You can’t get a more budget friendly recipe than my Tuna Pasta recipe. This is one of my two daughters’ favourite meals. It uses mainly store cupboard / freezer items and it’s super quick and easy to make! Oh yes and it’s packed with vegetables. My absolute favourite thing about this recipe is that my kids always ask for seconds!
Tuna is not as expensive as other meats so it keeps the costs of this meal down, which is always a bonus in my book. Because of all the other ingredients added to the tuna, it has a lovely mild and creamy taste that gets even the most fussy of customers digging in.
I normally plan my meals on a weekly basis using what I have in the cupboards and what is for sale that week in the supermarkets. I always tend to stock up on things like tuna, canned tomatoes, sweetcorn and cream cheese when they are on sale (these items tend to have a fairly long expiration date).
Because I usually have all the ingredients to make this recipe, I am able to use it if we are short on time or our plans change at the last moment. This saves us a fortune by not taking the easy (and expensive) option and ordering take-out!
The recipe can literally be thrown together in the time it takes to cook the pasta so we tend to eat this on days that we have sports clubs and other activities.
So this is how you make it:
- 16 oz pasta (any type)
- 1 can tuna
- 1 can sweet corn (or a cup of frozen sweet corn
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper
- 1 red onion
- olive oil
- salt & pepper to season
- Cook pasta per instructions on box. Rinse, drain and set aside
- Chop peppers, onions and any other leftover vegetables that you want to throw in
- Lightly saute onions with olive oil for a couple minutes
- Add sweet corn, peppers and any other extra veggies and cook for approximately 5 minutes
- *if adding fresh vegetables such as green beans, it's better to boil them a little first
- Stir in tuna and cream cheese
- Add cooked pasta and warm through
- Lightly season with salt and pepper (optional)
- Serve and enjoy!
Feel free to throw in any additional veggies you have in the fridge or freezer that need using up – I tend to add things like green beans, peas, broccoli to bulk it up and get some extra veggies into the meal.
For another variation you can add an 8 oz can of plum tomatoes (I often do this and the kids love this variation!).
Any leftovers can be easily frozen.
I always reheat mine in the microwave when we need a quick meal (*tip* add a little water to the pasta before reheating and this stops it from drying out).
I like to consider myself pretty savvy and am always trying to be smart with the family budget.
In addition to lots of delicious budget friendly family recipes, I also love to save money any which way I can in our everyday lives.
This includes upcycling furniture, making easy & affordable crafts, creating stylish home decor ideas and generally having fun with my family.
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