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Chole served in bowls with rice

Budget dinner recipes

40 Recipes

Discover budget-friendly lunches and dinners that use affordable storecupboard ingredients to create cheap pasta dishes, soups, curries and stir-fries

For seven days of family-focussed budget meals try our budget family meal plan

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  • Herby paneer baked rice served on a plate

    Herby paneer baked rice

    A star rating of 2 out of 5.4 ratings

    Throw together basmati rice, paneer, mangetout and peas to make this quick and easy veggie dinner for two. It's a great choice for busy weeknights

  • Spicy ‘vedgeree’ served in a casserole dish

    Spicy ‘vedgeree’

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.8 ratings

    Try our veggie twist on kedgeree for a healthy supper. Like the traditional version, it's served with boiled eggs and has a lovely mild curry flavour

  • Jacket potato with whipped feta & sumac

    Jacket potato with whipped feta & sumac

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.32 ratings

    The perfect budget-friendly, filling supper for one. The fragrant, zesty flavour of sumac is a refreshing contrast to the creamy whipped feta

  • Swede gnocchi with crispy sage

    Swede gnocchi with crispy sage

    A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.13 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

  • Chole with cumin rice and raita served with rice

    Chole with cumin rice & raita

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.8 ratings

    Make a chickpea curry served with raita for a brilliant budget-friendly family meal. As well as being quick and easy, it's healthy too

  • Spicy jerk potato & pineapple hash

    Spicy jerk potato & pineapple hash

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.18 ratings

    This easy hash is full of punchy flavours, and makes a satisfying midweek family supper with streaky bacon, pineapple and spicy seasoned potatoes

  • Sardine pasta with crunchy parsley crumbs

    Sardine pasta with crunchy parsley crumbs

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.23 ratings

    An affordable way to include oily fish in your diet. Canned sardines are a great source of omega 3 and add oomph to this simple, family pasta dish

  • Smoked haddock & creamed corn curry

    Smoked haddock & creamed corn curry

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.26 ratings

    Everyone will love this creamy fish curry, cooled down with coconut and sweetcorn. It's budget-friendly too

  • Spicy sausage & bean one-pot

    Spicy sausage & bean one-pot

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.42 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

  • Red lentil & squash dhal

    Red lentil & squash dhal

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.166 ratings

    A hearty budget meal of spiced red lentils with butternut and tomatoes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and a dollop of mango chutney

  • Scandi meatballs

    Scandi meatballs

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.12 ratings

    Put mushroom soup to clever use in this Scandinavian-style beef meatball dish with dill sauce

  • Bhaji frittata

    Bhaji frittata

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.17 ratings

    This lunchbox or picnic-friendly dish takes an Italian-style thick omelette and adds some Indian spice, along with potatoes, peas and coriander

  • Pilchard puttanesca

    Pilchard puttanesca

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.10 ratings

    Raid the storecupboard and knock up this tomato-based Italian pasta supper in twenty minutes.

  • Chorizo & rosemary pearl barley risotto

    Chorizo & rosemary pearl barley risotto

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.99 ratings

    Replace the usual rice with filling, storecupboard barley. Spicy Spanish sausage provides a rich flavour and vibrant colour

  • Udon noodle soup

    Udon noodle soup

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.30 ratings

    A Japanese-inspired teriyaki udon broth with chestnut mushrooms and spinach. A nourishing and light supper

  • Courgette, sausage & rigatoni bakes

    Courgette, sausage & rigatoni bakes

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.20 ratings

    This thrifty and comforting pasta bake for two is made with a punchy garlic and chilli spiked tomato sauce, then topped with mozzarella

  • Roasted beetroot & egg salad

    Roasted beetroot & egg salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    This vegetarian salad with creamy dill dressing and crunchy hazelnuts makes a great lunch, or light main course

  • Coconut & turmeric baked chicken thighs in a casserole dish

    Coconut & turmeric baked chicken thighs

    A star rating of 3.4 out of 5.25 ratings

    Enjoy these coconut and turmeric baked chicken thighs with spring greens and rice for a nutritionally balanced family meal that's big on flavour

  • Gnocchi cacio e pepe served in bowls

    Gnocchi cacio e pepe

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.22 ratings

    Enjoy a comforting bowl of gnocchi with parmesan and black pepper. It's simple but utterly delicious – and the best part is, it only takes seven minutes to make

  • Clementine pork steaks

    Clementine pork steaks

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.14 ratings

    A tasty pork one-pot full of fruity flavours. Try getting creative with your leftovers and replace the pork with turkey or ham

  • Hot pasta salad

    Hot pasta salad

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratings

    This a good source of vitamin C and packed full of veg. Take some to work

  • Buddha bowl salad served in a bowl

    Vegan salad bowl

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Whip up an easy vegan salad, with beans, radish, pickled cabbage and couscous. Bursting with flavour, it makes a satisfying dinner or lunch on the go

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