Budget Cooking Recipes

Learn how to feed your family and stretch your budget with these inexpensive recipes.

Staff Picks

One-Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
This one-pot ground beef stroganoff is creamy and delicious! My family loved the boxed version of ground beef stroganoff, but we have done away with processed foods. I created this out of necessity, and they don't miss the box at all!

Five-Ingredient Red Curry Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 27
Five-ingredient red curry chicken with noodles is easy, quick, and inexpensive to make. Sweetened with coconut milk for unbelievable flavor! Top with chopped cilantro, green onions, and red chile peppers if desired.

Cast Iron Honey-Sriracha Glazed Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: 4.5 stars 64
I combined 3 recipes to create tender juicy chicken with an awesome honey-sriracha glaze. If you've always wanted to cook more stuff with turnips, give this a try. Aside from the delicious sauce, the most important part of this dish is using the high heat of cast iron to brown the chicken and vegetables before finishing in the oven.

They Didn't Have 'Budgets' but My Grandmothers Taught Me How to Save While Shopping, Cooking, and Feeding a Family

From bags of flour to bushels of homegrown produce, my grandmothers taught me as much about living frugally as they did about cooking.
By Amy Barnes

Chef John's Spaghetti al Tonno

Rating: 4.5 stars 69
Spaghetti al tonno is one of my all-time favorite go-to pasta dishes. I love a classic meat sauce as much as the next half-Italian, but when I want something quick and easy for a weeknight meal, I reach for the tuna. What if you don't like fish? Then this is perfect. The taste and texture is really closer to a veal sauce than one made with fish.

Egg and Potato Curry

Rating: 4 stars 5
North Indian in origin, I was very grateful to have found this recipe. It is very similar to what was served to us by our Bengali neighbors years ago! Serve hot with a side of thickly sliced bread.

Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 862
Come home at the end of the day to a richly spiced broth filled with lentils, ham and veggies. Pair it up with cornmeal muffins and you have a great meal!

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 17590
This is a great recipe that I found in my Grandma's recipe book. Judging from the weathered look of this recipe card, this was a family favorite.
By dakota kelly

Easy Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Rating: 5 stars 1119
Hot jumbo buttermilk biscuits with creamy sausage gravy are ready in just 15 minutes for a hearty, family-favorite breakfast.

Sloppy Joes II

Rating: 4.5 stars 7685
This is the recipe my mother used for sloppy joes and it always gets compliments!
By Tamara

Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 891
A very quick and easy fix to a tasty side-dish. Fancy, designer mac and cheese often costs forty or fifty dollars to prepare when you have so many exotic and expensive cheeses, but they aren't always the best tasting. This recipe is cheap and tasty.
By g0dluvsugly

Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 3395
When you don't have time to make your soup totally from scratch, this is a very easy, very good substitute.

Inspiration and Ideas

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