After sorting out bills and paperwork this weekend, I noticed that all our bills are going up. Not only are our monthly bills going up but so is our food bill. I have also noticed that we order takeaway…a lot! It can never be good when your cashback all comes from takeaway. Imagine what else we could be spending that money on?! I have decided to make it my mission to bring our shopping bill down and create some healthy, but cheap eats!
So today I went rummaging in the cupboards and fridge to make something up for lunch. Check out my creamy pasta bake below if you are looking for some cheap eats.
I had some left over bacon, mushrooms that had seen better days, a couple of Batchelors Pasta ‘n’ Sauce (at time of writing, these are on offer at Asda at 2 for £1.00) and some sweetcorn. I would just like to add that the cheese, leek and ham Pasta ‘n’ Sauce has a Carbonara-ish flavour, making it super creamy and delicious.
- Preheat the oven (I think mine was around 200 degrees C)
- Cook the Pasta ‘n’ Sauce according to the packet instructions.
- Slice up the mushrooms and bacon and fry in a little bit of oil. Add the sweetcorn right at the end, just to heat it up.
- Leave the Pasta ‘n’ Sauce for a minute after it has finished cooking to let the sauce thicken up and then chuck in the bacon, mushrooms and sweetcorn.
- Pour the mix into an ovenproof dish and lightly sprinkle with some grated cheese. Pop in the oven just to melt the cheese.
I added some salad and this did us great for a cheap eat at lunch time.
This didn’t look like to was going to make a lot but I would definitely say it would feed four. It only took around 15-20 minutes to make from start to finish and would be perfect for those weekday evenings when you are in a rush or if you need to watch the budget. You could adjust this as needed with whatever you have in the cupboard or fridge. Try with some ham, left over chicken or even some flaked salmon. Try chucking in some other veggies, like peppers or some little broccoli florets.
What’s your favourite cheap eat or go to recipe when you are on a budget? Let me know what you think if you try the recipe or if you try any variations on it. I would love to hear from you.