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When I need to save money on food we eat alot of soup! Now I am not talking about boring soup, this is really tasty soup! I have had so many compliments on just a bowl of soup that I have made, that it is worth it! I found that I like soup with just a bit of meat in it, not alot, but just a bit. A little bit can go a long way in soup if you make the pieces small enough. It flavors the bowl and doesn't leave you wondering where the rest went!
This soup though I like, you can put meat in it, but I like it without. I start with 2 qts chicken broth and add 4-5c. cubed potatoes and 1 c. celery diced. Simmer until potatoes are soft and add seasonings to taste. Salt and pepper are good. Serve with a small spoon of sour cream in the soup. It is different than regular potato soup and so easy and fast to make.
Another one I like to make is what my husband calls “Russian soup” I guess to show the difference between it and Borcht! (measurements are apx. as I do not measure when making soup) I will fill a pan half way with cubed potatoes, add water about 4-5 inches above the potatoes and start to cook. In another pan I will saute 1/2 finely diced onion, 2 grated carrots. Add a little water to your pan before adding to your potatoes. Add about 1 T. chicken boullion to pot, salt to taste and 1/2 c. rice. While those are simmering, take 1/2 lb-3/4 lb. ground meat and form into tiny meatballs (1/2″) drop slowly into simmering potatoes If it looks like you need more liquid I add more water. Simmer slowly until rice and potatoes are done and meat is cooked through. Add salt, pepper to taste and little bit of fresh dillweed.
I could go on all night with different kinds of soup! We eat soup several times a week and enjoy our soup very much! A piece of homemade bread and bowl of soup cannot be beaten!