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I love soup. I eat it practically all winter long, and don't stop for the three other seasons. Soup is a complete meal, so when I’m short on time, I start cooking knowing that one pot will be dinner for at least two nights and probably a few lunches. I have my favorite soups for sure: lentil, split pea, tortilla, gazpacho, to name a few. But I only recently began thinking about one of my absolute favorite soup recipes--potato leek soup--as a cheap meal for frugal times. Taking advantage of the potato is a delicious way to eat with pennies on the dollar. And so, it’s in that spirit that I bring you three cheap and easy potato recipes. Keep them tucked away and bring them out the next time your wallet starts to feel a little light.Leek & Potato Soup
This is simple food at it’s finest. Warming, soothing and cleansing. Eat it year around for a cheap and easy meal.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large or 3 medium leeks--cleaned well and sliced
3 medium russet potatoes--washed and diced
1 quart chicken stock
1 quart water
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
In a large soup pot, sauté the leeks and one teaspoon of salt in the olive oil until slightly tender. Add in the potatoes, chicken stock, water, and seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce to a light boil and cook for 30-45 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
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This is a great side dish, but it can also work as a complete meal--especially when served on a bed of greens.