Including an Aldi budget meal planner and Aldi shopping list
If you wonder around Aldi weekly and have no idea what recipes you could be making your family then this post is for you. We have 101 Aldi recipes that will help you fill up your meal planner for a whole week and still keep to your budget.
We all get stuck in a rut when it comes to food and feeding our family. Sticking to a budget weekly food shop isn’t easy, even if you shop at a discounter.
The same rules of shopping savvy should still apply and ignoring all those “special” offer tags can be hard when you know that it’s cheap.
If you are looking for more dinner ideas then have a look at:
31 Aldi Slow Cooker Recipes For The Whole Family – These are the best slow cooker recipes that use Aldi food. You can make them in the morning and have a great meal ready for you by the time you get it.
The Ultimate £1 Per Head Budget Meal Planning List – This is our full list of £1 a head family meals. Use these to help bring your shopping bill right down.
Store Cupboard Meals: 41 Store Cupboard Recipes to Try – If you have a lot of food in your cupboards then use our meal ideas here that will help you save money and cook really yummy family meals.
Here’s our top 3 tips to staying on budget when you’re trying to do the family shop at a discounter:
- Don’t go overboard. Stick to your shopping list and meal plan. You can use ours here by joining The Resource Vault or write a list by hand yourself. It’s easy to get distracted when everything is cheap!
- Watch the packet sizes. Smaller sized items don’t always mean lower prices. Use your phone to do a quick search if you’re unsure. are you really getting good value for money?
- Downshift. Start by buying the very bottom brand and work your way up. You’ll be surprised how nice the very basic item is! If you don’t like it then go up one.
Not knowing what to cook or add to your meal plan for next week can see you leaning toward a quick fix experience ready meal or even a take out.
The below 101 Aldi recipes are perfect if you’re looking for dinner ideas on a budget or just recipes to fill up your meal plan this week.
Aldi shopping list
If you’re looking for weekly meal plans or saving money printables then come join The Resource Vault. It’s free to use and all the resources can be downloaded as many times as you need.
This also includes a range of Aldi budget meal planners and Aldi shopping lists for the whole family so you don’t even have to think about what to cook!
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Aldi meal plan
Before you even step foot in a grocery store make sure you do these 6 things first. all of these will help you save your family money!
Meal Plan Sheets
Depending on how comfortable you are, either find a spare pad or print out 8-10 copies of a weekly meal plan sheet.
You’ll need enough space to write down a simple menu for each day and a shopping list as you go.
You can make your own weekly meal plan or download my meal plans and shopping lists for free from the Resource Vault. Having several copies on hand will help inspire you to get started and keep up the meal plans for several weeks.
Save money on food
No more tins or jars, it really is just as quick to make up a pasta bake sauce or homemade soup then opening one.
Have a look at our £1 meals here that you can make from scratch:
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They are really great if you are short of time or unsure of how to cook your family favourites from scratch.
We tried them and made everything from homemade burgers to curries to kebabs!
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Use your slow cooker
Having a slow cooker to hand means that you can cook loads of meals while you are out. You can also make bulk out slow cooker meals easily with cans of kidney beans or baked beans.
If you don’t own a slow cooker then we use this one, which is a Morphy Richards Slow Cooker Sear and Stew 460012 3.5L Black Slowcooker*.
For slow cooker meals, have a look at:
So here are our 101 Aldi recipes that will give you dinner ideas for tonight plus help you stick to your weekly food budget.
(We are assuming you have some of our budget cupboard staples already brought. If not, please see our full list of Staple Food Store Cupboard Essentials here.)
A lot of these are also perfect for leftovers. So if you make to much, freeze and use again at the end of the week or take for lunch!
We have loads of £1 a head meal ideas here:
The Best Cheap Recipes For Families
The Best Fakeaway Recipes For Under £1 a Head
Cheap Chicken Recipes That Are Under £1 a Head
11 Cheap Pasta Recipes That Are Under £1 a Head
13 Leftover Chicken Recipes That Are Under £1 a Head
7 Simple Minced Beef Recipes
Easy Aldi Recipes
These are Aldi recipes that we use ourselves to save money. Bu using our recipes you could save yourself hundreds of pounds.
Remember that the freezer is always your friend! Buy frozen vegetables and frozen fruit if you can and frozen meat can be defrosted as and when you need it.
We have divided the below recipes for you depended on what meal you are looking for.
These are great for a waffle maker and make a great weekend treat. We have them with frozen fruit or with chocolate spread.
4 large eggs 32p
300g plain flour 30p
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 5p
2 tbsp golden caster sugar 5p
50g butter 25p
600ml semi-skimmed milk £1.20
Total: £2.17 that’s 54p a person.
Breakfast egg wraps
These are great for four people and make a great breakfast on the go. You can add anything to these but our favourite is below:
500g pack closed cup mushrooms £1.50
4 tsp sunflower oil 5p
320g cherry tomatoes 90p
2tbsp parsley 5p
40g porridge oats 10p
10 eggs 80p
4 tsp English mustard powder 7p
Total: £3.92 that’s 98p a person for 4 people.
This is a quick breakfast that is great for the whole family. You can whizz it up and add whatever fruit you like.
1 banana 13p
40g porridge oats 10p
80g frozen soft fruit 75p
150ml milk 30p
1 tsp honey 5p
1 tsp vanilla extract 5p
Total: £1.38 that’s 34p for 4 people.
This eggless recipe makes 10 pancakes which can be frozen then grilled back to warm. They take about 5 minutes to make and about 2 minutes to cook.
150g self-raising flour 10p
1 tablespoon baking powder 2p
1/2 teaspoon salt 2p
2 spoonfuls of maple syrup, or granulated sugar 10p
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 15p
250ml soya milk 17p
Total: 56p that’s 14p per person.
This is a yummy breakfast for the whole family. You make it the night before and add it to the fridge before you go to bed.
¼ tsp ground cinnamon 5p
50g rolled porridge oats 8p
2 tbsp natural yogurt 10p
50g mixed berries 25p
drizzle of honey 5p
Total: 53p that’s 13p per person.
Aldi breakfast with meat or dairy:
We love a classic cooked breakfast. This is really easy to make and is cheap on the wallet too.
4 hash browns 60p
400g tin of baked beans 30p
4 scrambled eggs 32p
Total: £1.22 that’s 30p per person for four people.
Mexican egg roll
This is a quick and easy lunch idea that the kids will love. You can even make these the night before and wrap them in foil and keep in the fridge.
1 large egg 8p
1tbp sunflower oil 5p
2 tbsp tomato salsa 10p
Total: 23p that’s just 5p a person.
These egg muffins are really easy to make and are great for lunch boxes. They are super cheap and you can add anything to them. All you do is mix the ingredients up and then oven cook them for 20 minutes on 180 degrees.
3 eggs 24p
40g red Leicester cheese 75p
Total: 99p that’s 24 a person.
You can add loads to this basic omelette recipe. You can add cheese, herbs, and mushrooms.
3 eggs 24p
1 tsp sunflower oil 5p
1 tsp butter 5p
Total: 34p that’s 8p per person.
This is a quick breakfast meal that you can take on the run if you are running late. You can add anything to these wraps including peppers, tomatoes, chicken or ham. Go crazy and use whatever you have leftover in the fridge.
8 wraps 85p,
100g cheese 50p,
100g ham 25p.
Total: £1.60 that’s 40p for 4 people.
This is a quick and easy breakfast for the whole family. We griddle pan ours on high heat once the egg is mixture is on the bread.
4 eggs 32p
Total: 46p that’s 11p per person.
This may look like a cake but its a yummy and heathly breakfast recipe that you can make at the start of the week and store for the whole week ahead.
100g porridge oats 7p,
200g fat free yogurt 40p,
1 tbsp sugar 5p,
100g defrosted frozen fruit 46p,
3 eggs 16p.
Total: £1.14 that’s 28p for four people.
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees fan. Put the porridge oats, yogurt, sugar and frozen fruits in a bowl. Mix it all together. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs then add them to the other ingredients. Mix together in a bowl. Pour the mixture into a baking tray and cook for around 30 minutes. Like a cake, you will need to check if the middle is cooked. We use a toothpick. If it comes back clean then it is fully cooked inside.
Omelette in a bun
The kids love this omelette recipe. It goes into lunch boxes quickly and is healthy too.
1 tbsp olive oil 5p
1 medium potato 25p
1 spring onion 37p
4 eggs 32p
9 small cherry tomatoes 20p
10g grated cheddar 25p
4 Asda Essential rolls 35p
Total: £1.79 that’s 44p each.
Aldi breakfast products:
Harvest Morn light benefit bars
Harvest Morn Wheaties
Benefit lighter granola with strawberries
Harvest Morn bran flakes with Brooklea Fat Free Greek Style Lemon Yogurt
Everyday Essentials Porridge Oats
Village Bakery Toastie Bread with Banana
Aldi Lunch recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
This is a really easy soup recipe that you can throw into your slow cooker in the morning and have ready by the time you get home.
100g onion 25p,
2 celery sticks 10p
2 carrots 10p
2 leeks 15p
300g chicken breasts £1.25
2l chicken stock 8p
1 tbsp lemon 5p
Total: £1.93 that’s 48p per person.
Sweet Potato Carrot Soup
This sweet potato carrot soup recipe is really easy to make and is great for weekend lunches. Everything you need should be in your cupboard or freezer.
The roasted sweet potatoes taste really nice in this soup.
500g chopped and cubed sweet potatoes 55p
400g tin carrots 49p
3 tbsp olive oil 5p
100g frozen onion 16p
2 garlic cloves 5p
1L vegetable stock 5p
100ml tin coconut milk 82p
10g pinch chilli flakes 10p
Total: £2.27 that’s 56p a person.
Carrot & lentil soup
This is great slow cooker soup recipe that can be made in the morning and ready for when you get home. 2 tsp cumin seeds 5p
1 pinch chilli flakes 5p
2 tbsp olive oil 8p
600g carrots 55p
140g split red lentils 28p
1l hot vegetable stock 5p
125ml milk 85p
Total: £1.91 that’s 47p for four people.
We love this easy parship soup as it can be eaten chunky or smooth. It is really easy to make and tastes great the next day as well. This makes enough for four people but you can double it to make extras for leftovers.
2 tbsp butter 5p,
50g frozen onion 4p,
1 crush garlic clove 5p,
500g parsnips 60p,
500ml vegetable stock 5p,
225ml milk 25p.
Total: £1.04 that’s 26p for four people.
Chicken noodle soup
On a cold winter day, there is nothing better than a warming soup. You can make extra for leftovers. This is made for four but double it for 8 portions.
2 tbsp butter 5p,
50g frozen onion 4p,
400g tin carrots 28p,
1 crush garlic clove 5p,
2 chicken breasts £1.28,
500ml chicken stock 5p,
100g noodles 30p.
Total: £2.05 that’s 51p for four people.
Tomato & lentil soup
We love this soup as you can make it spicy if you prefer abd the lentils in the soup help yo keep you filled up till dinner. This recipe makes enough soup for four people but you can double it to make leftovers for the next day if you prefer.
1 tbsp oil 5p,
400g tin carrots 28p,
50g frozen onion 4p,
100 ml vegetable stock 10p,
400g tin tomatoes 38p,
200g red lentils 50p.
Total: £1.35 that’s 33p for four people.
Start by frying the onions in the pan, then add the carrots. Add the stock, tomatoes and lentils. Bring it all to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes. When ready, blend the soup to your chosen consistency. We like ours smooth.
Aldi lunch ideas:
I do these burritos when I know friends are coming over. I love the idea of everyone helping themselves and tucking straight in.
Frozen onion 10p,
350g long-grain rice 40p,
400g tin Red kidney beans in water 21p,
8 Tortilla wraps 92p,
2 Little Gem lettuce 75p,
31g Fresh basil 80p,
300g Salsa 69p (Optional),
Total: £3.87 that’s 96p for four people.
Eggy cheese crumpets
These eggy cheese crumpets can be grilled once submerged in the egg mixture. They make a great treat breakfast for the whole family.
3 eggs 24p
50ml milk 10p
6 crumpets 25p
250g cherry tomatoes £1
drizzle of vegetable oil 5p
40g cheddar 35p
Total: £1.99 that’s 49p per person.
Spicy mixed bean tortillas
These Spicy mixed bean tortillas are great for weekend days when you want something quick and easy. All of these ingredients come from tins or the freezer.
8 tortilla wraps 85p
200g onion 10p
1 tin of carrots 49p
400g can chopped tomatoes 39p
400g can kidney beans 30p
400g can of mixed beans in a mild chilli sauce 30p
100g mature cheddar cheese, grated 49p
Total: £2.92 that’s 73p for 4 people.
Smoky beans on toast
This is such a easy recipe that is great for the whole family. We like ours spicy but you can easily tone down the spices and mustard if you prefer.
150g rashers streaky bacon 95p
100g frozen onion 16p
400g can baked beans 29p
1 teaspoon brown sugar 6p
1 teaspoon English mustard 5p
1 teaspoon smoked paprika 5p
1 teaspoon ground cumin 5p
10g chopped chillis 5p
250g ciabatta bread £1
Total: £2.66 that’s 66p per person.
These pizza roll ups are great for lunchboxes and great for fussy eaters.
375g Ready-made pastry. £1.75,
100g puree 80p,
100g cheese 95p.
Total: £3.50 that’s 87p for 4 people.
Start by getting the pastry out of the fridge so it can come up to room temp. When ready, spread the puree over the pastry and add the grated cheese. Cut the pastry into lines then shape into circles. Cook for 20 minutes on 180 degrees fan.
Aldi Dinner recipes:
350g Spaghetti 14p
250g Cooking Bacon 37p
62g mushrooms 13p
3 garlic cloves 5p
2 eggs 10p
60g Grana Padano 80p
Total: £1.59 for 4 people that’s 40p a person.
This amazing Carbonara recipe is a really quick family meal that you can put together within 10 minutes. It takes 5 minutes to prep and 13 minutes to cook. Cook the spaghetti first as per the packet instructions, normally for 12 minutes. While it’s cooking, cut the bacon into small chucks and start to fry it. You shouldn’t need any oil, as the bacon is pretty fatty. Add the mushrooms to the frying pan and fry until soft. Add the garlic. Whisk the eggs and Grana Padano cheese together in a bowl. Drain the pasta and add it to the frying pan with the egg mixture. Stir quickly so the egg does not scramble. Salt and pepper to taste.
Penne with Arrabbiata
Now, this arrabbiata is my go to recipe if I fancy a bit of spice. I tame it down a bit for the kids, so might add some chili flakes in at the end for myself and my husband. It takes 20 minutes to boil down but is so worth it.
Wholemeal penne (500g) 55p
Chillies (60g) 55p
Passata (500g) 35p
Vegetable stock (12x10g) 50p
Total: £2.17 that’s 54p for four people.
Italian Meatball Marinara
This is a gorgeous meatball recipe that the whole family will love. It’s a healthy meal that uses a basic tomato sauce recipe that can be used for loads of meals.
500g minced meat £1.99
2 onion 16p
3 glove garlic 7p
1 egg 10p
1 tsp salt 2p
2 tsp low cal spray 10p
1 tin passata 32p
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 3p
Half tablespoon sugar 5p
Half tablespoon salt 3p
210g Spaghetti 8p
Total: £2.95 that’s 73p for four people.
Bacon and Cheese Pasta
This bacon and cheese pasta is my little one’s favorite dinner. She’d eat this every night if we let her, and I have to say, at just £3.41 for the four of us, this is a bargain!
English medium Cheddar cheese £1.74
unsmoked middle bacon £1.04
Total: £3.41 that’s 85p for four people.
Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
This is one of those “chuck in whatever you have” recipes. It’s mega easy and even grilling the tomatoes only takes minutes.
Wholemeal penne (500g) 55p,
Cherry tomatoes (250g) 53p,
Dried basil (14g) 69p,
Total: £1.77 that’s 44p for four people.
Spicy Sausage and Cheese Bake
As long as you have butter, flour, and milk in your cupboards, then this sausage and cheese bake comes in way under budget.
Pasta shapes (500g) 30p,
Thick sausages (12 per pack – 681g) 88p,
Chosen by You English Mature Cheddar (200g) £1.27,
Mozzarella (125g) 44p,
Total: £2.89 that’s 72p for four people.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Cheesy pasta is a family favourite in my house. Try it in the slow cooker for an extra easy weeknight dinner.
200g macaroni pasta 13p,
200g cheese £1,
100g plain flour 10p,
Stock cube 6p,
25g butter 3p,
Total: £1.32 that’s 33p for four people.
This spaghetti bolognese recipe is so simple and the longer you leave it in the more intense the flavour. The sauce can be left to cook all day, ready to be mixed with freshly-cooked pasta when you get home.
1 onion chopped 22p,
1 tbsp tomato puree 10p,
2 tins chopped tomato 58p,
1 tbsp caster sugar or to taste 4p,
1 celery stick chopped 10p,
250g minced beef 83p,
1 carrot chopped 7p,
2 cloves garlic chopped 4p,
1 tsp oregano 2p,
2 large mushrooms chopped 75p,
1 beef stock cubes 6p,
1 handful Parmesan for sprinkling 20p,
Total: £3.01, that’s 75p a head.
Tuscan chicken pasta
This creamy pasta is a real hit in my house. It only takes 15 minutes to cook and is a great fast dinner if you are in a rush. Boil the water for the pasta and add a stock cube. Wait until it has desolved and add the pasta and cook. Normally about 12-15 minutes. In a different pan, add the chicken cubes to the pan. You can use oil but I use a little water to stop it sticking. Add the garlic and tomatoes and simmer on a low heat. Add the cream cheese and cream to the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes or until it looks more reduced. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir.
1 chicken stock cube 5p,
200g Pasta Shapes 15p,
1 tbsp mixed herbs 5p,
2 frozen Chicken Breast Fillets £1.26,
2 garlic 10p,
175g tomatoes 25p,
100g Soft Cheese 26p,
25ml double cream 20p,
400g tin tomatoes 28p,
200g frozen carrots 22p,
100g Spinach Leaves in Water 30p,
50g Grana Padano 73p.
Total: £3.85 that’s 96p for four people.
Chicken and pepper pasta
This creamy pasta recipe is great for the whole family. It uses only frozen vegetables and chicken so is really cheap to make.
100g Lightest Philadelphia 80p
125g Wholemeal pasta 14p
125g Frozen peppers 25p
125g Cherry tomatoes 25p
10g Garlic 2p
400g Frozen chicken breasts £2.54
Total: £4 that’s £1 a head.
Tuna pasta bake
This pasta dish is easy to make and great if you need a quick and cheap meal.
500g pasta 50p
50g butter 10p
50g plain flour 5p
600ml milk 80p
250g strong cheddar £2.15
2 x 160g cans tuna steak in spring water £2.40
330g can sweetcorn 47p
Total: £6.47 that’s £1.61 a person.
All these vegetables can be grilled can be quickly grilled and mixed in with the green pesto and spaghetti. This makes a great and easy family dinner when you are in a rush.
210g spaghetti 25p
2 corn on the cob 95p
100g frozen squash 50p
165g tomatoes 42p
100g spring onions 37p
75g green pesto 37p
Total: £2.86 that’s 71p for 4 people.
Grilled Ratatouille Linguine
This is an easy ratatouille recipe that is really quick to make. You can grill all these vegetables and mix them when ready with the vegetables.
210g linguine 10p
80g courgette, cut into chunks 40p
100g red or yellow peppers, cut into chunks 40p
100g onion 30p
Total: £1.20 that’s 30p per person.
Vegan Mushroom Bolognese
Just like a meaty bolognese, this vegan one makes the best comfort food dish for a weekend. We use mushrooms to get that amazing flavor.
1 onion chopped 22p
1 tbsp tomato puree 9p
2 tins chopped tomato 58p
1 tbsp caster sugar or to taste 4p
1 celery stick chopped 10p
1 carrot chopped 7p
2 cloves garlic chopped 4p
1 tsp oregano 2p
2 large mushrooms chopped 75p
1 vegetable stock cubes 6p
210g spaghetti 25p
Total: £1.94 that’s 48p per person.
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Reading our Budget Meal Planning: How to meal plan so it saves you time and money post here. This will help you to get the basics of meal planning.
Check all your cupboards. Have you got these budget pantry staples? These are going to be your cupboard essentials and will help you bring your shopping bill down.
Grab a piece of paper or use your phone and write down every time you or your family finish something from the cupboards or fridge etc. This gives you a good list to start from when you are trying to meal prep in a hurry.
Pick your meals from the below but remember to check your calendar first. There’s no point deciding to cook a full on family meal if everyone!
Have fun and be flexible! Just because you meal plan doesn’t mean that your food is set in stone. Change it around if you want and add or take away a meal. Just remember to add it to next weeks meal plan and freeze it if needed.
If you have a few fussy eaters at home, don’t worry, you can still shop on a budget. Here’s the recipes we use when our kids don’t want to try new food.
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