Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

slowcookercheeseburgersoupIn my house, I try to make food that will satisfy a few criteria:

  • It must be frugal.
  • It must be filling.
  • It must be appetizing.

I would add “healthy” to that list, but that can be an iffy thing at times. When I saw the recipe for Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup, I thought I’d give it a try. It seemed to fit my family’s tastes but also required ingredients that we generally had on hand. I did, however, make a few adjustments to make it a bit more frugal and make up for those ingredients that we didn’t have in our pantry.

Here are the changes that I made:

  • 1/2 pound of breakfast sausage instead of the ground beef
  • Omitted potatoes
  • Added 1/2 box of small shell pasta
  • Added remainder of bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower
  • Powdered beef base with water instead of canned chicken broth

This produced a rich soup that didn’t require spices added at the end. Too, it was readily eaten by even my husband’s daughter, who is an extremely picky eater. Unlike many soups that are not so good the next day, this soup actually retained its appeal, and so everyone enjoyed the leftovers with no complaints.

The changes that I made followed some rules of frugal cooking:

  • Use a small amount of expensive ingredients, such as the breakfast sausage.
  • Fill out the meal by using less expensive ingredients, such as the pasta.
  • Use up what you have on hand, making adjustments in a recipe if necessary.

All in all, this was a great soup, with just some changes to make it more frugal. Once you learn the basics of improvising in your cooking, it’s relatively easy. And with cool weather coming our way, who doesn’t like a nice, hot soup for dinner?

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