Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Soup

I love a good, frugal meal. Especially one that uses leftovers in a different way! So imagine my delight when I found a recipe for Mashed Potato Soup that is easy to modify with whatever you have on hand. The basic recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com/ is:

1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (prepared with milk and butter)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh or dried chives

In a saucepan, saute the onion in butter until tender. Add milk, potatoes, salt and celery salt if desired and pepper; heat through. Garnish with chives.

The first time I made it, I added cheese, a bag of frozen broccoli, carrots and cheese sauce and bacon bits.

I made it again last night and used the rest of our turkey gravy, the last bits of yellow and red peppers, a half bag of frozen broccoli, the last few carrots, Mexican shredded cheese and 1/2 a kielbasa sausage cut up.

I never measure anything as I just dump in leftover potatoes and enough milk to make it creamy but not too thin. Hubby loves it and it is a great "clean out the fridge" dinner!

This usually makes it into our menu plan bi-weekly or when our odds and ends container in the freezer gets full!!

3 comments:

Brooke said...

i made a couple of batches of potato soup last night. :) don't ya just love winter?

Sweetwater Savings said...

What a great idea! I just made mashed potatoes the other day, so I'm going to try it this weekend.
Liz
www.sweetwatersavings.com

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Sounds yummy!

:)