Eating well on a budget doesn't have to be difficult or boring. With a little planning and creativity, you can easily create delicious and affordable dinner meals that your whole family will enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite budget dinner ideas:
Pumpkin Soup (with Canned Pumpkin)
This creamy Pumpkin Soup recipe is savory, gently spiced, and takes less than 30 minutes to make. It's a last-minute delicious soup you'll want to make again and again.
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Cajun Chicken Pasta
Our easy one-pan Cajun Chicken Pasta is a surefire crowd-pleaser and delivers both spicy and creamy flavors in one simple pasta dish.
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Ham And Noodle Casserole
Our family loves this quick and easy, hearty Ham and Noodle Casserole (German: Nudelauflauf mit Schincken). Creamy homemade sauce, chunks of savory ham, and velvety egg noodles unite under a layer of melt-in-your-mouth Swiss cheese.
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Tortellini Soup is a delicious, hearty soup recipe that's simple to whip up and perfect for busy weeknights. It's packed with veggies, a savory broth, and rich cheese tortellini. We've also snuck in some fresh spinach for a little boost of protein.
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Easy Shepherd's Pie
This fuss-free way to make egg rolls is so easy! Make these for dinner and serve over rice for a cheap and filling dinner option that the whole family will love for its take-out flavor.
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Dirty Rice With Sausage
Dirty Rice with Sausage is a one-pot wonder that'll satisfy even the hungriest crowds. Ground beef, sausage, and a touch of Cajun seasoning come together in one pot for an easy, flavor-packed meal!
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If you're looking for an easy-to-make, delicious comfort food recipe, you will love American Goulash. Perfectly cooked ground beef cooked in a deliciously spiced tomato sauce, with tender pasta, and topped with Cheddar cheese.
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Ground Beef Stroganoff
If you're looking for a yummy dinner that doesn't skimp on flavor or require much time or effort, this flavorful Ground Beef Stroganoff is just what you need!
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Chicken And Rice Casserole
Chicken and Rice Casserole is the perfect comfort food that is both delicious and easy to make. Juicy rotisserie chicken, fluffy rice, and veggies are baked to perfection with bubbly, golden cheese on top.
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Spicy Roasted Tomato and White Bean Stew
This stew is hearty and healthy; it has protein-packed white beans and tasty roasted tomatoes. This is one yummy way to fill up a family and stretch a food budget a little further.
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Easy Tomato Soup
This rustic homemade Tomato Soup Recipe is easy to make and incredibly flavorful. The stars of this showstopper soup are fresh, ripe, and juicy tomatoes, complimented by fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil. It is so simple but oh so flavorful!
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Ground Beef Quesadillas
You can’t go wrong with beef and cheesy quesadillas for a cheap and filling family meal. Serve with chips and salsa and a little sour cream or guacamole if you like.
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Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef
Stuff some shells with meat, cheese, and sauce for a delicious and easy dinner idea that pairs well with a salad and bread for a budget-friendly dish. This is a great dish to add extra veggies to to stretch your grocery budget even further!
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Juicy ground beef and a medley of fresh veggies are perfectly seasoned and simmer in a flavorful tomato beef broth and then combined with pasta shells.
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Vegetarian Fajita Pasta
This vegetarian pasta dish has fajita flavor without the meat for a budget-friendly family meal idea. This is so easy to make and so tasty! Your family will love this spicy take on pasta for dinner.
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Skip delivery and get pizza flavor from the air fryer with these crispy, cheesy pizza quesadillas. You can add your favorite toppings like onions, peppers, tomato chunks or even mushrooms for a fast and tasty cheap dinner idea.
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Bring two favorite meals together into one epic mashup with this budget-friendly taco lasagna! It is meaty, cheesy, and just spicy enough to tantalize your taste buds.
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Air Fryer Biscuit Pizzas
Make these biscuit pizzas in your air fryer for the cheapest and easiest way to make pizza night at home! You can add your favorite toppings or keep it simple with pepperoni and cheese.
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Vegan Taco Soup
This soup might be vegan, but it delivers the flavor of tacos in each tasty bite. With plenty of beans, onions, peppers, and corn, this soup is extra satisfying! Serve with chips, crackers, or over potatoes if you like.
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Chicken Noodle Soup
You can’t go wrong with a cheap and filling pot of chicken noodle soup for a budget-friendly family meal. This recipe is yummy, especially if you could use classic comfort food on a cold day!
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Instant Pot Southern Style Ham and Beans
Get a wholesome, stick-to-your-ribs meal ready in an instant with this recipe. Use leftover holiday ham to make these beans even more economical. Serve with something simple like fried potatoes with onions or cornbread for a filling meal.
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Carrot and Celery Soup
This is just the thing to make when your grocery budget is stretched thin. With carrots and celery, this meal
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Chicken and Biscuit Skillet
What could be better than chicken and biscuits for a cozy dinner? This recipe is sure to satisfy your craving for comfort food while stretching your grocery budget. It has pot pie flavor in each bite.
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Instant Pot Spaghetti
Get a classic budget meal on the table in no time when you let your instant pot do the cooking! This recipe is cheap, filling, and, best of all, delicious. The entire family will enjoy this easy dinner.
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Italian Chicken Quarters
Chicken leg quarters are easy to prepare and have so much flavor. This budget-friendly main course has the best Italian flavors for a cozy homemade meal that will satisfy your hunger after a long day at work.
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