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The Best Cheap Pasta Recipes That Are Under £1 a Head

The Best Cheap Pasta Recipes That Are Under £1 a Head

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These are easy pasta recipes

These quick pasta recipes are great for the whole family. They come in at under £1 a head for four people. We all know that pasta is a cheap ingredient and a great store cupboard staple.

You can use it with pretty much anything to make a quick and easy lunch or dinner for the whole family.

Don’t forget that you can batch book pasta and use it the next day as well.

If you are looking for more east and cheap £1 a head recipes then have a look at:

The Ultimate £1 Per Head Budget Meal Planning List – This is our full list of £1 a head meals that you can use to fill up your meal plan.

Store cupboard meals: 41 store cupboard recipes to try – If you have a lot of food in your cupboard or need to start saving money then try these meals. Using one of these meals a week can seriously help you save money.

Cheap chicken recipes that are under £1 a head – Chicken is a great cheap meat that you can use throughout the week. We buy frozen chicken and defrost as and when we need it. These recipes will help you to keep your shopping bill down.

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Cooking as a beginner

It can seem really daunting at the start to cook cheap meals if you’ve never done it before. Start small and swap your favourite meal. So for example, if it’s spaghetti bolognese then use our recipe below to cook the sauce from scratch. If it’s lasagne then that can be made without jars too. Cooking from scratch really can save you money.

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Budget pasta recipes

These are the best cheap pasta recipes that are great for families. You can use tin and frozen vegetables as these are pre-cut and many of these work great in the slow cooker. It does mean that you have to cook the pasta separately though.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese in a white bowl

This is the best spaghetti bolognese recipe that you will ever taste. It’s so easy to make and can be put into the slow cooker too.

Read how we make The Best Ever Slimming World Spaghetti Bolognese here.

Low-calorie cooking spray 5p
1 onion, grated 10p
2 carrots, grated 8p
1 garlic clove, grated 5p
500g 5% lean beef mince £2.59
400g can chopped tomatoes 39p
2 tsp dried oregano 2p
1 beef stock cube 5p
350g dried spaghetti 30p
Total: £3.63 (that’s 91p a head 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.

Read how to make our Easy Creamy Chicken and Pepper Pasta here.

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.

Spaghetti Meatballs

This meatball recipe is packed full of goodness and is really easy to make. It’s cheap and can be made with any vegetables you have leftover in the fridge or freezer.

Read how we make our Spaghetti Meatball Recipe For 73p a Head here.

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 = 73p 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.

Bacon and Cheese Pasta

This bacon and cheese pasta is my little one’s favourite 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!

Tin mushrooms 22p
400g Cheddar cheese £1.74
Unsmoked middle bacon £1.04
Pasta 31p
100g frozen onion 8p
Total: £3.41 that’s 84p a person.

Penne Pasta Arrabbiata

Tomato pasta recipe

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 chilli flakes in at the end for myself and my husband. It takes 20 minutes to boil down but is so worth it.

500g Wholemeal penne 55p
100g Frozen onion 22p
60g dried chillies 55p
400g Passata 35p
Vegetable stock 5p
Total: £2.17 that’s 54p a person.

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.
500g wholemeal penne 55p
250g cherry tomatoes 53p
14g Dried basil 69p
Total: £1.77 that’s 44p a person.

Spaghetti Carbonara

This carbonara goes down a treat in my house. I use cheddar instead of parmesan so it can be used throughout the week, and any streaky bacon left can be chucked in something else.

500g spaghetti 20p
Unsmoked Streaky Bacon (275g) £1.04
6 eggs 89p
Extra Mature Cheddar (250g) £1.50
Total: £2.39 that’s 59p a person.

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.

500g pasta 30p
681g frozen sausages 88p
200g Mature Cheddar £1.27
125g mozzarella 44p
Total: £2.89 that’s 72p a person.

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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.

Pesto pasta

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.

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 JUST ESSENTIALS by ASDA Pasta Shapes 15p,

1 tbsp mixed herbs 5p,

2 JUST ESSENTIALS by ASDA frozen Chicken Breast Fillets £1.26,

2 garlic 10p,

175g tomatoes 25p,

100g JUST ESSENTIALS by ASDA 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.

Chipotle Pasta

This is a great vegan pasta recipe for the whole family. It makes a creamy vegan pasta sauce that has zero lumps as you blend it all together then heat it in the pan.

100g Almonds £1.40

50g Almond milk 10p

50g Chipotle pepper 30p

10g Garlic 5p

75g Water 5p

55g Tomato 25p

5g Lemon juice 2p

210g spaghetti 25p

Total: £2.42 that’s 60p for 4 people.

Vegan Lasagna

This lasagna will get the whole family asking for more. It does take a while to make the white sauce as it needs to thicken. Once both sauces are ready then layer it up with the sliced tomatoes on top. We cook it until the white sauce has set so about 20 minutes for us.

For the lasagna:

4 lasagna sheets 13p

140g firm tofu £1

5g olive oil 2p

100g frozen onion 15p

3 garlic cloves 5p

2g dried oregano 2p

100g mushrooms 25p

225g frozen spinach 37p

White sauce:

5g olive oil 2p

100g all-purpose flour 25p

50g almond milk 10p

5g. nutritional yeast 10p

5g garlic powder 5p

55g 3 tomatoes 25p

Total: £2.76 that’s 69p a person.

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 a person for four people.

Laura x

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These are the best cheap pasta recipes that are perfect for the whole family. They are easy to make and great if you are in rush by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums.

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