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Cheap Eats: Budget Recipe Ideas for Under $10


All of these tasty recipes can be made for under 10 dollars, and just because we're pinching a few pennies doesn't mean we have to sacrifice quality - all these budget-friendly ideas are delicious, nutritious, and satisfying.

Penne Pasta with Peas and Prosciutto

Recipe Photo (c) John Mitzewich
This affordable penne pasta recipe certainly doesn’t taste like a "budget" meal, but thanks to some very thin slices of prosciutto, it's inexpensive and delicious. Pasta with peas has always been a dinner staple when times are lean. Not only will you save a few dollars, but this easy-to-make pasta recipe is also very nutritious.

All-American Meatloaf

Recipe Photo © John Mitzewich
This is my personal favorite meatloaf recipe. The pureed vegetables really add a lot of moisture and flavor, as does the classic glaze. Affordable and delicious.

Rainy Day Mac and Cheese

Recipe Photo (c) John Mitzewich
The name of this macaroni and cheese recipe says it all. This is the mac and cheese that put the "comfort" in comfort food. Dig into a dish of this classic, creamy macaroni and cheese anytime you want to warm up from the inside out.

Beefy Corkscrew Casserole

Recipe Photo © John Mitzewich
Don't let the "screwy" name fool you; this beefy corkscrew casserole recipe is delicious and easy. This is a ground beef and pasta bake that everyone will enjoy.

Bacon, Black Bean and Corn Chowder

Recipe Photo © John Mitzewich
If you're a fan of hearty soups, this black bean and corn chowder recipe is for you. The sweet corn is perfect with the black beans, and the chipotle pepper gives this chowder a nice kick.

Elbow Macaroni with Zucchini and Tuna Marinara

Photo (c) John Mitzewich
This healthy and delicious tuna pasta recipe is surprisingly quick and simple to prepare. If the only time you enjoy tuna and macaroni is in tuna casserole, then you need to give this recipe a try.

Turkey Chili

Recipe Photo © John Mitzewich
Lower fat doesn't mean lower favor in this delicious turkey chili recipe. You might make this the first time because it's low-carb, and low-cal, but you'll make it again because it tastes so good!

Sausage and Chicken Gumbo

Recipe Photo © John Mitzewich
This gumbo recipe is a spicy, meaty, comforting Cajun stew, usually served with rice. Andouille sausage is a traditional ingredient in gumbo recipes, but any spicy, smoked sausage will work in this classic American recipe.

Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo

Recipe Photo (c) John Mitzewich
This healthy cauliflower pasta recipe features a much lower fat version of the classic Alfredo cream sauce. This spaghetti recipe only has a small splash of cream, and instead relies on the cauliflower puree to make the delicious creamy sauce.

Spicy White Bean and Chicken Chili

Recipe Photo (c) John Mitzewich
The subtle, smoky heat of chipotle pepper works perfectly in this bean and chicken "white" chili recipe. Thigh meat is the real secret behind this chicken chili recipe, as it gives it a better texture than the usual ground chicken meat, which can get dry.
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