful.

a bowl of oats next to plates of berries, yogurt and chopped nuts on a red napkin

Scrambled eggs

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.

Scrambled eggs on toast, topped with parsley leaves

Chicken souvlaki

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.

Chicken souvlaki skewers on a board, with a bowl of salad leaves on the side and two torn grilled pitta breads

Golden onion and spring veg pilaf

This nourishing one-pot uses lots of storecupboard ingredients and can be easily adapted based on any ingredients you already have.

Golden onion and spring veg pilaf

Tomato, spinach and mascarpone gnocchi

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.

Mascarpone Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomato

Sweet potato and lentil curry

Once you have your cumin, coriander and turmeric, this vibrant vegan curry becomes a brilliant budget dish.

Bowls of sweet potato and lentil curry topped with coriander and lime

Quinoa and black bean chilli

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.

Easy Vegan Chilli Recipe with Quinoa

Linguine with fresh puttanesca sauce

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.

Linguine with fresh puttanesca sauce

Vegetarian lentil bolognese

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.

Lentil Bolognese Recipe

Chicken and spinach pilaf

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.

Chicken Pilaf Recipe with Spinach

Orzo, bean and tuna salad

Turn storecupboard staples such as orzo, tinned tuna and black olives into this nutritious orzo pasta salad with roasted red peppers.

Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Super storecupboard salad

Keep costs down by using a pouch of cooked mixed grains to make this fresh and thrifty salad.

Super storecupboard salad

Baked sweet potatoes with smoky beans

A nifty and microwavable recipe that's perfect for midweek dinners – you'll find you have most of these storecupboard ingredients already.

Baked sweet potatoes with smoky beans

Broccoli pasta

This five-ingredient broccoli pasta is easy, vegan, and ready in just 20 minutes – ideal for a midweek meal on a budget.

Bowl of linguine with broccoli

Courgette fritters

Top our lightly spiced courgetti fritters with poached eggs for a quick dish that uses storecupboard staples such as flour and hot sauce.

Easy Courgette Fritters Recipe

Baked spinach and ricotta pancakes

Ready-made pancakes are used as an alternative to pasta in this simple Italian-inspired dish with ricotta, spinach and tomato sauce.

Baked Spinach and Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Tomato and red pepper soup

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.

two bowls of red soup scattered with basil leaves and sat on folded linen napkins with chinks of crusty bread

Purple sprouting broccoli and fried eggs on toast

Cumin seeds and chilli flakes add punch to this vegetarian dish. It's low in cost without sacrificing on health or flavour.

A purple sprouting broccoli dish with chilli

Gnocchi with peas, pesto and spinach

This cheap and cheerful recipe requires just five ingredients, including peas and baby spinach – it's ready in just 10 minutes, too.

Gnocchi with Peas, Spinach and Pesto Recipe

No-cook recipes

Falafel, beetroot and hummus grain bowl

Buy a cheap pack of microwavable cooked mixed grains to make this simple yet stylish meal for two.

Falafel, Beetroot, Hummus and Grains in a Bowl

Vegan burrito bowl

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.

Vegan burrito bowl

Chia pudding

Using a handful of storecupboard staples, top this creamy chia pudding with quickly cooked apples to make a simple and healthy brekkie.

Chia pudding in three pots, topped with apples

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