Noche Buena for Six: 3 Dishes You Can Cook Under P650

Make the holidays more magical with these hearty meals for your family!

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With Christmas fast approaching, you may already be busy planning the Noche Buena feast you're serving up this year. But if you're concerned about the expenses, don't fret: You can whip up an extravagant spread perfect for your family's handaan without having to exceed your usual budget. All you need is a sprinkle of creativity, a dash of diskarte, and a dose of kitchen magic! Here are three budget-friendly recipes that are guaranteed to be the stars of the night come Christmas Eve:


Cheesy Spaghetti

This Italian dish gets an upgrade with the addition of a universal favorite: crispy bacon bits. The all-purpose cream adds a delicate richness to the sauce, while the all-in-one seasoning provides a natural depth of flavor—giving your pasta dish that extra oomph. Visit this link for the complete recipe.


Makes 4 to 6 servings


125 grams bacon

2 teaspoons annatto seeds (atsuete)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 cup water

1 pack 250 milliliters Nestlé All Purpose Cream

4 tablespoons cheese, grated

1 sachet Maggi Magic Sarap® (8 grams)

1/4 kilogram spaghetti


Total cost of the dish: P158.25


Chicken Embutido with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Why go for the typical chicken dishes when there’s a way to make it handaan-ready? The burst of flavors in this sweet and savory recipe will tickle the taste buds of kids and adults alike, magically transforming your meal into a great family moment. Go here for the complete cooking instructions.


Makes 6 servings


1/4 cup breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons evaporated milk, mixed with 2 tablespoons water

1/2 kilogram coarsely ground chicken

1 small carrot, coarsely grated

2 tablespoons pickle relish

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup raisins, chopped

1/2 bar cheese, cut half into sticks and grate half

1 egg, beaten

2 sachets Maggi Magic Sarap® (8 grams)

4 hotdogs

2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into wedges



2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup vegetable oil



2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, diced

1/4 cup mushroom, chopped

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup Nestlé All-Purpose Cream

1 tablespoon parsley, minced


Total cost of the dish: P254.55


Lumpiang Shanghai

The art of making this Filipino party staple is a tradition in itself. Maybe you can even get extra hands to help you with the wrapping. Don't worry about having leftovers—you can easily freeze them and serve another day. Check here for the complete recipe.


Makes 6 servings


1/2 kilogram freshly ground pork

1 onion, minced

1 small carrot, grated

1/4 cup grated cheese

1/2 sachet Maggi Magic Sarap® (8 grams)

2 tablespoons Maggi® Oyster Sauce

18 pieces medium lumpia wrappers

1 cup vegetable oil


Total cost of the dish: P214


Total cost of all three dishes: P626.80


Clearly, you don't need to spend a lot to make your Noche Buena extra festive. The love that you put into your cooking is already a cause for celebration! With a little planning, budgeting, and a dose of Maggi Magic Sarap®, you can create dishes that your family will surely remember for the next Christmases to come. 

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