Fast and cheap: the best recipes for students

Fast and cheap: the best recipes for students

We’ve put together everything you need here, from simple potatoes to simple party food ideas. We will not describe in detail how to cook porridge or pasta (do you already know this?), but we give you ideas on how to make a more complete and tasty dish out of this .

There are many easy and cheap meals that you can prepare with very few ingredients in almost no time. You can eat delicious food for almost nothing!

Pasta with cheese

Elementary and very tasty!

Cook , add cheese on top (if there is no grater, just cut it into cubes). And then we fantasize. You can also add ketchup or any other sauce here (there is an abundance of them in the store, the price is a penny).

A fresh salad is good as a side dish: tomatoes and cucumbers with vegetable oil, parsley and dill, cabbage and carrots.

Macaroni and cheese always wins, even at a party. Add sliced ​​ham and you have a festive dish.

Another option. Boil the pasta. In a separate saucepan, whisk milk (glass) with flour (tablespoon), adding about 1/3 teaspoon salt and a little sugar and pepper to taste. Stir constantly, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and continue stirring for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. Then add the shredded cheese and stir until melted, pour the cheese mixture over the pasta. You can add peas, bacon, diced ham, tuna, tomatoes, or shallots.

Oatmeal and banana

Oatmeal is extremely nutritious and easy to prepare. Add to it any fruit or a little cinnamon and raisins. This healthy food gives a lot of energy.

jacket potatoes

Jacket potatoes are a great option for cheap student meals for one or the whole gang, and no need to peel potatoes . You can serve it with cheese, sausage, sausages, vegetable or butter, green peas or beans from a jar, greens. You can add sour cream or mayonnaise, kefir.

canned tuna

An excellent accompaniment to boiled or baked potatoes, as well as rice. Add cheese and green onions.

Recipes with minced meat

Just put in the freezer and you will never be hungry. Suitable minced chicken, turkey, beef, pork, which can be found in the store.

The best spaghetti bolognese in the world – amazingly simple and very cool, perfect for a party! Cook spaghetti, drain the water, add a spoonful of vegetable oil (so as not to stick together). In another pot or pan in vegetable oil, fry the onion (5 minutes), add any minced meat (fry for 10-15 minutes), add ketchup or bolognese pasta (sold in the same place as ketchup), and lay out ready-made spaghetti. Mix, done!

Pork, noodles, green peas

Three ingredients, just fry (noodles / pasta pre-cook). Fry pork pieces in vegetable oil, after 15-20 minutes add green peas (canned or frozen), and then noodles. Season with hot or sweet chili sauce.


The easiest thing is to cook. Add chicken legs to boiling water (the first water after a 5-minute boil can be drained and poured fresh, boiled again, the chicken will turn out to be more dietary and not so “smelly”), add salt, peppercorns, carrots, you can cook the whole onion, cook for minutes 20-30, at the end, add noodles, you can add bay leaf, cook for 5 minutes, you’re done! The bulb is usually thrown away.

Lasagna with zucchini

This is the best easy veggie lasagna! Mix zucchini, garlic and chili peppers with ricotta (a type of cheese, sold in jars where processed cheeses are sold in stores), add tomato sauce bought at the store and boiled lasagna (pasta in the shape of a square or rectangle), put in the oven for 20 minutes, and a delicious dinner can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Pizza for students/pizza tortillas

Again, you need an oven. And then it doesn’t get any easier.

Pour flour into a bowl (try with 1-2 glasses, if you wish, you will cook more later), add a pinch of salt to them, 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil (more can be; you can replace sunflower), dry mustard + pizza seasoning (if you have them), 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice (the easiest way is to buy in the store, enough for a long time), a pinch of soda, then gradually add cold water and knead the dough by hand. When ready, let it lie down for 30-60 minutes, then roll it out on a baking sheet, or simply tear off pieces with your hands and make cakes. Send to bake in the oven (180 degrees) for 10-15 minutes (if you plan to add the filling later, you can bake less; if you just eat pizza cakes, then until golden brown).

Pizza toppings can be anything . The finished cake can be greased with olive or sunflower oil, be sure to grease with ketchup. Of the mandatory – onion rings and chopped tomatoes. Further, if desired, sausage, corn and peas, mushrooms, chopped sweet peppers, herbs, broccoli. As a sauce, you can add sour cream, cream, mayonnaise.

Bake pizza with laid out vegetables for 10-15 minutes. Take out, sprinkle with grated cheese, send to the oven for literally a minute, until the cheese is melted. Everything!

“Pizza” on bagels, toast, bread

Take a bagel, toast or slice of bread, load it with all the toppings you can use on a pizza, bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes, top with cheese, done!

Cheese paste

Cheese pasta will always be a hit with any dish, especially pasta. Cooking is simple: pour 10% cream (a glass), a pinch of salt into a ladle, add spices (black pepper and others), diced (parmesan, cheddar, roquefort, emmental, whatever you find), heat until the cheese is dissolved, you’re done!

Pasta with tomatoes and basil

Tomato and basil is a classic Italian sauce for pasta (macaroni).

Fry chopped garlic, add chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh basil. Salt, pepper, sweat a little, you’re done! Or you can just put everything in a saucepan, immediately with spaghetti, cook and you’re done!

Omelets for students

Possibly the simplest and cheapest meal for students. With mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and more!

For one serving, 2-3 eggs are enough. Gently break the eggs into a bowl, beat with a fork until smooth without foaming. If you beat them too hard, the omelette will turn out to be lush, dense, non-plastic. You can add milk / cream to the eggs, or you can not add. Salt, pepper.

Put a piece of butter in a hot frying pan, when it melts, pour the egg mass. Fry over medium heat for 7 minutes.

Any variations are possible. Before pouring eggs, you can put in the oil to fry: chopped sausages or sausage, chopped tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, chopped mushrooms, beans (canned), broccoli or cauliflower (package of frozen vegetables), onions and garlic, grated potatoes … At the end can be topped with cheese.

Fried eggs and toast

All you have to do to make this meal is to beat the eggs and toast the bread, then pour the egg mixture over it and toast for 5-7 minutes. Delicious with pickled cucumbers, olives.

Rice and buckwheat

The base for just about anything (other than pasta). Add any canned fish, hard-boiled eggs to the finished rice. Grilled sausage, sausages are perfect for buckwheat.

Rice, vegetables and soy sauce

All you have to do is boil the rice, add a jar of vegetables (or a bag of frozen vegetables), heat it up, add soy sauce.

Black/red beans and rice/pasta

Black/red beans and rice/pasta is one of those easy, cheap meals that just about everyone loves. Start by heating the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4 minutes, then add the dry rice and sauté for another 2 minutes. Next, add vegetables (if any), salt and water so that the entire mass is covered, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes. Spices (cumin and pepper) and black beans (can) should be added right before serving.


This dish is perfect for fall and winter. It takes a long time to cook, but no effort is needed, you just need to remember to turn it off. And you can stock up.

First, put a small piece of meat (beef, lamb) in a saucepan and cover with water. Cook for three hours, then add chopped potatoes and peeled carrots, along with a little salt and pepper. Cook for another two to three hours and serve. You can cook a lot at once, store in the refrigerator and eat all week.

Banana and peanut butter

Banana and quesadillas – if you like sweet things, then this is the perfect quick snack! You need thin pita bread, peanut butter, and sliced ​​banana pieces. Spread pita bread with peanut butter, lay out banana slices, wrap, and you’re done!

Tuna and White Bean Salad

is a protein and fiber dressing to keep you full for a long day of classes! Add to this unsweetened crackers, and you can even without mayonnaise.


Fantasize! Bread of various types (as well as pita bread), an obligatory lettuce leaf, chopped pickled cucumbers, onions, olives and black olives, greens, as well as cheese, sausage (ham, bacon) – there are hundreds of variations!

Fried cheese with bread

Butter slices of bread and place them on the hot skillet. Add a slice of cheese, top with another slice of bread and butter (you can add tomato or bacon slices.) Grill on both sides until each sandwich is golden brown and the cheese is melted. You can not cover with the second piece, but pour over the egg, add the tomato, at the end, if desired, sprinkle with cheese.

Sandwich with peanut butter and jelly

When it comes to cheap meals, nothing is more iconic than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (orange, strawberry, peach…). You can buy jelly in the store, as well as peanut butter, it is very nutritious and delicious.

simple sauce

Sauté chopped tomatoes, chopped onion and garlic together for 10-20 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour this sauce over pasta or porridge. Or just spread on bread.

Another option is to heat milk or cream (a glass), add a little butter, spices, salt, cheese, a little flour, herbs.

Sausage, pepper and onion

This is an easy to make, flavorful recipe. Just chop up some sausage/wieners, onions, peppers and a couple of garlic cloves, fry with plenty of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add to anything (even bread).

Stewed lentils

Take 2 cups of lentils, chopped tomatoes, some butter, chopped onion, chopped garlic clove and some dried dill. Put it all in a large saucepan, add some water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the end, add salt and pepper to taste.


A dish of onions, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, basil and oregano with rice. Vegetables may be different, that is. .

An easy way to make ratatouille is to sauté the vegetables in olive oil, starting with the ones that require the most cooking time (carrots, onions, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic). Add each vegetable, and then start chopping the next, and stir regularly. Then reduce the heat, cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for about 40 minutes. Serve with rice or bread.

mediterranean pasta salad

This quick, easy pasta dish can be served as a side dish or main course. Simply boil pasta, drain and add chopped tomatoes, chopped olives, a jar of chickpeas/peas/beans (your choice) and Italian dressing (i.e. olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper).

Leftover fried rice/buckwheat

In a large skillet, sauté some garlic in a tablespoon of oil, then add the chopped onion. When the onion is soft, add two eggs to one side of the pan.

Now turn up the heat and toss in any other ingredients you have on hand – peas, corn, mushrooms, broccoli, diced carrots, pineapple or ham slices – along with the remaining boiled rice/buckwheat, a spoonful of sugar and soy sauce. Cook over high heat for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly, and serve immediately.

Bon Appetit!

Cooking cheap and easy meals like these can make a big difference in your monthly food budget. It is especially convenient if you make a shopping list in advance and store all the supplies in the closet and refrigerator.


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