Apr 28, 2010

Recipe Wednesday: Flavorful Italian Soup (Merrick)

Well folks, I'm back on the blogging bandwagon. Thank you for all your sweet comments about our little guy. We're all recovering very well, and actually getting quite a bit of sleep! We couldn't have asked for a better baby!

Along with the birth of our baby, we had many people bringing over meals, as well as my mom cooking for us while she was here for a week. So now that our stash of leftovers and frozen meals are depleting, I'm forced to start cooking again. For these next few weeks when I'm adjusting to being a full time mom and juggling everything that goes along with that role, I'm going to keep cooking pretty simple. Guaranteed to be included in those simple meals is one our favorites -- Flavorful Italian Soup.

Although there are quite a few ingredients, it's one of those recipes where you chop everything up and throw it in a pot all at once. So easy.

Flavorful Italian Soup
1/2 smoked sausage link, sliced ($1.50)
4 cups chicken broth ($0.16)
1 cup water
2 medium potatoes, cubed (peeled if desired) ($0.30)
1 cup chopped carrot ($0.30)
1/2 cup chopped onion ($0.10)
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms ($1.00)
1 teaspoon dried basil ($0.05)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning ($0.05)
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce ($0.05)
Dash garlic salt
1/3 package broken uncooked spaghetti (2-inch pieces) ($0.40)

In a large cooking pot, combine sausage, broth, water, vegetables, and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add spaghetti. Cover and simmer 8-10 minutes longer or until spaghetti and vegetables are tender. Serves 4.

Total Cost: $3.91. That's pretty hard to beat.


Nathan and Sharlynn Heinitz said...

Looks delicious! I'm going to try it this next week. Glad your little one is letting you get some sleep!

Emily C said...

To make it even cheaper, just substitute kidney beans for the sausage. I make a similar soup with the addition of celery.