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Budget dinner recipes

45 Recipes
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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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  • A pot and two plates of beef stir-fry on noodles, next to a glass and peanuts

    Stir-fried beef with ginger

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Forget a takeaway – make this beef and green pepper stir-fry with fragrant lemongrass and ginger instead. Marinate the beef while you prep the other ingredients

  • 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 4.5 out of 5.33 ratings

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

  • Three bowls of pasta with broccoli, sausage and parmesan

    Sausage & broccoli pasta with cheese

    A star rating of 3.4 out of 5.3 ratings

    Get this sausage and broccoli pasta on the table in just 25 minutes. Add fennel seeds if you have them or look for sausages with fennel

  • A platter and plate of rice with courgette, chickpeas, herbs and lemon wedges

    Chickpea & courgette pilaf

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make our pilaf with lemon, courgette and chickpeas for an easy vegetarian midweek meal. Flavour with cinnamon, cumin and coriander if you have them in your storecupboard

  • 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

  • Two plates with beans and cheese on toast

    Turbo beans & cheese on toast

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make an elevated version of beans on toast using your favourite beans, plus tomatoes, garlic and chilli – they're great topped with cheese

  • Chole with cumin rice and raita served with rice

    Chole with cumin rice & raita

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.11 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

  • A platter of spring onion and sweetcorn fritters with lemon wedges and soured cream

    Tuna, spring onion & sweetcorn fritters

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make these easy tuna, sweetcorn and spring onion fritters for a family-friendly meal. They're versatile and can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner

  • 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 5.28 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 5.43 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

  • Two plates of fish curry alongside a pan with rice and lime wedges

    Coconut fish curry & rice

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Cook this flavour-packed coconut fish curry in just 30 minutes for a speedy meal. For a dose of sour use lime juice or tamarind paste if you have it to hand

  • 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

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