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Budget Valentine's Day recipes

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There's no need to spend a fortune on a special meal this Valentine's Day with our romantic, budget-friendly recipes for two. Make storecupboard spaghetti or marvellous mussels.

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  • Close up of perfect spaghetti carbonara on a plate ready to eat

    Ultimate spaghetti carbonara recipe

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.616 ratings

    Discover how to make superb spaghetti carbonara. This cheesy pasta dish is an Italian favourite and with the right technique, you can make it perfect every time

  • Spaghetti puttanesca served in a pan

    Spaghetti puttanesca

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.94 ratings

    Cook up this classic sauce in one pan, then toss with spaghetti for a simple midweek meal. It's budget-friendly too, making it a great meal for the family

  • Budget-friendly leek, butter bean & crispy chorizo soup in a simple bowl

    Leek, butter bean & crispy chorizo soup

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.36 ratings

    Blend leeks and butter beans to make this filling winter soup. Top with crispy chorizo and rosemary for a final flourish and serve with crusty bread

  • Mash topped with hazelnuts and ragu on plate

    Sausage & hazelnut ragu with celeriac mash

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.7 ratings

    Make the family this ragu with celeriac mash and it will soon become part of your repertoire. This easy, budget recipe also counts as three of your 5-a-day

  • Chorizo hummus served in a bowl with flatbread

    Chorizo hummus bowl

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.9 ratings

    Add chorizo and kale to hummus for a dish that's packed with protein and flavour. Drizzle over olive oil and serve with flatbread to make lunch for one

  • Lemon pepper steaks with hazelnut salsa verde

    Lemon pepper steaks with hazelnut salsa verde

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.5 ratings

    This lemon pepper steak recipe is a real treat for two and won't break the bank. Serve with seasonal celeriac chips and crunchy toasted hazelnuts

  • Butterscotch banana pie

    Butterscotch banana pie

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.10 ratings

    This impressive looking salted caramel dessert is fit for a dinner party table, uses storecupboard ingredients and is ready in under half an hour

  • Swede gnocchi with crispy sage

    Swede gnocchi with crispy sage

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.11 ratings

    Using much overlooked swede, you can create a budget-friendly, restaurant worthy gnocchi main course. Top with butter-fried herbs for a simple veggie dish

  • Apple crumble sundae

    Apple crumble sundae

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.19 ratings

    Ready in no time, this simple budget sundae will satisfy any midweek sweet cravings. If you're looking for a pudding you can whip up in a flash, this is it

  • Gnocchi with mushrooms & blue cheese 2016

    Gnocchi with mushrooms & blue cheese

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.178 ratings

    Soft, creamy goat's cheese or a deliciously strong blue cheese both work well in this easy veggie supper that's on the table in just 20 minutes

  • 5-minute mocha pots

    5-minute mocha pots

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.8 ratings

    This dreamy dessert is ready in under 10 minutes. Use milk chocolate if you're feeding young children

  • Mussel mouclade pasta

    Mussel mouclade pasta

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratings

    The slight spice of mild curry powder enhances rather than overpowers the mussels in this pasta dish - great budget treat for two

  • Easy caramel cake served on a cake stand

    Easy caramel cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.61 ratings

    Need to make a celebration cake at short notice? This foolproof, showstopping caramel cake uses storecupboard ingredients and is quick to whip up

  • Chocolate cake in slices on platter topped with marmalade

    Sticky chocolate cake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.19 ratings

    Bake this super easy chocolate cake with just a handful of storecupboard ingredients. Use marmalade (or jam if you prefer) to keep it moist and fruity

  • Sautéed artichokes, potatoes & egg

    Sautéed artichokes, potatoes & egg

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.4 ratings

    A handful of basic ingredients combined with storecupboard artichokes and you've got a speedy supper with a touch of lux

  • Peppered potato soup

    Peppered potato soup

    A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.10 ratings

    This thrifty dinner party leek and potato soup recipe has an attractive pale colour from using the bottom end of the allium and a bouquet garni

  • Easy jam tarts on a serving board

    Easy jam tarts

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.41 ratings

    Bake our easy jam tarts and they'll instantly become a family favourite – plus, you can make them in less than half-an-hour if you use ready-made pastry.

  • Mussels, white wine & parsley

    Mussels, white wine & parsley

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.13 ratings

    British mussels are cheap, sustainable and surprisingly simple to cook. Follow Mary Cadogan’s step-by-step guide to preparing mussels

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