Easy student recipes

Student recipes needn’t be boring. We’ve selected easy recipes that are cheap, quick and tasty, to help you eat well as you study or if you’re heading off to university for the first time. Some of our favourite cheap student meals include tuna and broccoli pasta bake, spaghetti bolognese and a warming veggie chilli.

Get some basic student recipes under your belt, including a classic tomato sauce, smashed avocado on toast and traditional pancakes for Shrove Tuesday – plus chocolate cookies to share with new friends.

With a few ingredients, you can transform cheap student meal staples like rice, pasta and eggs into dishes like sausage, fennel and mascarpone orzo, smoky jollof or turmeric eggs with spinach. Lentils are another great option – try our red lentil dal or coconut dal – and you can swap the packaged stuff for the real deal with our easy chicken ramen bowls.

Lucky enough to have an air fryer at university? Our air fryer chicken breast salad is a must-make, along with a speedy marinated air fryer salmon.

If you need to stretch that student budget, check out the rest of our budget recipes and cheap healthy ideas, too.

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Cottage cheese and chive scones

Scone recipes

Cottage cheese and chive scones

Cottage cheese is enjoying a resurgence in popularity – and we couldn’t be more thrilled! It gives these deliciously savoury...

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Air fryer pork chops

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer pork chops

Pork chops are one of the most underrated pieces of meat out there – and an air fryer can cook...

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Air fryer bacon

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer bacon

Completely fuss-free bacon without the need to flip it in the pan? Sign us up. Air fryer bacon couldn’t be...

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Air fryer yorkshire puddings

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer yorkshire puddings

It might make a Yorkshire native faint in horror, but you can make cracking yorkshire puddings in an air fryer...

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Air fryer pork belly strips

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer pork belly strips

Kept succulent with our water trick, these air fryer pork belly strips are like an even tastier pork chop, with...

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Air fryer chips

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer chips

It’s the reason why many of us bought an air fryer in the first place, and after painstaking research and...

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Air fryer chicken thighs

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer chicken thighs

These simple air fryer chicken thighs are the best we’ve made, thanks to a little science and a light coating...

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Air fryer cheese toastie

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer cheese toastie

A cheese toastie is the ultimate go-to when you’re hungry but in a rush. An air fryer toastie is perfectly...

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Penne all’arrabbiata

Weekly pasta recipes

Penne all’arrabbiata

Penne all’arrabbiata is a classic pasta dish and is proof that a few good ingredients can create greatness. It hails...

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Indo-Chinese soya chilli

Chilli recipes

Indo-Chinese soya chilli

Chef Aktar Islam loves to make this flavour-packed vegan chilli at home. The Indo-Chinese chilli is made with soya chunks,...

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Perfect pan-fried chicken breasts

Chicken breast recipes

Perfect pan-fried chicken breasts

Pan-fried chicken breasts in a speedy yet devastatingly delicious sauce are the perfect starting point for a million different meals....

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Air fryer baked potatoes

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer baked potatoes

If you like your baked potatoes extra crisp, an air fryer is the way to go – it saves energy...

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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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Moujadara (Lebanese rice and lentils)

Rice recipes

Moujadara (Lebanese rice and lentils)

Food writer Angela Zaher shares her recipe for moujadara. This traditional Lebanese dish of rice and lentils is served with...

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Fridge-raid thoran

Sustainable recipes

Fridge-raid thoran

Spice up your leftover greens with this bright, tropical thoran. It’s a particularly useful recipe to have on hand after...

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Parsnip, carrot and red lentil dal

Lentil recipes

Parsnip, carrot and red lentil dal

Sweet root vegetables give a twist on coconut dal in this simple vegan supper. Parsnips and carrots are cooked with...

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