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Homemade Sausage Potato Soup
Cooking from scratch is a great way to save money in the kitchen. Soup is usually a great way to stretch ingredients and save money at the same time. One of our favorite dinners in the winter is Sausage Potato Soup. You can add or take out ingredients depending on what you have on hand. This dish also requires a little bit of meat, but it goes a long way in this dish. As far as homemade meals go, soup is one of the easiest ones to make.
1/2 pound of ground sausage
2 cups of frozen corn
3 can of chicken broth, or even better, make your own
1 stalk celery
3 large carrots
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 & 1/2 cups of milk
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a large pot brown the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks. While the sausage is cooking, peel and dice the potatoes and carrots and dice the celery. Remember that the smaller the dicing, the faster it will cook, so if you are pressed for time, cut up the veggies smaller and it won't have to boil for as long. Drain the sausage and set aside for later.
In the same pan combine the chicken broth, potatoes, celery, carrots and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender - 20 minutes or so. At this point, I add the corn. I find it gets a little mushy if I add it with the other veggies. Then I add the milk, cheese and sausage. I use powdered milk when I cook, so in place of 1 & 1/2 cups of milk, I add about 1/3 of a cup of powdered milk and 1 & 1/2 cups of water. It mixes up fine while the dish is finishing up. Cook and stir over low heat until the cheese is melted and the soup is heated through.
This soup is great with corn muffins. It is very filling and easy to make. It is also very frugal, which I love. The price of the ingredients, bought on sale, is as follows - sausage $1, potatoes $.50, carrots $.15, celery $.10, chicken broth $1 for the cans, or free if homemade, corn $.89, cheese $1, milk $.25, seasonings are pretty minimal. Total cost of this soup is $4.89 with store bought chicken broth and $3.89 with homemade chicken broth. Add the muffins and the total cost of the dinner is under $ 5.00 or $6.00. This feeds my family of 6 a big dinner with lots of leftovers for my husband's lunches.
This recipe can be adapted, which I always love in recipes. You can easily substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth and leave out the sausage for a great vegetarian dish. You can also increase the amount of vegetables to feed a crowd. Don't forget to increase the liquids as well though. Either compensate with the broth or the milk to keep the flavor. If you want a dairy free alternative, just leave out the cheese and add rice milk instead of cows milk. Original flavored rice milk does not taste any different from cows milk and I use it all the time in recipes. The only thing is it increases the cost of the recipe, so keep that in mind.
Homemade soups are a great way to stretch your grocery dollars and the food in your cupboard. Sausage Potato Soup is a favorite at my house and I hope it becomes a favorite at yours too.