20 Easy & Cheap Dinner Ideas

Jazz up your weeknight meals with effortless recipes that'll have your guests thinking you spent hours preparing! From delicious and filling black bean soup that won't break the bank to five-ingredient cacio e pepe that tastes like it was made by an Italian chef, you won't go hungry!

Easy Black Bean Soup

"Delicious! We topped it with shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, green onions and crushed tortilla chips.”

-mikeandanniej

Quick Homemade Tomato Soup

“Man, this was a good, thick and tasty soup. I just followed the recipe and enjoyed!”

-Tebo3759

Easy Fried Rice

“I found this to be an easy to prepare fried rice that paired well with Vietnamese spring rolls my wife made. This dish is welcome to return to my table.”

-Rick Young

Slow-Simmered Spaghetti Sauce

“This is my new favorite spaghetti sauce! It tastes light and fresh, and it's oil-free. In the last hour of cooking, I added a pound of zucchini half-moons, a pound of sliced mushrooms and some handfuls of baby spinach.”

-Netgirls Healthy Co

Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

"This is an awesome soup! It had great taste, and this recipe was great on a cold night like tonight. I served it with dollops of sour cream and cheddar jack cheese.”

-Miss Diggy

Slow-Cooker Ham & Beans

"I make this all the time and my kids love it!”

-kimberlyholst

Beef & Bean Burritos

“Awesome! I popped the burritos in the oven with cheese on top to keep them warm until my husband got home! Perfect.”

-katieselina

Stove-Top Macaroni & Cheese

“Excellent and easy! I didn’t change a thing for my family, they love it just the way it is.”

-Yvette O.

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

"This recipe is so garlicky, creamy and easy to make. I got home from work, was incredibly tired and just wanted a filling meal. This one worked perfectly because it didn't take more than 15 minutes and tasted wonderfully.”

-Sackville

Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili

“I made this recipe exactly as directed and it was great. So easy to make! You just dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and a few hours later you have a delicious chili!”

-KF8978

Quick & Easy Pot Roast

“I loved this pot roast! It was practically falling apart from how tender it was! It took no time at all, which is a major plus.”

-Jonathan Melendez

Ratatouille

"Wow, what a great recipe! I cleaned out the kitchen sink with this. It’s so versatile that you can do so much with it, and it’s delicious!"

-toohot4u

Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe

“So few ingredients to turn out so much flavor. Try it, you'll love it!”

-Bonnie G 2

Grilled Beer Chicken

“I used four chicken thighs, bone-in and removed the skins before marinating. It had amazing flavor, juicy and tender! I like the idea of thyme in it. This is a keeper!”

-Mesmereyes

Zucchini & Ground Beef Casserole

"This is so simple to make, and tastes great. I served this over penne pasta with salad and garlic bread. A very enjoyable meal!”

-CJAY8248

Basic Pancake Mix

“Simple, fast and delicious every time. Highly recommended!”

-Val H.

Easy Cheesy Hot Dogs

“This was delicious. I used a combination of cheddar and Monterey jack. I put diced onions, ketchup and ball park mustard on it. Yummy!”

-Jane from Ohio

Quick & Easy Pizza Dough

"This pizza dough was amazing. I made it twice, because the first one left cravings for seconds. My grandkids couldn't get enough, even the parents wanted more!”

-melsmb

Smoked Sausage & Peppers

“I must admit, I didn't think my wife would like this dish since she isn’t a fan of smoked sausage. Wow, everyone liked it and there was no leftovers! We will be having this again.”

-Maryland Jim

Classic BLT Sandwich

“I made this for dinner and of course, this classic sandwich is delicious! Next time I think I’ll try adding mustard to one slice of the bread.”

-Sooz Cooks