Okay you're probably wondering what a "stoup" is, right? Well if any of you are fans of Rachael Ray then you'll know, but if not, it's a term she uses to describe a soup that is thinner than a stew, but thicker than a soup. Hence the term "Stoup." I love to make stoups because they are so hearty and filling and just the right texture and thickness. It is bloody cold outside today and snowing like crazy. So I was feeling some soup. But not just any old regular soup...I decided to experiment. Plus I made rolls last night, so I wanted something yummy for that roll to sop up. :) I went digging through my pantry, and my crisper/fridge. I found some Sage flavored sausage and some veggies I needed to use. So I went to work on creating this stoup. You can totally do this in a crock pot, but I didn't do it in enough time so I put it in a pot. It's a one pot meal. My kind of dish! Hope you like it!
*As always I double my soup recipes to freeze the leftovers for days that I really don't want to cook and just want to heat something up. This recipe is for the double version. If you don't want to double it, just cut everything in half and it will still feed 4-6 people.
You'll Need: -1 pkg. Jimmy Dean Sage flavored sausage $2.45 -2 carrots, sliced $free from garden (yes I said from my garden, let me know if you want to know how to keep your garden carrots good all winter.) -1 onion, diced $free from garden (yes this too, although carrots keep much better than onions) -4 stalks of celery, sliced $.15 -1 quart of whole tomatoes $free (canned last year) if you don't have this, use a 15 oz. can of stewed or diced tomatoes. It's about $.70 -2 cans of Great Northern Beans $1 -1 can of beef broth $.59 -2 tbs. olive oil $.10 -Salt and Pepper -1/2 tsp Ground or fresh Sage $.05 -1/2 tsp Oregano $.05 -1/2 tsp Parsley $.05
Total: $4.44 (this is my total if you used the onion and carrots & tomatoes it would be about $5.50 keep in mind this is for 2 meals. So it's really $2.22 per meal for me or $2.75 for you) win-win!
DIRECTIONS: -Brown sausage in a big pot. -While sausage is browning slice/dice all your carrots, celery & onions. Add your olive oil to the bottom of the pan(if you don't drain your meat, then omit the olive oil and use the drippings from the sausage to help brown your veggies) -Let your veggies sweat out a little. -Make sure to add your seasonings (S&P, sage, oregano & parsley) while your veggies are cooking. This flavors them so nice and you will have a very flavorful stoup. Not just a flavorful broth. -Once veggies are to a crisp tender stage, add your beans and tomatoes with the juice still in them. -Add beef broth. -If doing it in a crock pot let cook on low for 4 hrs. If on the stove cook on simmer for 2 hrs. The longer you let it simmer the more flavorful it will be. FYI. :)
*I am serving this will fresh homemade rolls. And I can smell it as I'm typing. My stomach is growling already. Dinner can seriously not come fast enough!
**This is my updated version of this stoup. I have done experimenting and I really like this version even better! It's good either way you make it, you can leave the new stuff out, but it tastes so much better and adds more dimension to it! This stoup looks like puke, but tastes amazing! It has been nick-named "Puke Stoup" by none other than my "creative" hubby. Don't let the name scare you away though. Yummo!
Okay a stoup is from Rachael Ray (thicker than a soup but thinner than a stew-STOUP!) I was in an experimental mood and wanted something yummy but easy, and easy clean up (one pot!!) the night I came up with this. Plus I had like nothing in my fridge! So this is what I came up with!! Let me know if you like it!
You'll need: -1 lb. hamburger /sausage or chicken works good too ($1.50) -Carrots (from the garden) -Celery ($.20) -Onions (from the garden) -Beef stock (2 cans)/also works with chicken stock ($1.00 bought on sale for $.50 a can) -1 to 1 1/2 cups of rice ($.25) -Bay leaf, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper, terragon, sage ($.25)
-1 can of cream of mushroom/chicken ($1.00-unfortunately not on sale)
-dollop of sour cream ($.15)
-parmesan (if desired) ($.10)
TOTAL: $4.45 DIRECTIONS: *Brown hamburger in a stock pot. *Add grated carrots, chopped onions, and chopped celery and let them sweat out until tender. *Add beef stock and bring to a boil. *Add rice (not cooked); 1 bay leaf, couple shakes of thyme, parsley, terragon, sage and salt and pepper, then turn down heat to simmer and let it cook until dinner time.
*10 min. before you eat, add the cream of mushroom/chicken, and the sour cream and parmesan. Give it just enough time to heat through.
*Enjoy!! ***I usually do this around lunch time (noon) ~ Hint: You might have to occasionally add a little water here and there if it looks like it's getting too thick. **enjoy cleaning only one pan!!
~Hint: This makes a TON of soup. We usually eat half, then I store the other half in the freezer for a day I don't want to cook! Easy cheesy!
I posted this a while ago, and this week while I was on a "I don't know what to cook" kick, I asked my daughter what she wanted for dinner and without any thought she yelled "sloppy joes!" So sloppy joes it was. Easy, quick, and oh so delicious. I haven't found a better sloppy joe recipe than my mother-in-laws! It is great!! And I haven't found a single person who won't eat this either!!
You'll need: -2 lbs ground beef=free (we did a beef last year) around $3.00 -1/4 cup chopped/minced onion=free from garden -1 tsp. chili powder=$.05 -2 tbs. brown sugar=$.10 -1 tbs. vinegar=$.05 -2 tbs. mustard=$.10 -1/2 cup ketchup=$.30 (bought on sale for $1) -1 tbs. worshetershire sauce=$.10 -1-8 oz. can tomato paste=$.28 -1 can cream of mushroom soup=$1.00 -2 tbs. barbeque sauce for "zing"=free (bought on sale for $1, used a $1/1 coupon!)
total=$1.98 ($4.98 with cost of beef)
DIRECTIONS: *Brown hamburger in skillet with onions. *Add all ingredients and cook till really hot, then serve on hamburger buns!!
*I served this with watermelon from our garden and some cooked trumpet squash also from the garden.
**This makes a TON; so we usually eat 1/2 then freeze the other 1/2 for another time, easy dinner prep! Just warm and serve!
This was one of those days I looked through my pantry and saw a can of Rotel tomatoes and though, "Hm....what could I make with that?" So I grabbed some frozen chicken, and started tossing a few things together. I was a little unsure of how the chicken would turn out, but was extremely pleased once I tasted it. Wow. It's very different, but very satisfying. It kind of hits you with a little kick and then some sweetness comes later. It's very nice. :) Let me know what you think of it if you try it! It's quick, easy, cheap, and my kids devoured it. The best part!
You'll Need: -4 frozen chicken breasts ($2) -1 can Rotel ($.78) -1/4 cup brown sugar (.$15) -1 can chicken broth ($.50) -1/2 c. cheddar cheese -would be great with a spicy mexican cheese too (.48)
DIRECTIONS: -Pop the frozen chicken breasts down in your crock pot. -Pour in the Rotel & broth. -Sprinkle brown sugar on top. -Let cook on low for 5-6 hrs. or on high for 3-4 hrs. -Right as you take the chicken out to serve it, top it with some cheese. And some S&P to your liking. I found just a tad was great.
*I served this with a box of 4 cheese Rice a Roni, and some Bottled green beans from the garden. Making my meal total equal=$4.91 Not bad for a 4 person meal. I even had a little left over for lunch tomorrow.
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