Updated: May 28
Get cozy this Winter without having to break the bank with these budget-friendly soup recipes.
Each soup is made with simple, inexpensive ingredients but still packs a seasonal punch.
A bowlful of this soup is so satisfying, it's hard to believe it's actually good for you, too. I crave it all the time. With lots of beans and potatoes, it's filling and even hits the spot with meat lovers. —Kristina Krummel, Elkins, Arkansas
Prep/Total Tiime: 30 mins
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
1 can (15-1/2 ounces) navy beans, rinsed and drained
2 to 2-1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Add potato and carrots; cook and stir 3 minutes.
Add onion, celery, zucchini and jalapeno; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
1 cup: 164 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 714mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein.
Cheers to a hearty bowl of soup and a healthy affordable meal ~ Mary