Creamy pasta – 63p

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What do you do with the dregs in the bottom of the fridge? The obvious answer is soup, but when soup is your go-to dish for pretty much every leftover (I’m holding my hand up as being guilty of this), it’s nice to have an occasional change. I’ve priced the ‘recipe’ as usual below, but since I make this to use up the sad, lost vegetables which get left behind, it really costs a lot less. The only constants you need are the pasta, creme fraiche and mustard. Leave out the lardons for a vegetarian option. Use gluten free pasta if you’re intolerant/allergic.

As ever, prices are Tesco via Mysupermarket, unless otherwise stated (accurate as of  6/8/14 – when I first posted it on the facebook group).

300g wholewheat fusilli – 19p per 100g
300mls Creme Fraice – 90p
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard – 5p
1 carrot – 7.5p
1 onion – 16p
100g frozen sweetcorn – 10p
100g smoked lardons – 64p

Total price: £2.49/4 – 63p per serving.

Cook the pasta separately. Fry everything else off in a pan then add the crème fraiche and mustard as a sauce. Stir the pasta through and away you go.

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Baked Bean Lasagne – 53p per portion

It wouldn’t be the Feed Yourself for £1 a day blog without Pat’s infamous Baked Bean Lasagne. I first tried it shortly after the group was created and now make it approximately once per month. My whole family love it including my husband who once believed you couldn’t eat a meal without meat and my 2 year old who simply said ‘Yummy in my Tummy!’  I personally love it because it’s healthier and more filling then a standard lasagne.

Sound too good to be true?  Only one way to find out….

You will need:

Pack of Lasagne Sheets – 250g 40p – I counted and there were 12 sheets in my pack.
1 Red Pepper 33p – cheaper to buy a pack of mixed peppers for 99p. The green and yellow can be used in other meals (such as lentil cottage pie)
1 Onion 8p
2 Cloves Garlic 4p
Mushrooms – I used 1/3 pack 25p
2 Cans Baked Beans 48p
Can Chopped Tomatoes 34p
Worcester Sauce 8p – Cheaper if use Asda own brand at 59p for 150ml but Tesco only sell the branded stuff
Soy Sauce 8p – Again Cheaper if use Aldi at 47p for 150ml but Tesco only sell the branded stuff
Salt & Pepper 1p
Mixed Herbs 1p
150g Mature Cheddar 68p

For the Cheese Sauce

40g Value Spread 5p
40g Plain Flour 1p
250ml Whole Milk 11p
250ml Water
Salt & Pepper 1p
50g Mature Cheddar 23p

TOTAL = £3.19 for 6 portions

I have followed Farn’s lead and used Tesco prices via MySupermarket as at 02/04/2015

Dice onion, pepper, mushrooms and garlic. Fry off in pan. Add baked beans and chopped toms. Bring to the boil and then leave to Simmer for 5 mins. Add salt and pepper and mixed herbs, along with a dash of both worcester sauce and soy sauce (if you are the measuring type I’d say a ‘dash’ is about 10ml. Simmer for a further 5 mins. Majority of the liquid should have evaporated but if you find the consistency is too thin add a little cornflour to thicken.

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In a separate pan melt the spread, add flour until it forms a pasta. Take off the heat and gradually add the milk and water continuously stirring to prevent lumps. Return to the heat and bring to the boil before reducing the heat and leaving to thicken. Add grated cheese and stir in until it melts.20150402_160643
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Layer bean mixture in an oven proof dish (a thin layer followed by lasagne sheets on top with another thin layer and so on….) I found I did 4 layers in total but depends on the size of your dish.

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Top with the cheese sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

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Bake at 180 for 30-35 mins until top is nice and golden and cheese begins to bubble.

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Tonight I served with garlic bread but I’ve also done salad or potato wedges in the past.

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Just one final warning. You may need to open a window after the entire family has eaten this. After all you know what they say ‘Beans beans are good for your heart but the more you eat the more you… 😉

— Rachel