Top 10 budget recipes

These clever weeknight dinners are quick to make and extremely tasty. To top it off, every dish costs less than £1.50 a head. Now those are the sort of budget recipes we like.

Top 10 budget recipes

Ready in less than 30 minutes

Lamb and chickpea pilaf

Lamb and chickpea pilaf

Lamb can be expensive, but this Moroccan pilaf rice dish makes a small amount go further, so as well as being super tasty it's also budget friendly.

Fettuccine with melting Brie, cherry tomatoes and basil

Fettuccine with melting Brie, cherry tomatoes and basil

Pasta coated in melting Brie is a quick and easy vegetarian dish to whip up for a weeknight supper so you can put your feet up in front of the TV.

 


Ready in under an hour

Spicy sausage penne

Spicy sausage penne

Sausages and pasta in a chilli tomato sauce is a cheap and easy midweek meal that's sure to satisfy everyone.

Spicy pork-meatball pittas with harissa mayo and sweet potato wedges

Spicy pork-meatball pittas with harissa mayo and sweet potato wedges

These spicy pork meatballs in pittas are perfect finger food and they can also be frozen.

Leek, goat’s cheese and crispy bacon risotto

Leek, goat’s cheese and crispy bacon risotto

Sweet leeks, creamy goat's cheese and crispy bacon are a marriage made in food heaven in this fabulous risotto that's as kind to your budget as it is to your taste buds.

Chicken enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas

This cheesy, saucy Mexican chicken dish is a great alternative to fajitas for those tortilla wraps lurking in your store cupboard and any leftover chicken. It's a great dish to prepare ahead and then bake when you're ready.

Chilli and lime crusted salmon with creamy, herby lentils

Chilli and lime crusted salmon with creamy, herby lentils

This crusted salmon recipe with Puy lentils is the perfect dish for midweek entertaining – impressive but very simple to make.

Hot-crumbed baby mozzarella, beetroot and potato salad

Hot-crumbed baby mozzarella, beetroot and potato salad

Nothing could be more tempting than hot crumbed mozzarella balls as the cheese melts delightfully in your mouth. Crispy potatoes and sweet beetroot add great taste and texture to this sumptuous salad.

 


Takes an hour or more

Classic moussaka

Classic moussaka

Moussaka is a classic Greek dish made from aubergines and lamb mince. It is the perfect prepare ahead dish as it is traditionally eaten warm, not hot, and can also be eaten at room temperature.

Creamy chicken and butternut squash gratin

Creamy chicken and butternut squash gratin

This is comfort food at its best - chicken and butternut squash in a creamy sauce, topped with crunchy ciabatta pieces and cheese. Another bonus is it's suitable for freezing.

 

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