Salt beef and lettuce club sandwiches on a wooden board

10 meals worth being alone for

Celebrate the fun of solo dining, because when it comes to eating exactly what you want, sharing doesn't really work for us...

According to our brand-new State of the Nation survey, shared mealtimes are on the wane, as more than a quarter of respondents (27%) stated they eat alone most days. There’s a lot of pleasure to be had in dining solo, so we took to thinking about what we pull out of the cupboards when we can have whatever we want. Whether you’re hankering after a packet of crisps and a tub of cream cheese or classic beans on toast, your menu has no restrictions.

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We have plenty of recipes-for-one to make a night in alone something to celebrate. After all, this is the time to get as indulgent or as weird as you like – no one else is watching…

 Steak, chips & quick pepper sauce

Looking forward to a night of total peace? Make the evening a little bit special with a sizzling steak, homemade chips and a speedy but scrumptious pepper sauce. This recipe won’t keep you in the kitchen too long either, so you’ll have more time to exercise complete control over the TV remote.

Steak, chips & quick pepper sauce 

Sweet jacket potatoes with piri-piri prawns

Sweet jacket potato topped with piri-piri prawns, peppers and sauce

If you normally have a fussy eater to take into account, now is the time to get creative in the kitchen with any ingredients that take your fancy. This sweet jacket potato with piri-piri prawns might sound like a slightly unusual mix but trust us, it really works and is super simple to make.

Sweet jacket potato with piri-piri prawns

All-in-one gammon, egg & chips

This dish is like eating beautiful pub food from the comfort of your couch, and frankly, a night in doesn’t get much better than that. There is only the one pan to wash up too, so you can maximise your relaxation time.

All-in-one gammon, egg & chips
Salt beef club with Cajun fries

If you think eating a sandwich for supper feels a little sad, think again. This salt beef club with Cajun fries has to be one of our ultimate solo suppers, assemble it as high as you dare, there’s no one to watch you tuck in after all…

Salt beef club with cajun fries
Spicy beans on toast

Beans on toast is a comfort classic that many of us resort to if left to go it alone. While there is a certain je ne sais quoi that makes the tinned variety hard to resist, we’re also big fans of this homemade version with cumin, coriander and semi-dried tomatoes.

Spicy beans on toast
Chorizo, potato & cheese omelette

Chorizo, potato and cheese omelette folded in a frying pan

Whipping up an omelette has to be the classic choice when dining home alone – but the trick is to make it one to remember. Add chorizo, crispy potatoes and oozing cheese for pure comfort food heaven. You might just end up changing the locks…

Chorizo, potato & cheese omelette 
Sardine storecupboard spaghetti

Whether you have a penchant for munching on raw garlic cloves or eating sardines straight from the can, dining alone means you can do exactly what you want. So there’s nothing to stop you making something messy to eat, that comes with a distinctive aroma to boot. You are likely to already have the ingredients in the cupboards anyway, so you can avoid a trip to the shops, too.

Sardine storecupboard spaghetti
Flash-fried smoked salmon & egg bagel

Fork digging into smoked salmon and dripping poached egg on a bagel

Ok, so technically this should really be for breakfast or brunch, but if you’re feeling tired and a bowl of cereal for supper is starting to look more and more appealing, then this is a great way to hit the spot. Plus, it’s ready in five minutes flat.

Flash-fried smoked salmon & egg bagel
Sausage & mushroom lasagne

Fancy a spot of cathartic cooking without being left with a feast for four? This mouth-watering recipe is perfectly sized for one, and makes for a seriously satisfying evening in alone. Add buttery garlic bread toasts for a touch more indulgence.

Sausage & mushroom lasagne

Mussels in red pesto

As much as we love beans on toast, a speedy and simple supper needn’t start and end with a hunt for the tin opener. Mussels are so much easier to dish up than many people realise, and this beautiful dish is best served with crusty bread or fries.

Mussels in red pesto

Discover more delicious meals-for-one.

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What’s your ultimate solo supper? And do you have any guilty food pleasures you only indulge in alone? We’d love to hear from you…