Easy Tomato Soup

easytomatosoupI suppose this post could be subtitled, “The Continuing Adventures of Using Up Old Tomato Soup.” Although I have already used one can of soup, I still have more cans in the pantry. Making soup out of soup might seem kind of silly, but it is an easy way to make something not-so-appetizing, e.g., the cans of old soup, into a dinner that will satisfy. Frugal dinners don’t have to be unappealing.

In need of a dinner for my family, I decided to use another can of soup. Below are the ingredients that initially went in the crockpot:

  • One can of tomato soup
  • One can of chicken stock
  • One can of fire-roasted tomatoes
  • One can of chickpeas
  • Garlic salt and pepper
  • One onion, diced

Once it had cooked for a bit, I realized that it would be a quite bland soup. I therefore added a few more ingredients:

  • One chipotle
  • Beef bouillon, about two tablespoons
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne
  • More garlic salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Remains of a stick of summer sausage, diced
  • One can of chicken

And the result? A soup with great flavor and still frugal. I managed to use up another can of tomato soup, along with some other ingredients that needed to be utilized. And my family ate dinner without complaints. A win, win for me!

What about for you? Making something similar—I call it “dump soup”–is an easy way to make a frugal meal for your family and use up pantry ingredients that might be close to expiration. By following the general formula of this soup, you can make substitutions that are appropriate for your family and your “use it up” needs. Cooking “outside of the recipe” can be a bit intimidating at first, but it will liberate your dinners and make them truly frugal.

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