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Every week I breakdown the exact cost of one of the meals I’ve cooked for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is to prove once and for all that eating delicious, nutritious, well-balanced meals doesn’t need to break the bank with your food choices – in fact, the opposite!

By planning my meals each week and using whole food such as vegetables, eggs, and ethically-sourced meat, I create delicious meals that fit my health and fitness goals, on a completely achievable budget – if you haven’t set your budget yet, check out my simple tips to easy, every day budgeting here!

This week’s Cheap Food Tuesday meal breakdown:
Meatball Pasta Bake

Cheap Food Tuesday: Meatball Pasta Bake. A full meal cost breakdown how just how little it costs to make this hearty, wholesome meal.

Hurray, it’s not a chicken-based meal! I noticed my last three Cheap Food Tuesday posts had been chicken, so wanted to mix things up a little with this tasty meatball pasta bake with a side salad.

It’s hearty, it’s filling, and it’s so, so delicious. I’m definitely not one of the fitness warriors who avoids pasta, cheese and fatty foods – all in moderation, but when I say all, I mean all! Check out exactly how little it costs to make this big hearty meal:

Meatball Pasta Bake (with a side salad)


Sainsbury’s Beef Meatballs £8.14/kg
Meal Cost: 3 Meatballs ~ 90g = 0.72p

Tinned Tomatoes

Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes £0.88/kg
Meal Cost: ¼ can 100g = 0.08p

Brown Onion

Meal Cost: 20g = 0.01p

Fusilli Pasta

Tesco Fusilli Pasta Twists

Meal Cost: 75g = ~0.06p


Cathedral City Mature Cheddar Cheese
Meal cost: 20g = 20p

Side Salad

Tesco Fresh and Naked Just Lambs Lettuce
Meal Cost: 20g = 0.02p

Total Meal Cost: £1.09

This meatball pasta bake meal costs just over £1 to make, and is a delicious, filling comforting meal to make any night of the week – better than any expensive ready meal you’ll find at the supermarket!

If you’ve been following my ‘Cheap Food Tuesdays’ recently, you may have noticed a theme for big, wholesome meals. This is partly because I love a big, comforting dinner in the Winter, but we’re also making the most of having an oven and a proper kitchen before our travels begin.

Once we’re on the road, I’ll be uploading home-cooked meals when I can, but also showcasing some of the tastiest, cheapest street food we can find in Asia (and proving it’s some of the safest food to eat out there, too!)


Meatball Pasta Bake w/ Side Salad: A full cost breakdown of this budget-friendly little recipe. Find out just how little it costs to make this hearty, wholesome meal!