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Student Eats: 3 Cheap, Easy Recipes On A Budget

Student Eats: 3 Cheap, Easy Recipes On A Budget

As a student, sometimes drinking gets priority to eating.

However, it's still important to eat a decent diet during college so with that in mind, we've created some dinner recipes. We've thrown together these three recipes that are easy to make, cheap and most importantly delicious. So even if you've got a fiver you can have your belly full.

Using only a few ingredients, these recipes won't break the bank. Check them out.

1. Butternut squash soup


  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 dollop of olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, choppe
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 900ml chicken broth
  • dash each cinnamon, salt and pepper
  • sour cream as garnish



Heat the oil and butter, then sauté the onion and carrot for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the squash, chicken broth, and spices and simmer until the squash is soft. For large chunks around 30 mins.

Puree the soup with a hand blender.


2. Pasta Carbonara


  • pinch of salt
  • serving of whatever pasta you have
  • 4 rashers, diced
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • half block of grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the rashers over medium heat in a skillet large enough to hold all your pasta once it's cooked. Cook, stirring, about 5 minutes.

Cook your pasta to the instructions on the back of the packet.

Add the onion to the rashers. Cook the onion and rashers for 5 minutes, keeping them in separate halves of the pan, stirring. After the 5 minutes, stir them altogether.

Add 450ml of the pasta water to the onion and rashers. Bring to a boil and keep at a boil, stirring now and then. Cook this down to about half.

In a small bowl, beat the egg slightly then add a dash of the hot pasta water and stir into the egg. When the sauce has reduced by half and the spaghetti is cooked al dente, scoop the pasta up with tongs, let it drain a little and then put it into the skillet with the rashers and onion. Stir in the scallions , pepper and salt to taste.


Toss the pasta until the scallions are wilted. Turn off the heat. Quickly mix in the egg, stirring until the spaghetti is coated and creamy. Mix in the cheese and serve.


3. Chicken Enchiladas


  • 3 breasts of chicken
  • enough tomato sauce to cover chicken
  • half an onion
  • 4 wraps
  • cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp chilli powder



Marinate the chicken with the chopped onion and chilli powder in tomato sauce for 30 mins.

Fry the chicken and onions on a medium heat until crispy.

Put the chicken and onions into wraps in a baking dish, pour some tomato sauce on top and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake  for around 15 minutes, until the cheese has melted.


Also Read: Foodhack: How To Perfectly Poach Eggs Every Time

Ciara Finnegan

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