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!
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
Rave Review: “The whole family loved it! Even my toddlers! The flavor of the smoked sausage permeates the whole meal.” — MommaLady
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rave Review: “Absolutely fantastic and easy to make. Got asked for the recipe from a few friends too!” — Kim C
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