Here are some cheap and easy Autumn recipes to get you through the season 🙂
This blog will include a list of ingredients to buy, the cost (from Tesco) and step-by-step instructions on how to produce some great Autumnal meals!
Spaghetti Bolognaise (for one)
- 100g beef mince
- Half an onion
- Half a garlic clove
- 25g carrots
- Half a tin of chopped tomatoes
- 100ml of stock (ideally beef)
- 100g dried spaghetti
- Salt and pepper
Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the beef mince and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook the mince until well browned.
Add the onions and fry for 5-6 minutes, or until they are soft
Then add the garlic and grated carrot and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and stock to the pan and stir well to mix. Simmer for 45 minutes and then season to taste.
When it is ready cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet and then serve. It is great with grated cheese on the top!
And there you have it 🙂
Cost: £1.29 per serving (est.)
Chicken Tikka Masala (for one)
- Vegetable oil
- Half an onion
- 1 teaspoon of Chicken Tikka Masala paste
- Half a red pepper
- 1 chicken breast diced
- Half a can of chopped tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon of tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon of mango chutney
- 15ml of double cream
- 15ml of natural yoghurt
- Chopped coriander leaves
- Heat the oil and butter in a pan and add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook for 15-20 minutes until soft and golden. Add the paste and peppers, then cook for 5 minutes more.
- Add the chicken and stir well. Cook for 2 minutes and then tip in the tomatoes, puree and 20ml water. Cover and simmer for 15 mins until the chicken is cooked.
- Stir in the mango chutney, cream and yogurt and leave to heat. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve with basmati rice and naan bread.
Cost: £1.38 per serving (est.)
Tomato Soup (serves 4, but suitable to freeze)
- Olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- Handful of basil leaves
- 600ml milk
- Heat the olive oil in a pan, then tip in the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion has softened and stir in the tomato puree.
- Pour in the chopped tomatoes and basil leaves, and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 15 mins until thick.
- To finish the soup, tip the tomato mixture into a pan. Pour over 1 tbsp or so of the milk and mix together until there are no lumps.
- Bring up to a boil (the mixture will froth, but don’t worry, it will go away).
- Simmer until ready to serve!
Cost: 30p (est. per serving)
I hope that you enjoy these recipes, that are relatively easy to make from scratch and are a lot healthier than buying a jar or a ready meal version, whilst also being cheap!