Menu
Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole

Cheap eat recipes

32 Recipes

Munch your way through the credit crunch with our low-cost, budget-friendly meals.

Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(9 ratings)
This storecupboard grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Team with bacon and veggies in this risotto-like stew
55 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Tuna sweet potato jackets

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(46 ratings)
If your standby supper is baked potatoes with tuna, switch to sweet potatoes and a fresh, spicy topping - budget-friendly and low-fat too
30 minutes
Easy

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(6 ratings)
Serve your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It's a healthy choice to boot
25 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Kedgeree with poached egg

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(11 ratings)
This curried fish and rice dish is suitable for brunch, breakfast or a main course at dinnertime. Replace traditional boiled eggs with poached
30 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Lamb & chickpea fritter wraps

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(2 ratings)
Spiced lamb and chickpea patties with yogurt, coriander and salad make the perfect filling for flatbread
35 minutes
Easy

Mushroom, ricotta & rocket tart

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(4 ratings)
This puff pastry slice requires minimum fuss. Use Italian cheese as a simple base and top with garlic mushrooms and salad leaves
35 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Chunky chilli

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(3 ratings)
Use chunks of stewing beef in your chilli con carne for a robust and filling dish. Serve with rice and coriander
2 hours and 20 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Lentil & sweet potato curry

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(12 ratings)
A storecupboard spice pot with red and green lentils, chickpeas and coriander. Serve with yogurt and naan bread
35 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Fruity tabbouleh with feta

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(1 ratings)
Use up a few storecupboard staples in this bulghar wheat salad packed with dried fruit, nuts and herbs
40 minutes
Easy

Tomato & rice soup

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(2 ratings)
This low-fat soup is great for using up rice and pesto - it makes a substantial and hearty main course
45 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Macaroni cheese with bacon & pine nuts

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(4 ratings)
You don't get much more comforting than a melty pasta bake with a crunchy topping. Serve with a crunchy green salad
50 minutes
Easy

Spicy oven-baked chicken & chips

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(3 ratings)
A midweek budget supper of roast chicken wings with homemade chips and Cajun spices
55 minutes
Easy

Smoked haddock & creamed corn curry

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(5 ratings)
Everyone will love this creamy fish curry, cooled down with coconut and sweetcorn. It's budget-friendly too
40 minutes
Easy

Spicy sausage & bean one-pot

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(4 ratings)
A saucy, warming casserole with Cumberland sausages, chilli gravy and kidney beans. It's budget-friendly and ready in less than 30 minutes too
25 minutes
Easy

Red lentil & squash dhal

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(18 ratings)
A hearty budget meal of spiced red lentils with butternut and tomatoes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and a dollop of mango chutney
55 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Braised bacon with colcannon cakes

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(1 ratings)
A bacon joint can stretch a long way. Serve with potato and Savoy cabbage cakes, plus a fried egg and optional tomato ketchup
1 hour and 25 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Roast sausage & squash with mustard & sage

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(2 ratings)
Jazz up your bangers with herbs, wholegrain mustard and butternut squash. Serve with mashed potato and juices from the pan
1 hour and 15 minutes
Easy

Scandi meatballs

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(3 ratings)
Put mushroom soup to clever use in this Scandinavian-style beef meatball dish with dill sauce
35 minutes
Easy

Bhaji frittata

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(3 ratings)
This lunchbox or picnic-friendly dish takes an Italian-style thick omelette and adds some Indian spice, along with potatoes, peas and coriander
40 minutes
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian

Pilchard puttanesca

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(1 ratings)
Raid the storecupboard and knock up this tomato-based Italian pasta supper in twenty minutes.
20 minutes
Easy

Chorizo & rosemary pearl barley risotto

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(11 ratings)
Replace the usual rice with filling, storecupboard barley. Spicy Spanish sausage provides a rich flavour and vibrant colour
55 minutes
Easy

Udon noodle soup

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(5 ratings)
A Japanese-inspired teriyaki udon broth with chestnut mushrooms and spinach. A nourishing and light supper
15 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Sichuan-style pork & green bean stir-fry

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(3 ratings)
A cost-conscious Chinese-style meal for two with rich soy and pepper sauce, ginger, spring onions and sesame oil
30 minutes
Easy

Smoky sweet potato & bean cakes with citrus salad

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(3 ratings)
These storecupboard chipotle patties are not only thrifty, they count as four of your 5-a-day allowance of fruit and vegetables.
35 minutes
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian

Pages

See more Cheap eat recipes

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

About BBC Good Food

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.

Our recipes

All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too.

Tell us what you think…

Love the new look or think we’ve missed the mark? We want to hear your thoughts – good and bad – to make sure we make the new website as useful as possible.

Magazine

Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and get triple-tested recipes delivered to your door, every month.

Events

Discover the dates and details of all the BBC Good Food Shows.

On TV

See your favourite chefs on Sky Channel 247, Virgin TV 260 and find their recipes at goodfoodchannel.co.uk

Good Food Apps

Download the BBC Good Food Recipes, tips & cooking tools app and get good food on the go.