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Meals Under $1: Curried Squash Soup and Cheese Toast

Updated on May 14, 2012

I have been waiting for the weather to get cool enough to try one of the recipes that I bookmarked. It’s hard to believe that 2 days ago it was in the mid 90’s and tonight is supposed to get down to the lower 50’s. It’s no wonder that people in this part of the country get sick during this time of the year. But since I spent all summer complaining about the heat, I think that I shall sit back and enjoy the change. But where are my blankets!?!

The cooler weather gives me a chance to try DeborahNeyens Curried Butternut Squash Soup. This soup was wonderfully thick and creamy, and with the addition of pepperoni, it really hit the spot!

I baked the squash yesterday like she suggested in her recipe and had it ready to go today. I found it easier to break this recipe up into two days since the squash has to be baked for an hour, and then allowed to cool to proceed with the recipe. I cooked the squash while I was cooking my meal last evening.

I did follow her recipe but made a couple substitutions to bring the cost down for what davenmidtown and I are trying to accomplish with our meals under $1. Instead of leeks, substitute the white parts of six scallions or green onions. Substitute some of the green tops for the chives. And instead of chicken stock, make bouillon using chicken flavored bouillon granules or cubes.

For the toast on the side, I used my own Parmesan Cheese Toast recipe. But I used a slice of regular bread instead of slicing up a loaf of another kind bread. It’s not quite as crunchy but it still tastes good. Be sure and watch it while it’s broiling because it can burn rather quickly.

Parmesan Cheese Toast
Parmesan Cheese Toast | Source

Cost Breakdown:

The cost per bowl of soup using suggested substitutions breaks down into:

  • soup (1 of the six suggested servings) = .78
  • 5 slices of pepperoni = .10

For a total of $.50 each.

Serve with:

  • 1 slice parmesan cheese toast = .10

.78 + .10 + .10 = $.98 per person

Obviously, in this scenario, you could omit the pepperoni and have two pieces of toast. The choice would be yours.

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    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Marcy - This really was an interesting recipe. I had never cooked with this squash before, so I enjoyed it. I love curried food also, and the wonderful aroma lingers.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      9 years ago from Planet Earth

      This looks perfect for the rainy day we are having here! I love curried food, and I love soup. A keeper!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Hi, f! Yes, quite a few servings can be prepared in a large squash like this. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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      9 years ago

      Voted up. We're into squash, too; quite a lot of servings can come from one squash, of course.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Minnetonka Twin, it's probable that 50 seemed cool because it was in the 90's the day before. During this time of year we can get 50 degree temp changes day to day. The body just doesn't adapt that quickly.

      I hope you enjoy the recipe. DeborahNeyens’ soup was really tasty.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Rogers 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Can't wait to try this recipe as I just love anything with squash. I agree that the addition of pepperoni in the soup sounds fabulous. I'm bookmarking both hubs and thanks for the great fall recipe. P.S.-I had to giggle when you say 50 is cool. For a Minnesotan like me, that is perfectly mild. LOL :-)

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Deborah! This was a wonderful soup, pleasing to the palate and the eyes. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      9 years ago from Iowa

      I've added a link to your hub in mine. Thanks again for sharing my recipe!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Just a little pepperoni adds flavor to alot of things. I use turkey pepperoni also, so the calories are less. I'll definitely be interested in seeing your collection. I will be posting more recipes soon. Have many more planned in fact. I know I'll be seeing ya soon.

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      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      This is great. I loved reading Deborah's original recipe and you've done a fab job of replicating - and with a little pepporoni too what a great idea! I've bookmarked both of your hubs and I am thinking about doing a "Best HubPages Recipe Collection" series that would feature them both...I'll keep you posted! Voting up.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Happyboomernurse - thanks so much for stopping by! This is a brand new series that davenmidtown and I are collaborating on. It's new, but hope to keep the ideas coming for a while. Thanks for the votes. See you again soon.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      10 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub and I love that it is a part of a Meals Under $1 series. This is the first one I've seen in your series but it looks very good and will hopefully help many people learn how to eat well on a very tight budget. Voted up across the board except for funny. Also bookmarked.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      10 years ago from Texas

      DeborahNeyens - I have to thank you for a really great soup. It's so thick and creamy, and the ginger gives it a little attitude. Thanks also for stopping by.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      10 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for the back link, Cindy. I'm loving your Meals Under $1 series!


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