OK gals...I take soup to work every single day! I have done this since I started my journey....soup and a sandwich instead of chips and dip...or something else crappy for break and lunch like kipper snacks and crackers.
I used to buy the healthy request chunky types...you all know the brand
or some of the other better brand names...
but with the new economy I am finding it a real pain to pay for soup....I used to get 10 cans for $8 or 10 for 10...now they seem to be $2.50 a can...ouch!
I do make my own chili....pretty darn good too...
but...there has to be more to life...
have you got a soup recipe that I can make and "love" ...one that goes with the turkey sandwich on whole wheat...
__________________ As long as I live I will TESTIFY HIS LOVE!
Easy Veggie Cheese
2 Large cans chicken stock
2 bags frozen cali veggies
1 head cabbage-sliced
Green beans-fresh or frozen
You can add ANY veggies
Simmer in stock until veggies tender
Remove from heat-stir in light velveta (to taste)I use small block.
Very easy to make and you can customize to your taste.
Here are my favorites that I make or I buy canned from Aldi's/Save Alot/Sams club.
Potato Soup from hashbrowns: ( I love this soup, easy and cheap)
1 bag frozen cube hash browns (has to be the little cube ones) $1.99
1 large can chicken broth (the big one that is size of tomato juice) $1.99
1/2 packet white country gravy mix $1 (or more to taste, save rest for another time)
Total: $4.98, makes around 10-11 cups
In pot add all ingredients, bring to a boil. Use hand mixer or blender (after cooled a bit) to puree until smooth. I personally add more water to thin out because it is a really thick soup. Add water a little at a time and taste to see if it is where you want it. Put back in pot and warm on low for a few mins.
Another way of making:
1 bag Ore Ida O'Brien Hasbrowns (16 oz., frozen)
Or 8 med potatoes peeled and diced small
2 cans fat free chicken broth
1 can 98% FF cream of chicken
2 cans Water
1 pkg. McCormick Country Gravy Mix (found in Gravies & Mixes isle)
Directions same as above.
Makes 14 cups
2 cups very lean raw hamburger
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans whole corn
3 cups tomato juice
3 cups water
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch mix
2 packages Taco season
Put ingredients 2 through 6 in a large soup pot. Add only one package of Taco season and start cooking.
Brown meat (rinse and measure out 2 cups if meat has a lot of fat). Then finish browning.
Add: onion, salt and pepper to taste, one package of taco mix and a little water.
Let simmer and mash into small pieces. Add this to soup pot and let simmer for 4 hours.
15-18 cherry tomatoes or 1 ½ regular size tomatoes, halved (about 1½ cups)
2 cloves garlic
¾ cup chicken stock
½ cup cream (milk, or nonfat yogurt)
Step 1: Add tomatoes, garlic and chicken stock to blender.
Step 2: Steamer in microwave for 2-3 minutes, until the tomato is soft.
Step 3: add cream
Step 4: Blend until you have a smooth soup-like consistency.
This recipe is for 3 bowls, or 6 cups of soup. For more servings, simply multiply each ingredient by the number of servings you want to create.
Fat Free Version:
Use fat-free plain yogurt or skim milk instead of cream.
Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to create a vegetarian version.
Chicken Tortilla Soup From: Campbell's Kitchen
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup lowfat
1 can Campbell's® Condensed Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
2 soup cans milk *
1 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chiles
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and diced
Mix soups, milk, chilies and chicken in 3 1/2-qt. slow cooker.
Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hr.
Place a few tortilla chips in each serving bowl. Ladle hot soup over chips. Serve immediately.
TIP: * To make thinner soup, add more milk. Recipe may be doubled.
I love making soups, but I usually make them by the "dump" method. I start with a soup base and dump leftovers, and anything but the kitchen sink into the soup.
I do make my own stock occasionally (or a semi-homemade stock from a grocery store rotisserie chicken), but for quick bases I use one or more of the following: tomato juice, V-8, canned stock, or even bouillon cubes or powdered soup base and water, canned soups like tomato or cream of mushroom (which I buy at Aldi's for about 50 cents).
My diet standby is vegetable soup made with half chicken broth, half tomato juice or V-8 (I like spicy V-8) and whatever veggies I have in the fridge. Canned, frozen or fresh or leftover. I chop and toss into the soup and simmer til all the veggies are tender. For me, it's not veggie soup if it doesn't contain onion, carrot, and cabbage (and sometimes that's all), but I also add whatever else I've got - diced beets, corn, peas, potato (not much of those) diced tomatoes, green beans, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower.
When I make fresh salsa, especially if I make too much and won't be able to finish it in a few days, I throw that into some chicken broth or spicy V-8 (or a bit of both), with some leftover meat if I've got some. A few weeks ago, I made a salsa that contained sweet corn, black beans, diced cucumber and avocado as well as the usual tomato, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. I wasn't sure how the cucumber and avocado would be in the soup, but I thought "what the heck," and it turned out to be one of my best ever left over soups. The avocado was creamy and cucumber cooks up almost indistinguishable from cooked zucchini (although with cucumber I always remove the seeds first, especially before putting into a salsa or before cooking).
My Etsy shop (currently closed for the summer)
My go-to quick soup is a minestrone. Veggie broth, kidney beans, onion, garlic, celery, peppers, fire roasted tomatoes, carrots, corn, and potato if I'm in the mood, or whole wheat pasta. Add a spoonful of pesto to the bowl and it's super tasty.
I freeze my pesto in ice cube trays, then pop them into a bigger bag. By the time I get around to warming up my soup, the pesto has thawed. Mmmmm.
My second go-to is leek and potato soup, with a pine nut "cream".
EZ (and others), I have a nice soup recipe for you, it's a version of minestrone:
1 tbs vegetable oil
2 leeks cut in thin slices and washed
2 sticks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 can tomatoes, chopped
7.5 cups vegetable stock (I use chicken instead)
3 oz. dry pasta (like macaroni or small penne)
7-8 oz mixed green veg, like peas, green beans, sugar snap etc., cut into 1" lengths
1 can flageolet beans, drained and rinsed (have used others in the past, flageolets can be hard to find here)
1 tbs pesto
freshly ground black pepper
6 tbs freshly grated parmesan to serve
heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan, add the leeks, celery and garlic and cook over low heat 6-8 minutes.
add the tomatoes, stock and pasta, bring to a boil and cook, partially covered, for 8 minutes.
stirr in the green vegetables, flageolet beans and pesto and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
Season with pepper
To serve, sprinkle parmesan on top.
Makes 6 serving ( and quite generous ones), at 161 kcal. per portion
Also I just lookedon eatingwell.com, a site I use a lot because all their recipes have nutritional information, and they have 2360 soup recipes! That should keep you going for a while.
Last edited by dutchgirl : 08-02-2009 at 03:59 AM.