Cheap family meals: Recipes under £1 per head

Our collection of cheap family meals are perfect if you're looking for easy recipes that won't break the bank.
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  • This is how much it will cost to make some of your family favourites as well as how much they cost per head too. You'll be surprised how cheaply you can make these!

    Our cheap family meals are perfect for those in search of quick and easy recipes that are budget-friendly. In fact, all these come in at under £1 a head!

    These cheap family meals are perfect if you are trying to cook on a budget and don’t want to scrimp on flavour or comfort. It really is easy to cook on a budget with these dinner recipes for under £1 per head including delicious risotto, sausage casserole, pasta bake and more! And what’s even better, is that many of these delicious meals come from recipes that exclusively use just store cupboard ingredients, so they’re great if you have to rustle something up in a hurry.

    Most of them can also be made with leftovers from Sunday lunch, so you’ll always have ideas for something to cook for Monday’s dinner if you’ve had a big lunch over the weekend. There’s no need to throw any of the meat away, as leftover lamb, chicken and beef all taste great the following day – especially when made into something delicious like a casserole or pie.

    Now with summer upon us, you’ll be wanting to change up your lunch and meal routines and go for some lighter options. Summer lunches are a great opportunity to experiment with salads and other things you wouldn’t normally try, without having to break the bank.

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    Cutting down on your food bill doesn’t mean missing out on a good hearty dinner though. Whether it’s comfort food you’re after or a nice healthy dish instead. Rustle up a classic carbonara for only £2.99 or how about fish cakes serving 4 people at £3.89. We’ve worked it all out for you – from the ingredients you’ll need and how much they should cost you.

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    Note: Prices are average and were calculated via

    We assume you have basics e.g. oil, flour, butter, milk, soy sauce, dried herbs, stock cubes – alternative ingredients used without compromising recipe – serves 4 unless otherwise stated.