Looking for easy dinner ideas that you can shop for at Aldi? These are my top picks! All of these recipes have a short ingredient list which can be sourced from Aldi UK. Budget shopping doesn’t have to be boring when you can take advantage of some of the great products and prices that Aldi have to offer.
I love shopping at Aldi, and I know I am not the only one! These days we are all noticing food price inflation, and shopping at lower priced supermarkets can be part of the solution.
For me, Aldi is especially useful for their range of cheeses (especially the halloumi, mascarpone, and smoked cheddar which can be expensive elsewhere) and pasta (especially the tortellini and gnocchi). Their fruit and vegetables can also be incredibly affordable, and they stock some excellent baby plum tomatoes year round. They have a decent range of canned foods such as beans and lentils. So these are ingredients you’ll see on repeat in this collection.
The more limited range of whole grains (quinoa, barley etc) and spices (particularly whole spices) at Aldi is where a lot of my recipes didn’t pass the test. They might be around at some Aldi stores but they are not on the website and they are things I’ve personally struggled to find there. On that note, a few recipes here do call for fennel seeds (I really just put those seeds in everything) but they are fine to exclude if you need to. I did not include recipes that absolutely needed them.
Finally, it’s important to note that this is specific to Aldi UK. Aldi US will have a completely different range, and so this list may not apply. I have checked ingredients against the UK website to ensure they are all typically stocked by Aldi. Some smaller stores may not have the full range. I have checked some recipes against Aldi US’s website and many do hold up, but when it comes to the European cheeses like halloumi or smoked / truffle cheddar, you may or may not find them.
I intend to keep this page up to date when I post new Aldi friendly recipes so be sure to bookmark it if it’s something you’re interested in!
My Top Vegetarian Dinners Using Aldi Ingredients (UK)
Pan fried gnocchi is always a winner, and this simple tasty recipe is packed with greens to make it a nourishing meal! With a light lemony goat cheese sauce, this feels like a real of a treat of a dinner while being budget friendly and incredibly quick and easy to make.
If you're wondering what to do with a block of truffle cheese, this pasta recipe might just be the answer. It's a restaurant quality meal made at home on a budget (if you have a source of inexpensive truffle cheese). This is totally adaptable to different types of cheese, different methods of adding truffle flavor, and different mix-ins… so it can be the perfect date night or dinner party recipe for you!
Thanks to its robust, grill-able texture, halloumi cheese is so much fun to cook with and makes the best vegetarian fajita filling! In this recipe, halloumi is seasoned and roasted in the oven with veggies to make easy vegetarian sheet pan fajitas. No one will miss the meat… halloumi fajitas will be your new favorite!
Lightly spiced, creamy black beans meet sauteed lime and garlic kale in these simple 30 minute tacos. An ideal weeknight dinner, with beans and greens making a super nutritious duo for a meatless taco dinner.
A 15 minute spaghetti caprese recipe, perfect for weeknight meals! If you love the combination of fresh juicy tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, this will become your new favorite simple spaghetti recipe and a go-to for your busy evenings. Everything can be prepared while the spaghetti cooks, making it quick and easy to get a fresh and healthy dinner on the table.
Halloumi and white beans baked in a rich, smoky, Spanish inspired tomato sauce! This is a simple but stunning one pot vegetarian meal that is on the table in just 30 minutes. With lots of different serving suggestions, you will never tire of making this amazing halloumi bake for dinner.
A quick and easy meatless bolognese recipe that uses nothing more than minced roasted vegetables as its base. You won't believe how flavorful and luxurious this sauce is with minimal ingredients required! It's vegan, soy free and economical.
A really easy way to prepare a vegan taco "meat" from plant based ingredients! You will love the simplicity of this method and how it can slot into any of your favorite meal kits or recipes that call for ground beef. This vegan taco meat is made with no soy, tofu or nuts.
A rich and smoky vegan sausage casserole full of roasted vegetables. This comes together in under an hour in the oven for a relatively hands-off dinner that the whole family will love. It's easy to veganise this British classic when so many delicious meatless sausages are available, and I'll show you how to add a little bit of richness in to make up for the lower fat content.
A dreamy, melty tomato basil and mozzarella quiche that will wow you with its flavors! This is a crustless quiche so simple to prepare – but we use a special trick to help the quiche create its own crust! While this recipe is super easy to make, it does take some time – consider meal planning this alongside another roasted tomato dish so you can batch cook the tomatoes ahead!
An easy, tasty vegetarian homemade eggplant meatball recipe! Eggplant (aubergine) pairs with feta cheese for an amazing flavor. Even people who don’t usually like eggplant will devour these healthy veggie balls!
An easy one pot vegetarian pasta dinner that the whole family will love! The protein packed cheesy tomato lentil sauce is thick, creamy and comforting. There is minimal chopping, everything cooks in one pan, and it’s on the table in 20 minutes.
This asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and bursting with flavor from the herby, lemony asparagus and pockets of creamy goat cheese. It can be customized to your own herb and cheese preferences to make sure it's the perfect quiche for your family.
A super simple, tasty vegetarian dinner that will never let you down! Roasted garlic mushrooms are tossed with homemade (or store bought) pesto and topped with a dollop of soft ricotta cheese for an incredible mix of flavors and textures.
A delicious and hearty vegetarian sheetpan / tray bake dinner! Caramelized roasted sweet potato, mushrooms and peppers with pesto rice, topped with grilled halloumi. Everything comes together easily in one big roasting dish for a simple dinner.
These creamy mushroom enchiladas will take you by surprise! The easy filling can be made with any kind of mushroom, with mascarpone and tarragon to give it an amazing sweet creamy taste. These can be an easy weeknight dinner if you have a prepared enchilada sauce, and the recipe can be customized in so many ways to make it work perfectly for you.
This is THE most flavorful potato soup recipe without bacon! We have a couple of tricks up our sleeve to infuse it with some smoky umami flavor while keeping it vegetarian, and you will love the result. This is creamy, comforting, easy and cheap to make – everything you want from a potato soup!
We all need this simple vegetarian sheetpan gnocchi recipe in our lives! With minimal ingredients, it is a fresh and healthy dinner that tastes amazing. The gnocchi crisps up alongside the garlic mushrooms and broccoli, and dinner is on the table in 30 minutes with only one pan to clean! (Can easily be made vegan too.)
A bowl of comforting and delicious bucatini with tomato sauce! This is an amazing 30 minute recipe which uses cherry tomatoes and butter to make an incredibly tasty sauce to mix in with bucatini or any other pasta.
This 3 ingredient, 30 minute meal will fill you up, get some greens on your plate and taste a little bit luxurious too. It's as simple as roasting some broccoli and stirring in pasta and blue cheese – this is what weeknight dinner dreams are made of.
These vegan sheet pan / traybake fajitas are filling and incredibly tasty with roasted vegetables and black beans in a sticky sweet chili fajita sauce! Easy to make and a winning, crowd pleasing fusion dinner.
Finely minced roasted mushrooms and chickpeas stand in for the "meat" in this incredible vegan chili. The rich deep flavor and hearty texture will have everyone coming back for more. Treat this as a base recipe and customize it to your own family's preferences!
A tasty, flexible casserole filled with potatoes, cheese and vegetables. You can make this your own with your favorite veggies and use it to clear out the fridge! Mixed herbs and spices, plus a few different types of cheese make sure it's as tasty as can be, and it works as a main or side dish.
Making an easy, nutritious dinner is easy with this vegetarian unstuffed pepper casserole recipe! Strips of bell pepper are cooked alongside the deliciously spiced tomato lentil sauce to bring you the flavors and textures you love from a vegetarian stuffed pepper – but in a faster and easier casserole form!
Quick and easy halloumi burgers with sweet chili sauce and avocado. These are incredibly tasty and certain to be a win for a vegetarian burger night! I love to serve mine with avocado and chopped coriander (cilantro), but you can put your favorite toppings to work!
A delicious way to enjoy portobellos (or any other variety of mushrooms), these mushroom wraps are full of flavor and tasty ingredients! We have spinach salad, feta cheese crumbles and a pesto mayonnaise that keeps them juicy, moist and perfect. These vegetarian wraps make for a delicious lunch or light dinner, and no one will miss the meat.
Super easy pizzas made with pie crust (shortcrust pastry) as a base! These are incredibly simple to put together and great to make with kids. The pastry crust gives these pizzas an added richness, and you can add all your favorite toppings.
Red lentils and caramelized onions in a sweet coconut sauce. A creamy, mild and naturally sweet dish that is simple to prepare and works well as a side dish or a main meal with rice. These coconut lentils are vegetarian, vegan and great for babies and kids.
A deliciously cheesy, comforting gluten free lasagna made with cabbage leaves for the lasagne noodles and a tasty red lentil bolognese. You won't believe how decadent this lasagna is! It's a real treat that is super inclusive too – vegetarian, low carb and gluten free.