5 Easy Recipes For Thrifty Cooking

Cooking on a budget may have you looking for 5 easy recipes for thrifty cooking. Whether you are a college student, cooking for a large family, or just looking for recipes to cut your grocery budget, these easy thrifty cooking recipes are just what you are looking for. These recipes are all easy one-pot meals that are thrifty and budget friendly. 

1. Baked Cheeseburger Macaroni

  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1/2 pound macaroni or other pasta, cooked
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 1 pound cheese (your favorite cheese is fine)
  • 1 Cup milk
  1. Hamburger. Brown hamburger in a skillet on medium heat. Add onion when burger is about half way cooked. Once browned remove from heat and drain any excess grease. Set aside.
  2. Cheese Sauce. In a medium sauce pan add butter and milk. Once butter is melted add cheese. Stir constantly to prevent sticking.
  3. Combine. Mix hamburger, cheese sauce, and pasta together in a large bowl. Transfer to a 9×13 pan or comparable sized casserole dish.
  4. Bake. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes to an hour. Cooking uncovered will give you a crunchy cheese layer on top. Cover with foil if you prefer not to have a crunchy layer. Remove from oven and cool fifteen minutes before serving.

2. Chicken, Broccoli, & Rice Casserole

  • 1 head fresh broccoli or 2 bags of frozen
  • 1 pound cheese, shredded
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 4 Cups cooked rice
  • 2 TBS oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  1. Chicken. In large pan heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until there isn’t any pink. Usually about six minutes or so. Set aside when cooked.
  2. Broccoli. If using fresh broccoli steam for 5 minutes. Plunge into ice water and drain. If using frozen broccoli, thaw completely.
  3. Mix. In a large bowl mix together cream of mushroom soup and shredded cheese. Once blended add broccoli, chicken, and rice. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  4. Bake. Heat oven to 350° and cook for 1 hour. Cover with foil if top starts to dry out. Let set for ten minutes before serving.

3. Smoked Sausage and Pepper Penne

  • 1 pound Penne, cooked al dente
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 roasted peppers, sliced (use jarred)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes diced if in season
  1. Smoked Sausage. Add oil to a large frying pan on medium heat. Add smoked sausage and onion. Let cook for about fifteen minutes.
  2. Tomatoes. Add roasted peppers, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes to pan. Let simmer for fifteen more minutes.
  3. Pasta. Stir in pasta and let cook with lid on for 15 minutes. Stir and cook for an additional ten minutes or until pasta absorbs most of the liquid.

4. Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • 1 package egg noodles, cooked
  • 2 cans tuna or 4 pouches
  • 1 Cup bread crumbs
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, diced
  • 1 can cream of mushrooms soup
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  1. Mix. In a bowl combine cream of mushrooms soup, tuna, peas, and noodles. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer. In a 9×13 baking pan layer the noodle mixture, bread crumbs, and hardboiled eggs. Cover with foil.
  3. Bake. Heat oven to 350°. Bake for 45 minutes. Let sit for fifteen minutes before serving.

5. Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes

  • 1 pound ham, cubed
  • 3 Cups Cabbage, chopped
  • 4 Cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 Quart Water or Broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix. Combine all ingredients in a large casserole dish. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Bake. Set oven at 375°. Bake until potatoes are tender and cooked the whole way through and cabbage is tender.
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