Recipes Made With Cheap Ingredients

Keep your food budget on track by using inexpensive ingredients such as beans, pasta, potatoes and tuna

Recipes Made With Cheap Ingredients

Recipes Made With Cheap Ingredients


Southwest Black Bean Pasta
Denise Ramey created this Southwest Black Bean Pasta recipe by combining some of her favorite flavors and textures. Serve warmed tortilla chips on the side of this robust, crunchy pasta dish.
—Denise Ramey, Francesville, Indiana

Slow-Cooked Bean Medley
I often change the variety of beans in this classic Slow-Cooked Bean Medley, using whatever I have on hand to total five 15- to 16-ounce cans. The sauce makes any combination delicious! It's a gluten-free side dish that's popular with everyone.
—Peggy Gwillim, Strasbourg, Saskatchewan

Grains and Pasta

Cool Couscous Salad
Tiffany Blepp's Cool Couscous Salad will refresh on even the hottest days. The Olathe, Kansas cook combines hearty coucous and tangy feta cheese for a Mediterranean flare and tops it off with balsamic vinaigrette for a punch of flavor.
—Tiffany Blepp, Olathe, Kansas

Veggie Lasagna
This is my daughter-in-law's recipe for Veggie Lasagna. It's a tasty and a little different from usual lasagna recipes. You won't even miss the meat!
—Alyce Wyman, Pembina, North Dakota

Canned Tuna

Veggie Tuna Burgers
You don't have to be a health nut to enjoy the flavor of these moist and nutritious Veggie Tuna Burgers.They're an easy way to get my children to eat their vegetables.
—Laura Davis, Ruston, Louisiana

Tater Crust Tuna Pie
I make this Tater Crust Tuna Pie a lot because it's quick and easy to prepare. I teach during the day, so my cooking time is limited, and it's one of my husband's favorites. I like the combination of potato flakes and french-fried onions in this pastry crust.
—Cynthia Kolberg, Syracuse, Indiana


Creamy Ham 'n' Egg Casserole
Have leftover cooked potatoes or eggs on hand? Creamy Ham 'n' Egg Casserole is a terrific way to use them up! This breakfast main dish is a great way to fill up family members before they leave for work, school or wherever they need to be.
—Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois

Egg 'n' Potato Burritos
Egg 'n' Potato Burritos are my husband's favorite dish. The scrumptious combination with hash browns and eggs adds zip to breakfasts on the fly.
—Ann Yarber, Washington, Oddar


Sausage Potato Supper
One Saturday night a few years ago, I came up with this Sausage Potato Supper on the spur of the moment. It was dinnertime, and I had to use what I had on hand. It's been a hit with my family ever since.
—Nancy Russell, Englewood, Colorado

Hamburger Shepherd's Pie
Transform leftovers into a light but filling one-dish meal sized for two. Elaine Williams shows you how with this simple and scrumptious Hamburger Shepherd's Pie recipe.
—Elaine Williams, Surrey, British Columbia

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