Until just recently, I was a college student. So I know how much of a struggle it can be to cook meals for yourself, especially when you’re up against a tight budget and a lack of time. When times are tough, look to Nitelifes’s top cheap-y cheap student cookbook!

1. Pasta Bake

This meal is absolutely delicious and the great thing about it is that you can make it to your liking. Customize it! I personally like my pasta bake with smooth tomato sauce, cheese and bacon, but you can add any kind of vegetables and meat you like, or even powdered tortilla chips! The possibilities are endless.

How to make: First boil your pasta. While the pasta is boiling, cook or prepare any ingredients you wish to use. Then you prepare your sauce – one jar of store-bought pasta sauce that is to your liking or even make your own from some pasata, garlic, salt and pepper. Add one tub of sour cream into your pasta sauce. If you are like me and don’t like lumps, you can blend it before heating. Once the pasta is ready, put it into a oven proof dish and pour in the pasta sauce, as well as the chosen ingredients. If you want, you can put cheese on top, and then put it into the oven so the cheese melts. Bon Appétit!

2. Ramen Noodles

Lots of students survive off instant noodles, mainly because they’re cheap and quick to make. There are also many ways to make your noodles more interesting, which is always a good thing, since you might get tired of eating the same thing all the time. Below is few ways to get the best out of your noodles:

  • The Egg-Drop – this is very tasty way of eating your noodles. You beat an egg in a bowl, and once the noodles are cooked, slowly pour in the egg. You can even use boiled or scrambled eggs. Aren’t eggs just amazing!
  • Add Some Vegetables – You can put it carrots, peas and/or broccoli in with your ramen noodles, a few minutes before your noodles are done. This will add some extra nutrients and crunch!
  • Buttered Toast – This is my personal favourite way of eating noodles. I toast my bread, spread butter on it and then put my noodles on top when the butter is melted. Yum!
  • Cheese – This is also great way to eat noodles. Once your noodles are cooked, put them in a bowl and then sprinkle cheese on top. If you wish, you can mix it up so the cheese gets everywhere. It’s very quick to make, and I often made this before going to college.

This is only few ways to add flavour to your noodles, there are many more! You can add in soy sauce if you like bit of saltiness in your life, or some sweet chilli sauce to spice things up a little bit!

3. Egg Soup

This meal is tasty, cheap and very easy to make. All you need is two eggs, 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 tablespoons of flour, cumin, pinch of salt, 1 litre of water and 1 teaspoon of vegeta Gourmet seasoning (optional- available in polish shops). As an alternative you can use a stock cube.

How to make: You put butter into a pot (you can use oil, but it tastes better with butter). Add two cups of flour and fry until golden. Pour in 1 litre of cold water and frequently stir until it boils. Then add in cumin, salt, vegeta/stock cube and let it simmer for few minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and we stir in beaten eggs. Enjoy!

4. Grenadir (Noodles with Potatoes)

This Hungarian meal was my favourite to make when I was in college. The reason being it is very quick to make, and I don’t like spending too much time in the kitchen. You will need potatoes, pasta, oil, salt, paprika, stock cube and butter (quantity depending on how much you want to make). Here is how you make it:

  1. Peel the potatoes. Wash them before you cut them into small cubes
  2. Put them into water and add salt and a stock cube (make sure to mix it with hot water in a cup before you add it in)
  3. When the potatoes are done cooking (poke them with the fork) drain the water
  4. Put them back into the pot and add salt and paprika. Cover it with a lid.
  5. Boil the pasta
  6. Drain the pasta
  7. Mix pasta with the potatoes

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