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    Smile Let's Talk SOUP!

    OK, folks. It's snowing outside (our first of the season), the budget is tight, and I'm in the mood for soup. I'm thinking a good, old-fashioned, made from scratch, slow-cookin', savor-flavor up the house kind of soup.

    Do you have any creative ways to use up left overs in soup? Any new takes on old favorites? What's your family's first choice in soup? Got a really budget friendly soup? Are your soups the simmer-all-day kind, or the quickie last minute kind?

    Here's a casual one to start us off:

    "WHATEVER" CREAMY CHEESY VEGGIE SOUP

    Dice your favorite leftover veggies. Or start with fresh. Or use frozen or canned........ "whatever". Cook until tender. I like to cook them in a little chicken stock.

    Add more chicken stock............ "whatever" amount you want.

    Add some cut up Velveeta-type cheese........ "whatever" brand you like. I usually use about a cup of cheese. Stir over low heat until melted.

    Add milk.......... "whatever" kind you like: whole, half and half, 2%, skim, until you have "whatever" consistency you like.

    Ummmmm........ It's smooth, piping hot, creamy, cheesy, and uses up my odds and ends. I season it with a little black pepper, but it depends on how much seasoning was in the left overs. "Whatever!"
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    that's how i make my chicken soup, i plan on making it tomorrow for dinner.

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    I have already did the chicken soup last week. The chili this week.. Thinking about a good veggie, beef, barley..

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    Default Here's my chicken noodle soup

    I actually posted this several months ago, I went and found it, copied it, and "wa-la" here is it again....(look at the prices that I have listed, it really shows the jump in grocery costs - I did this the other day at .59# and I was happy!)

    It's so funny - I was JUST thinking about starting a thread like this. What made me think of it was what we had for dinner last nite.

    My homemade chicken noodle is more of a method than a recipe, but here goes:

    Get a bag of cheap ckn hindqtrs - i can sometimes find them for .29 a pound, but not lately, I just used a bag the other day that was .39 a pound
    (.39 a pound times 10 pound bag = 3.90)

    Skin the chicken and boil. I add whatever kind 0f veggies I have on hand, or none if I don't have any. (carrots, onion, celery - use it up!)
    Boil till the meat falls off the bone - about an hour, or much longer - it doesn;t matter. I then take the chicken out and strain the broth getting rid of the mushy veggies (I just use them for flavour). Let the broth sit overnite and then take off the fat in the AM. Take the chicken off the bone and separate into casserole portions. I get about 5 bags of nearly 2 cups each or so.
    OK - so you have the broth and 5 bags of chicken (5 meals)
    3.9/= .78 A MEAL for the meat (it's only .58 a meal at .29#)

    Now, for the soup - put the broth and ONE BAG of chicken in a big pot - (.78 cents so far), let it heat up and make noodles/dumplings:
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup milk
    1 t salt
    mix and add 2 cups flour
    roll to desired thickness and let rest a few minutes.
    then slice and drop in hot soup for an hour or so.

    THAT'S IT!! I fugure the noodles have MAYBE 30 cents in them with the price of eggs going up 78 cents plus 30 cents = 1.08 FOR THE WHOLE MEAL I can feed my family fo 5 this meal and it will feed us two nights, plus a few bowls for lunches!!!!!!!!! We put crackers, or bread in it if we have it. If we don;t - it's still great!!

    Thanks for letting me share this - it is truly my most tightwad meal!!!

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    We always have a soup jar in the freezer.

    Leftover peas--throw them in the soup jar. Leftover steak---in the soup jar. Once it gets full, throw it in a pot, add tomato juice and some seasonings of your choice and you have vegetable soup

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    Lots here https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/...c&daysprune=-1
    and here's a couple threads from the bunch
    [ame="https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18642"]Homemade Soups - Frugal Village Forums[/ame]
    [ame="https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44566"]More Soups - Frugal Village Forums[/ame]




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    ~I made minestrone soup this week. Something I do that's kinda different is that I saute the onions, carrots and celery with a dozen slices of pepperoni. Then I remove the pepperoni and add the other ingredients and serve the soup with the crisp pepperoni slices on top. Even my veggie paranoid hubby says it's really good!~

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    mmmmmm, soup.........

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