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Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Hearty Easy Meal for $5

Here's an easy peasy meal that is Really Inexpensive....if my sons read this post, they'll remember this meal from when they were growing up! I still make it, because the Gman and I just love it!!

Actually, anyone who's every had this Soup just loves it! It's healthy, really hearty and at certain times of the month (as in just before payday) an inexpensive meal is... well... needed.

You know how sometimes it's not a matter of having money at the end of the month....it's a matter of having month left at the end of the money!


We've all been there.....right?





I use Ham in this Soup. You can buy one of those thick Ham Steaks....cube it up. The more people that eat the soup, the smaller I cube the meat. Ha!






I use less than half a bag of Soup Mix...you know, those bags with lentils, peas and alphabet noodles. You'll find it in the grocery aisle with the dried lentils....

1 can of Tomato soup and a pot of water. I've made this Soup in my largest pot, and use 2 cans of Tomato Soup.

Put the water on to boil, and put the cubed ham in there. Let it boil for at least 20 minutes, more if you can....you want the water flavoured by the ham.....yummmmm

Then add your Tomato Soup, and some of the Soup Mix.  If I make it in my huge pot, I add half the bag...a little goes a pretty long way! Add parsley and whatever other herbs you like.




Give it a good stir, add in some salt and pepper and turn the element down to about 4. Give it a few more good stirs....maybe every 20 minutes or so. You don't want the Soup Mix sticking to the bottom of the pot.  Turn it down a bit more after about 45 minutes.....let the Soup thicken. You could easily set the element to 2, and go on with your day. Every time you walk thru the kitchen, just give it a stir.

Not ready to eat when the Soup is nice and thick? No problem, just add more water.





See how it thickens over time? It's smelling pretty darn good by this point. Serve with warm homemade bread or buns.




And...here's what it looked like the next day. This Soup is one of those recipes where it just tastes even better the following day! You can add more water, if you like and let it simmer again....

Guarenteed to satisfy Hungry Men and Teenage Boys!!

Enjoy! If you make this for your family, please don't forget to come back and let me know what you think!!

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2 comments:

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Mmm-mmm. I love a good soup. That looks like a good one for the crock pot.

Tonite we're having steaks on the grill, ranch taters, and beans that I froze from last year's garden.

Aunt Krissy said...

That does sound good. I make something like that but use smoked ham hocks.