Budget pasta recipes

Pasta is a great thrifty way to bulk up meals. Try our favourite budget pasta dishes to help with both empty stomachs… and wallets.

Try our creamy fettucine alfredo, a spicy sausage and chilli ragu, vegan squash macaroni cheese and lots more.

For all our thrifty recipes, check out the full budget recipes collection here. Plus, two low-cost superheroes team up in our sausage pasta recipes.

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Brothy tortelloni with beans

Weekly pasta recipes

Brothy tortelloni with beans

Speedy dinners don’t have to be boring. Cooking shop-bought filled pasta in a garlic and chilli-spiked broth with creamy beans...

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Pea green orzotto

Easy orzo recipes

Pea green orzotto

Everyone loves the ease of orzo, or risoni as it’s known in Italy. This beautiful, bright green orzotto has the...

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Walnut and four-herb pesto pasta

30-minute meal recipes

Walnut and four-herb pesto pasta

Use our fabulous, freeze-ahead easy green sauce to make this delicious walnut pesto pasta in a flash. A great speedy...

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Tuna puttanesca ragù

Weekly pasta recipes

Tuna puttanesca ragù

This tuna pasta isn’t your usual. Puttanesca is usually a fresh and zingy dish, but whizzing up the olives and...

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Green mac and cheese with bacon crumb

Macaroni cheese recipes

Green mac and cheese with bacon crumb

The cavolo nero leaves in this mac and cheese are whizzed smooth while the stems are quick pickled, then stirred...

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Spaghetti aglio e olio

Easy student recipes

Spaghetti aglio e olio

Aglio e olio is simple Italian cooking at its finest. Originally from Naples, this pasta dish shows how just a...

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Orzo carbonara

Easy dinner party mains

Orzo carbonara

It certainly won’t please any Italians, but making carbonara with orzo instead of the more usual spaghetti or rigatoni creates...

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Bucatini cacio e pepe

30-minute meal recipes

Bucatini cacio e pepe

Cacio e pepe is one of those dishes that rely on the method as much as the ingredients. This one,...

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Speedy tagliatelle with ‘nduja, mascarpone and spinach

'Nduja recipes

Speedy tagliatelle with ‘nduja, mascarpone and spinach

This easy budget tagliatelle dish scores high for its sustainability and budget credentials, because it uses little energy. Capturing the...

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Speedy anchovy and broccoli pasta

Budget recipes

Speedy anchovy and broccoli pasta

This is a sustainable and budget-friendly winner of a dinner. Capturing the residual heat of boiling water is all that’s...

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Lentil and mushroom ragù with spaghetti

Lentil recipes

Lentil and mushroom ragù with spaghetti

Lentil ragù offers all the rich depth of its meatier counterparts, finished with a dollop of luxurious mascarpone for the...

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Creamy mushroom linguine

Creamy pasta recipes

Creamy mushroom linguine

Welcome in the autumn months with this warming, creamy bowlful of mushrooms and herbs folded through silky threads of linguine....

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Chorizo pasta with pangrattato

Dinner inspiration in 20 minutes

Chorizo pasta with pangrattato

This easy chorizo pasta recipe uses a mix of chorizo and beans to create a filling, budget-friendly dinner. It’s topped...

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Pasta with beans and sausages

15-minute meal recipes

Pasta with beans and sausages

This riff on pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans) is big on flavour and low on budget. Feed a family...

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Lemon pasta

15-minute meal recipes

Lemon pasta

Pasta al limone is a classic Italian storecupboard dinner. The key players are anchovies, olives, lemons and stale bread, and...

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Smoky aubergine pasta

Budget pasta recipes

Smoky aubergine pasta

This take on Sicily’s aubergine pasta sauce (pasta alla Norma) uses some of the traditional ingredients, but we’ve griddled the...

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