Budget recipes

On a budget? Whether you’re after cheap family meals, no frills or simply good value, we’ve got ideas for you. Yes, jacket potatoes and pasta feature, but also ways to stretch those more expensive ingredients that bit further to give you bags of flavour for your buck. Step forward chorizo, smoked fish and bacon. We’ve also included some fakeaways, to help you save money when the takeaway urge bites.

If you’re looking for budget meals that are filling and comforting too, check out all our budget pasta recipes, and also find ways to use up leftover chicken.

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Creamy sweetcorn and Tajín pasta

Weekly pasta recipes

Creamy sweetcorn and Tajín pasta

This budget recipe is the storecupbard saviour you didn’t know you needed but will always come back to. Tajín is...

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Sausages with braised celery and chickpeas

Weeknight recipes

Sausages with braised celery and chickpeas

Got sausages in the fridge? We have an simple one-pot dinner for you – with an easy twist. Braising celery...

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Leftover pasta frittata

Leftover lunch recipes

Leftover pasta frittata

Leftover spaghetti is the carb hero of this robust omelette – a bit like potatoes in a Spanish tortilla. This...

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Paneer, tomato and pea curry

Paneer recipes

Paneer, tomato and pea curry

A speedy weeknight curry is always a winner, especially one that doesn’t require lots of fresh ingredients. This vegetarian offering...

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Honey flapjacks

Baking recipes

Honey flapjacks

A simple flapjack is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the complex floral flavours of a good-quality honey. These classic flapjacks...

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Fermented hot sauce

Fermented food recipes

Fermented hot sauce

Far more complex in flavour than its vinegar-based cousins, James Read’s fermented hot sauce is one of the easiest ways...

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Braised sausages, lentils and fennel

One-pot recipes

Braised sausages, lentils and fennel

Georgina Hayden’s braised sausages with fennel and lentils is a weeknight winner. A one-pot family dinner that doesn’t skimp on...

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Pressure cooker pea, mint and parmesan risotto

Pressure cooker recipes

Pressure cooker pea, mint and parmesan risotto

Silky risotto in 20 minutes?! You heard us right. Pressure cookers cook grains super quickly, saving you time and energy....

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Stovetop lemon curd cake

Lemon cake recipes

Stovetop lemon curd cake

Sitting somewhere between a steamed pudding and a traditional cake, this stovetop cake has a soft but dense texture that’s...

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Egg zosui (Japanese rice porridge)

Rice recipes

Egg zosui (Japanese rice porridge)

Use up leftover rice in this traditional egg zosui recipe by food writer Aya Nishimura. The Japanese rice porridge or...

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Dal dhokli

Lentil recipes

Dal dhokli

Dal dhokli is a traditional Gujarati dish of thin, silky dal with dumplings. Nisha Parmar shares her recipe, which makes...

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Spiced kipper fried rice

Dinner inspiration in 20 minutes

Spiced kipper fried rice

Fragrant turmeric, smoky tinned kippers and a lick of chilli take fried rice to a new level in this simple,...

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Potato risotto

Risotto recipes

Potato risotto

This double-carb delight combines two favourite comfort dishes: the relaxing simplicity of a fluffy jacket potato and the soothing process...

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Colcannon with mustard-fried eggs

30-minute meal recipes

Colcannon with mustard-fried eggs

It doesn’t get more comforting than colcannon – cheesy, creamy mashed potato threaded with tender leeks and cabbage (or any...

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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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Jerusalem artichoke and goat’s cheese puff pastry tart

Puff pastry recipes

Jerusalem artichoke and goat’s cheese puff pastry tart

Creamy leeks, nutty jerusalem artichokes and soft goat’s cheese all sing of autumn in this comforting tart. Using ready-rolled pastry...

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