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10 Meals You Can Make For Less Than $10 Each

Looking to cut back on your grocery bill? We've picked out 10 clever recipes that use cheaper pantry staples, but definitely don't skimp on flavor. These delicious meals are sustaining, easy to make, and perfect for weeknight family dinners - and in most cases, will run you less than $10 to make. Enjoy!

1. Southwest Chicken

Rave Review: "We really enjoyed this! And healthy too. I served this with Mexican rice and fresh fruit as an appetizer. A total success, and the left overs kept well also. I'll definitely make it again." — LWYANCEY

Southwest Chicken

Photo by by cookin'mama

2. Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

Rave Review: "The whole family loved it! Even my toddlers! The flavor of the smoked sausage permeates the whole meal." — MommaLady

Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

Photo by Molly

3. Red Beans and Rice

Rave Review: "This recipe was everything I had on hand and was so easy to make. Should have doubled the recipe because it was so good and my family wanted more of it. Great for cold weather!" — majestic

Red Beans and Rice

Photo by Meredith

4. Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Rave Review: "This was a wonderful, simple recipe that uses everyday ingredients, yet still tastes terrific. This is one of the few recipes I used that did not need adjustments, it was great as is!" — Allegra


5. One Pan Orecchiette Pasta

Rave Review: "This dish is so simple and flavorful!! I used medium shells instead of orecchiette but only because my local grocery didn't have orecchiette. Definitely a keeper!"  — ArikSavage

One Pan Orecchiette Pasta

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

6. Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

Rave Review: "I made this recipe EXACTLY as stated, and it came out so much better than I imagined it would! I thought it would be cheap and cheerful, and useful as a side to something, but it is absolutely delicious!"  — Katy

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

Photo by voraciousgirl

7. Baked Ziti

Rave Review: "I LOVE this recipe! It makes wonderful leftovers too. I make this on Sunday nights and have leftovers for lunch all week!" — paynes

Baked Ziti

Photo by Meredith

8. Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

Rave Review: "This is a simple, quick, and delicious recipe. My wife just love this, that I end up making it at least once a week." — Angelo Lombardi

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

9. Original Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Rave Review: "We had this for dinner last night and thought is was just DELICIOUS! A quick, tasty and very economical dinner." — DLA IN BETHANY

Original Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Photo by Naples34102

10. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Rave Review: "Absolutely fantastic and easy to make. Got asked for the recipe from a few friends too!" — Kim C

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Photo by Abapplez


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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at