Thursday, October 27, 2011

What's For Dinner? Potato Parmesan Soup

As part of our money saving strategy, we are always on the lookout for inexpensive but delicious and -- most importantly -- kid friendly recipes.  We'll be sharing the best of these with you.

The crock-pot is a fabulous invention for folks on a budget.  It can take the cheapest of ingredients and transform them into something fantastic.  Whether you're working with cheap stew meat, whole chickens or a mess of vegetables, you can toss them in the crock-pot and have dinner.

Potato Parmesan Soup

8 white potatoes, peeled and cut into evenly sized cubes
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 of a sweet onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Johnny's Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon sage

Combine these ingredients in your crockpot.  Set to low, and cook for about five to six hours, until the potatoes are nice and tender.

1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup whipping cream (half-n-half or regular milk will work fine, too)

Mix these together in a bowl, stirring until smooth.  Add the mixture to the crockpot

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
8 cooked and crumbled bacon strips
1 1/3 cups cream or milk

Stir all of these into the crock-pot.  Cover the pot and cook for about another 30 minutes, long enough for it to thicken.  Top each serving with additional cheese and crumbled bacon, if you like.

This recipe makes about 12 servings.  Which means..... LEFTOVERS!!  This soup stores well and heats up nicely in the microwave and tastes even better the following day.

Cost per serving: $1.09
(Note:  I didn't include items that are typically in our kitchen, like the spices and flour, when calculating the price per serving of this recipe.)

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