BEFORE trying out something new in the kitchen, it feels like we have to go out and buy a million and one ingredients first – which is why you can find us chowing down on fish finger sandwiches at least three times a week.
Sound familiar? Then let us introduce you to amateur chef Daisy.
The TikTok star has amassed over 550,000 followers on the video-sharing platform thanks to her simple, cheap and delicious-looking recipes.
Over the past few weeks, the food blogger has been showing aspiring cooks how to make nutritious dinners for just £1.
And the best part is, you don’t need any fancy equipment or specialist ingredients to make them at home.
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Spicy Tomato Pasta
Daisy’s spicy tomato pasta recipe has been hugely popular with TikTok fans and racked up a staggering 2.5m views.
The quick and easy dinner costs only 95p per portion and takes just minutes to make.
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To begin with, Daisy boiled 125g of 25p pasta and then gently fries half an onion in olive oil.
Once it’s turned a light golden colour, the star then added two tablespoons of tomato puree, one teaspoon of chilli flakes, two teaspoons of paprika and some garlic to the pan.
Next, she popped two tablespoons of creme cheese to the mix – by which point the pasta should almost be done.
Daisy explained: “You want to loosen the sauce with some leftover pasta water. Season with salt and pepper as needed.”
Finally, she pours her cooked pasta over the sauce and sprinkles a generous amount of parmesan and parsley over the top.
She added: “You can add extra pasta water if needed to get the sauce to the consistency you like or serve it by itself or with some vegetables.”
Homemade Tomato Soup
As we approach the colder winter months, you can’t beat a bowl of tomato soup – but rather than splashing out on the fresh stuff, Daisy’s method will only set you back 85p a portion.
Naturally, more prep goes into this recipe and Daisy starts by laying 18 large tomatoes, two carrots, an onion and an entire bulb of garlic to a baking tray.
Before putting it in the oven, the blogger popped a sprig of rosemary over the top and covered the whole thing in olive oil, salt and pepper.
She then cooked the vegetables at 200°C for 40 minutes and then mixed into a bowl with some stock and a tablespoon of sugar.
Using a blender to get it to a smoother consistency, Daisy then dunked a cheese toastie into the soup but it can also be enjoyed on its own with a dollop of cream.
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Confession time: we have a big bowl of pesto pasta at least 10 times a month because we can’t be bothered with cooking.
But Daisy’s creamy mushroom pasta recipe is about to make that habit a thing of the past – and it only costs £1.25 a portion too.
The minimal effort method involves gently frying mushrooms with a handful of fresh thyme while you boil your pasta.
Then add a cup of pasta water and powdered stock to thicken the sauce.
She explained: “Add in some cream followed by some parmesan or any other alternative.
“Season with salt and pepper and then add in your cooked pasta. Mix until the pasta is coated in the sauce and serve!”
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