I have recently been using variations on a type of soup for my dinners. And sometimes lunches. Because I’ve made a very easy, inexpensive recipe that’s fairly flexible, fairly tasty, and fairly filling.
Easy Soup Recipe
I love this recipe, in large part because it’s inexpensive in both money and time. Prep time: about 5-10 minutes, tops. Cooking time: 20-45 minutes. Total: less than an hour until you get a hearty, delicious soup. 🙂
Necessary Ingredients (makes about 4-6 servings.)
- 6 cups of water (free)
- 2 TBSP of either chicken or beef “Better than Bouillon” (BtB) (About $1 if you get it from Amazon, so call it about $.2/serving.)
- 1 small can of tomato paste ($.3? So, $.07/serving?)
- 1 onion ($.50-$.60? I dunno… $.10-$.12/serving)
- 2 carrots ($.2, so $.04/serving)
- 2 celery sticks ($.2? $.04/serving)
- 1/2 C rice (Negligible.)
- Beans (Optional. I use black beans or pinto beans.) ($.95, so $.2/serving)
- (optional) some almonds, pecans, or (I haven’t tried this one yet) walnuts. (This makes it a bit more expensive. But I use about 1/3 of a cup for the entire recipe, so it’s still not that bad.) (I am not going to include the price here.)
The prices here are mostly negligible.
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Cinnamon to taste
- Prepared Mustard (I use Beaver’s Hot and Sweet when I use the beef BtB)
- Parsley to taste
- Salt (not needed with normal BtB)
- Cheese. (Either white or cheddar, or white cheddar.) ($.5 or $.6/serving.)
Total cost: about $.65/serving. (Not including the price of any bread you choose to have with it. But that’s also fairly inexpensive, and probably costs no more than about $.10/serving. So, call it about $.75/serving. Not bad!)
- In a soup pot, bring 6 C of water to a boil
- While water is boiling, slice onions, carrots, and celery. Add to the water at any point in time.
- When water is boiling, add the 2 Tbsp of BtB, the spices, and the can of tomato paste. Stir until BTB is dissolved, and tomato paste is well incorporated
- Add the 1/2 C rice, stir.
- Reduce heat as much as possible, as though you were cooking the rice. Cover, and let sit for at least 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the rice from sticking.
- (Optional) After about 15 minutes, heat the beans you will want in your soup.
- (NONOPTIONAL). When soup is done, serve into bowl. (If including beans in order to get the complete protein, or whatever it is, combine the two sets now.)
- (optional) If using cheese, now’s a good time to add it in. My personal favorite combo is a combination of the “babybell” cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, and Romano.
- (Optional) Heat some french bread (or other starchy bready thing) to go with.
- (completely nonoptional) Enjoy. 🙂