14 meals you can make for under £1

The chef behind Instagram sensation @onepoundmeals shows us how...

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14 meals you can make for under £1

Has Christmastime left your bank account feeling a little deflated? Don't fret - there are plenty of budget-friendly, delicious and filling meals that are packed full of flavour and goodness to see you through the colder months.

And when it comes to whipping up meals under £1 per person, who better to ask than the thrifty chef behind the viral Instagram account onepoundmeals, Miguel Barclay?

From homemade pizza to tasty mushroom risottos and a crowd-pleasing chicken fajitas - sort out your meal planning with Miguel's recipes. 

Sticky chinese chicken bake

Nothing beats a one-pan dinner. Not only does this sticky Chinese tray bake require minimal washing up, but it's also packed with flavour thanks to its super simple Chinese-style marinade made up of your typical store cupboard ingredients. That's dinner sorted then!


With a sweet taste and gooey texture, this butternut squash risotto tastes as good as it looks. Perfect for those chilly Winter months, it'll leave you feeling satisfyingly full to boot. Pick up a squash for dinner tonight and you can have this masterpiece on the table in under 45 minutes. Perfect!

Mexican tortilla soup

This bold-flavoured, substantial and chunky soup requires no blender. A spice base of cumin, paprika and some red onion gives this meal soup its classic, smoky base. Serve with crispy homemade tortilla chips to mop up all those delicious Mexican flavours.

Sweetcorn and courgette feta fritters

Flavour-packed fritters make the perfect Sunday brunch or speedy midweek dinner. We love how the crumbled up feta offers little pockets of intense flavour. Miguel has topped his stack with a poached egg, using the yolk for a dipping sauce. Just look how appetising that looks!

Cheesy fish pie

In need of a comfort food classic for dinner tonight? 

This cheesy fish pie is topped with cauliflower and crispy Cheddar doused in creamy white sauce, merging fish pie and cauliflower cheese into one. What's more, this treat-like dinner couldn't be kinder to the purse-strings, coming it at just 50p per serving.

Garlic mushroom pappardelle

‘Pasta sauces don’t get simpler than olive oil and garlic', says Miguel. That classic combo comes into its own in this pappardelle dish bulked out with sautéed garlic mushrooms. Serve up this creation in just 20 minutes - perfect for tucking into on the sofa in front of a good boxset.

Chicken fajitas

Fajitas will always be a firm family favourite. Packed with chicken and fresh chunky vegetables like peppers, onions and tomatoes, get everyone involved with rolling their own wraps for an element of dinnertime fun.

Instead of buying your tortillas, why not try making your own? It's cheaper and so simple - you only need flour and water...and that's a wrap!

Fiorentina pizza

Looking for a fun variation on a classic pizza? Make your own from scratch with this Fiorentina topped with spinach, cheese and a runny egg.

Top tip: remember to leave the dough overnight for proving. Don't have eggs or spinach to hand? Top your pizza with whatever ingredients you have in the fridge to save even more pennies.

Spanish chorizo stew

On the lookout for a one pot wonder? Look no further than this easy dish, which uses flavour-packed chorizo to ramp up the flavour profile of some ordinary store-cupboard ingredients. Chickpeas add some substance and texture, but you could use any kind of tinned pulse.

Pork chop in mustard and leek sauce

Although the pork chop is the star ingredient in this recipe, it's definitely the creamy leek sauce that defines this dish.

The sauce is super quick and easy to make, and its base is simply made of wholegrain mustard, plain flour and semi-skimmed milk. Not a fan of pork chops? The sauce would work just as well with chicken, too.

Gnocchi al forno

You can buy gnocchi ready-made in most supermarkets and still cook this dish for under £1. Just make the quick sauce, add some blue cheese, throw in some veg and you have a very posh-sounding gnocchi 'al forno' - which just means baked in the oven. 

Pork and black bean lettuce tacos

Crisp lettuce 'boats' make a great alternative to tortilla wraps in this twist on classic Mexican tacos. The pork is marinated in spices then fried off on a high heat so it retains its natural moisture while taking on some delicious smoky flavour on the outside. A drizzle of soured cream adds some creamy freshness - feel free to try guacamole or salsa instead.

Goan cauliflower curry

This vegetarian curry dish tastes really creamy and indulgent but the sauce is made with just milk and flour. Miguel has used cauliflower because of its meaty texture, but you could also use butternut squash, sweet potato or broccoli.

Butternut squash tagliatelle

When cooked, butternut squash breaks down and makes a brilliant sauce that's amazingly thick and creamy without the need for any dairy. This tagliatelle dish does just that: squash is roasted in olive oil until it takes on some deep, caramelised flavour then mashed into a thick sauce to coat the tagliatelle noodles.

Top tip: if you want to make a dairy free pasta bake, try roasting and blitzing up some squash, then baking it in the oven with dried macaroni and a little vegetable stock. The pasta will cook in the squash and take on the flavour. Delicious!

Feeling inspired to whip up some of these masterpieces? Make sure you stock up on everything you need at Asda or pop into your local store