Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Hearty, Cool Weather Recipe On The Cheap!

Now that the leaves are colorful and crisp and there's a chill in the air, it's the perfect time to start thinking about those cool weather meals. You know the that is hearty, easy to make and that warms more than the stomach.

My kids and husband have their cool weather favorites....chili, chicken and dumplings and finally, potato soup.

My potato soup recipe has been handed down through my family, though it's nothing special, it's simple, delicious and so incredibly cheap! I can feed my family of 5, with leftovers, for about $6....yes, six bucks!! Even my picky eater, who could live on mashed potatoes, never turns her nose up at my potato soup.

Here's my recipe:

5 lb. bag of potatoes
1 large onion
1 can evaporated milk
1 stick butter or margerine

Peel and cube potatoes as if you're making homemade mashed potatoes. Dice onions. Rinse all in a colander and place in a stew pot. Cover potatoes and onions with water (about 3 inches above) and bring to boil. Once potatoes are soft enough to be pierced by a fork, turn heat down to low and add evapoated milk and butter (do not drain the water). Stir, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over low heat until heated thoroughly. (You can also add potato flakes to thicken if you like a thicker broth)

Serve as a hearty vegetarian meal or let your family customize their soup. My family loves adding shredded cheese, crispy bacon, ham or turkey chunks to their soup. You can also make your soup lighter by using skim milk rather than canned, evaporated milk or make it more healthy by adding carrots or celery. Either way, this is an inexpensive meal you can feed a big family with and even customize to make your own.