I love the recent Poor As Hell Recipes thread, and I often cook in this style because I'm ...really, really cheap. So here's a recipe you can make for
under $2 on a really cold night that will feed two. It's fully customizable, and something everyone can cook.
Here in Nova Scotia, the temperature has dipped to -14 degrees Celcius, or 7 degrees Fareinheit. It's just enough to make me want to warm up with a
steaming hot bowl of soup and a scalding cup of tea.
A can of tomatoes (small or large, you can adjust seasonings to adapt). $.50
Aaannndd.... That's really all you need. You can customize endlessly from here. Tonight I added:
Carrot from the garden, frozen. $.01
A quarter of an onion, from the garden. $.01
Two strips bacon. $.40
I think I inherited that bottle of celery seeds from a grandmother, and I add it to infuse my meals with musty old comfort. Yum.
Fish sauce? Yes. Yes, yes, yes. For me anyways. Why? Because I didn't have any beef stock on hand to balance out the tomatoes, and for some reason,
this does the trick.
Fry up the bacon and onions in a saucepan until they look acceptable. It isn't rocket surgery, I like my bacon crispish, and my onions soft and
Add the carrots, and sauté until tender. At this point, you can either remove the bacon, onions and carrots from the saucepan and add them back
after the tomatoes are puréed, or you can leave them in. I left them in out of sheer laziness.
Splosh the can of tomatoes in the pan, and add a pinch of seasonings that you like, as well as a pinch of sugar or honey if the tomatoes are on the
acidic side. I added a small squirt of fish sauce and Worcestershire for "perceived beefiness".
Simmer your blend for a minute or two and then pull out your hand blender. You don't have a hand blender? Here are some suggestions:
Thoroughly sanitize your garberator...give it a run through there.
Chew several spoonfuls of the soup and just...add them back in. It's your soup anyways.
Try mashing it with a masher or a fork. Chunkiness will result.
Then, when it's blended to your liking, add as much cream as your lactose intolerant European ancestry can handle:
And just in case you forgot, you made a ton of pesto this summer, so find some cubes and toss them in.
Let that simmer for a minute or so. It smells amazing by the way.
Then, if you're feeling first world, boil a kettle and waste that precious water to heat up your soup bowl.
Accessorize how you like.
There you have it. A ten minute, one pot meal, made out of whatever you happen to have; and it isn't Campbells. Have fun making up your own soups all
edit on 5-1-2016 by Atsbhct because: (no reason given)