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Student meals for £1

By TheStudentGuide
Student meals for £1

7 tea time recipes to keep you, and your bank account, full.

Eating can be a pretty pricey business and cooking can be a faff – more often than not we can be tempted to just head down the road to the takeaway. This is fatal. Cook these cheap meals with friends for something healthy, tasty and sociable. Working out at less than £1 a head, you can’t lose really!

Courgette and lemon pasta for 4

This tasty tea-time treat is so quick and easy but tastes delicious.

Ingredients (Asda)

  • Tagliatelle pasta (500g) £1.50
  • 2 courgettes (grated) 54p
  • Garlic 26p
  • 2 lemons 46p
  • Ricotta cheese 98p
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil

Price: £0.94 per head


  • Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan, stir in the grated courgette and garlic and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the lemon zest and juice and the ricotta cheese.
  • Drain the pasta, season well and stir in the courgette mixture.
  • Enjoy!

Leek and potato pie for 3

If you substitute the chicken stock for vegetable stock, this winter warmer is also perfect for vegetarians.

Ingredients (Aldi)

  • 2 leeks 69p
  • 2 large potatoes 69p (for bag)
  • 1 large onion 69p (for bag)
  • 100ml double cream 54p
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 tblspn plain flour

Price: £0.87 per head


  • Melt the butter into a pan and then add the chopped leeks and onions to soften.
  • After 5 minutes, add the cubed potatoes and sweat for a further 10 minutes.
  • Add the flour to thicken followed by the chicken stock.
  • Take off the heat and gently stir in the cream. Season to taste.
  • Transfer to an oven-proof dish and layer sliced potatoes over the top. Add a little oil to the top and season to crisp.
  • Bake for half an hour until the potatoes are golden brown, and enjoy!

Baked potato for 1

Simple and delicious, baked potatoes are surprisingly filling. If you like your skin crispy and have the time to spare, cook your potato in the oven for approximately 1 hour.

Ingredients (Sainsbury’s)

  • 1 large potato 21p
  • 1 tin of beans 32p
  • Butter
  • Salt

Price: £0.53


  • Prick your potato with a fork and then pop into the microwave in a bowl covered with cling film. Cook for 7 minutes.
  • Test with a knife to see if cooked and leave in for longer is necessary.
  • Microwave the beans for 1 minute 30 seconds.
  • Add butter and salt to your potato and pour the beans over the top.
  • Dinner is served.

Sausage casserole for 5

Perfect for the approaching winter months and super versatile – just chuck in whatever you have lying around the flat.


  • Sausages (sliced) 84p
  • Pancetta (or sliced bacon) 99p
  • Peas 16p
  • Sweetcorn 34p
  • 1 onion 69p (for a bag)
  • 1 tin sliced carrots 17p
  • 1 large potato  49p (for a bag)
  • 1 sweet potato 69p (for a bag)
  • 1 pint gravy

Price: £0.88 per head


  • Add the sausage, pancetta, peas, sweetcorn, onion, potato, sweet potato, carrots and anything else you have knocking about to the dish.
  • Mix the gravy granules with water and pour over the casserole.
  • Cover and oven bake on a low heat for 1 hour. Check to see that the meat is cooked and the potatoes are soft.
  • Slice your second potato and fry off with a little oil and salt
  • Remove the lid and add to the top of the casserole. Bake for a further 10 minutes.
  • Serve with bread and butter.

Ham and pea risotto for 5

Great food to eat with friends and it won’t take much to fill you up!

Ingredients (Asda)

  • Arborio rice £1.12
  • Gammon (sliced) £1.18
  • 1 onion 25p
  • Chicken stock
  • Peas 21p
  • Cheese (grated) £1.50

Price: £0.83 per head


  • Melt the butter and add the onions. Sweat until soft.
  • Stir in the rice -it should become translucent.
  • Gradually add the stock taking care to stir so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Cook until the rice is soft and then add the peas, chicken and any other ingredients you have knocking around.
  • Grate in the hard cheese and season to taste.

Chicken curry with rice and peas for 4

Classic student meal, make it spicy or mild to taste. Great sauces include Tikka, Korma and Balti.

Ingredients (Aldi)

  • Chicken £1.99
  • Curry sauce 79p
  • Rice 39p
  • Peas 16p

Price: £0.84 per head


  • Boil 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of water for 20 minutes.
  • 10 minutes in, fry your chicken in a deep based frying pan for 10 minutes or until cooked,
  • Add the curry sauce and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the peas to the rice.
  • Serve to happy tummies.

Chicken stir fry for 6

Remember once you have staples such as onions and potatoes in, the price shots down. Buy in bulk or at markets for great savings.

Ingredients (Sainsbury’s)

  • 1 pepper (or half of 2 different colours) 80p
  • 1 onion 40p
  • Chicken £2.50
  • Cabbage 80p
  • Sauce 60p
  • Noodles £1

Price: £1 per head


  • Slice the vegetables and toss into a frying pan
  • Cook for 10 minutes
  • Add the chicken and cook for a further 10 minutes or until chicken appears cooked.
  • Throw in the noodles and sauce and cook for a further 3 minutes.

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