13. Marci’s Famous Deviled Eggs Recipe (My Heavenly Recipes) – Having a cache of cheap meals to cook doesn’t just come in handy for feeding your family. They can also be a life saver when you need a dish for a gathering of some type like an office carry-in. These deviled eggs only require 4 ingredients, so you know you can make them on a budget.
14. Homemade Lasagna (My Heavenly Recipes) – If you crossed a lasagna with a casserole, what would you get? Answer: This tasty (and cheap) meal for large families. This recipe allows you to indulge in all the deliciousness of lasagna with about half the work. In fact, you can be serving this meal in under 45 minutes!
15. Grey Poupon Ham and Cheese Rollups (My Heavenly Recipes) – This is another super creative cheap meal to cook for a carry-in or party. This would probably be my go-to recipe when I need something fast since it only takes 5 minutes of prep time.
16. Tuna Noodle Casserole (Become A Coupon Queen) – You’re just 4 ingredients and 4 steps away from this cheap meal for large families. Tip: This is a great recipe to turn to when you forget to set something out to thaw.
17. Chili Mac (Become A Coupon Queen) – One of the benefits of sticking to a budget and thus relying on cheap meals to cook is they typically have few ingredients. Fewer ingredients usually means the dish will be easier to cook which is great for those busy nights when cooking anything seems like a form of torture. This recipe only calls for 5 ingredients and I suspect most (if not all) of them will already be in your kitchen!
18. Eggplant Mini Pizzas (Our Small Hours) – Who says pizza can’t be BFFs with your waistline? Thanks to this cheap meal for large families recipe, you, your waistline, and your wallet can all enjoy pizza. Bonus: Mini foods seem to appeal to kids, so there’s a pretty good chance your little one won’t object to this extra serving of veggies.
19. Sweet Potato Frittata (Our Small Hours) – There’s no denying it; sweet potatoes are good for you. I mean really good for you. They’re rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, fiber, and more! Plus, I can typically find them at my grocery store for $0.99 a pound making them the perfect addition to any cheap meals to cook.
20. 3-Ingredient French Dips (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Looking for cheap meals for large families? Be sure to look to your leftovers! This recipe is a yummy and easy way to use up leftover roast or prime rib.
21. Zuppa Toscana (Thrifty Northwest Mom) – Not only is this a cheap meal to cook, but it is an awesome way to sneak some extra healthy ingredients into your family’s diet. In this instance, I’m referring mainly to the kale. This recipe calls for a whole head of kale yet the end result (soup) is so creamy and flavorful no one will realize they’re getting a whopping dose of vitamins and minerals!
22. Crockpot Beans and Rice (Cleverly Simple) – Meatless Mondays have never tasted so good! If you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed, this is the perfect cheap meal for large families. Don’t worry, it’s flavorful and totally satisfying, so your family won’t feel like they’re sacrificing.
23. Easy Spaghetti Pie (Cleverly Simple) – Using leftovers as the base of a recipe is a great way to turn just about any meal into a cheap meal to cook. That holds true for this yummy way to use up leftover spaghetti. Idea: Could you replace the cooked spaghetti with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles? I’m not sure, but it’d be fun to try!
24. Million Dollar Casserole (Cleverly Simple) – This cheap meal for large families freezes well making it great for busy nights when you just want something fast that doesn’t come in a grease soaked bag.
25. Homemade Barbecue Pizza (Cleverly Simple) – Some recipes are just so tasty you wouldn’t even think, “Oh, this is a cheap meal to cook” based on the taste. This is one of those recipes. Bonus: Here are the top 10 barbecue sauce recipes on Pinterest in case you’re interested in trying various barbecue sauces on your pizza.
26. Mexican Lasagna (Cleverly Simple) – Okay, I’m not going to lie, this cheap meal for large families is not the healthiest of options. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it every now and again… and you will enjoy it. With lots of cheese and refried beans this is a diet nightmare, but your tastebuds will rejoice!
27. “Kitchen Sink” Shepherd’s Pie (Mission to Save) – This recipe is an awesome way to use up just about any kind of leftover you have, especially veggies, making it an ultra cheap meal to cook. Don’t be afraid to get creative here. Try this recipe with various kinds of meat, veggies, etc.
28. Sausage Asparagus & Quinoa Meal (Everyday Savvy) – The ingredient combination in this recipe sounds a little strange, but give this recipe a chance! All the ingredients come together in the end to make a flavorful dish that is sure to be a family favorite. Plus, since it is a cheap meal for large families, it’ll be a budget favorite as well.