Affordable Soup Recipes
For an easy and inexpensive meal, try these soup ideas and recipes. Inviting children to choose pasta or vegetables for homemade soup can spur an interest in cooking family-friendly meals, said Sandy Procter, Kansas State University Research and Extension nutrition educator.
Making soup is typically easy and economical, said Procter, who is a registered dietitian and coordinator of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in the state.
Semi-homemade soup"Add ingredients to a commercially prepared soup -- dress up classic tomato soup with fresh cut tomatoes and a little basil, for example -- or choose an easy recipe with ingredients family or friends will like," she said.
"Homemade soup is a good candidate for a slow cooker, but there also are recipes that can be put together to make a meal quickly," she said. If using a recipe for the first time, follow instructions exactly. Once familiar with the recipes, consider adding additional ingredients - such as extra vegetables - to taste.
Top 10 soup ingredientsTo simplify soup making at her house, Procter keeps what she calls her "Top Ten Soup ingredients" on hand. Here's her list:
For toppers, Procter suggests low-sodium whole grain crackers; seasoned croutons; grated cheese; shaped crackers such as Goldfish or a sprinkle of herbs. To complete the meal, she typically makes a salad and adds bread.
Soup recipes usually make several servings and often provide enough for several meals. Cover and refrigerate leftover servings to use within a day or two or place leftover soup in a freezer container, label and date for use as a future meal.
More information on food, nutrition, health and meal preparation is available at county and district Extension offices or on Extension's Web site: www.oznet.ksu.edu/humannutrition/.
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