Chicken Wild Rice Soup

chicken wild rice soup

Chicken Wild Rice Soup is one of the first things I started making regularly when I was first married nearly 20 years ago.  It’s a Minnesota classic. I got this recipe from a Byerly’s cookbook that I got as a newlywed.  I adapted it slightly, mainly by adding chicken instead of ham (both taste good, however).

Frugal Tips:  This is a freezer-friendly meal.  Make a double batch and freeze it before you add the half and half.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

A Minnesota classic soup
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ C. onion, minced
  • ¼ C. celery, minced
  • ½ C. flour
  • 3 C. chicken broth
  • 2 C. cooked wild rice
  • ½ C. ham, finely diced
  • ½ C. grated carrots
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped sliced almonds
  • ½ C. half and half
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  1. Saute onion in butter until tender. Blend in flour, gradually add broth. Cook until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil one minute. Stir in rice, ham, carrots, almonds and salt to taste. Simmer five minutes. Blend in half and half, heat to serving temperature. Garnish with chopped parsley.




Stuffed Pepper Soup

stuffed pepper soup

It’s been over a week since I’ve posted here on Frugal Bites… I’m having withdrawal!  It’s not because I haven’t been cooking.  It’s mainly because everything I’ve been cooking has been pretty boring, or recipes I’ve already shared with you.  However, last night I made a wonderful Stuffed Pepper Soup.  I came here right away to record the ingredients and instructions before I forgot, since it was one my husband said, “Definitely make that again!”

Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/3 C. beef broth (this made a thick soup. I’d bump it up to 2 C. if you like your soup thinner)
2 C. cooked brown rice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

In a stock pot or dutch oven, brown the ground beef with the onion and green pepper.  Drain.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Add cooked rice, spices and Worcestershire sauce.  Heat through and serve.  Top with cheese if desired.


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Cabbage Roll Soup

cabbage roll soup

This Cabbage Roll Soup recipe is pure comfort food on cold winter nights.  Plus, any time you use veggies like celery, onions and carrots (the “trinity”) as the base of your recipe, it’s going to be frugal and healthy.  Cabbage, ground beef, and tomatoes added that authentic cabbage roll flavor.  Serve with crusty bread (I get day-old French bread at Walmart for 40% off).

Frugal Tips:  I had enough leftovers for three lunches of this meal, which I served over rice.  Serving left over soups and stews over rice, pasta or a baked potato is a great way to make your meals go even further.

Cabbage Roll Soup
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 C. sliced baby carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 6-8 C. beef broth (depending on if you want it more of a soup or stew)
  • ½ head of cabbage, core removed sliced in strips
  • ½ C. uncooked white rice

  1. Liberally salt and pepper your ground beef, and sprinkle paprika on top. Using your hands,work the spices into the meat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a stock pot. Brown ground beef until no longer pink and remove with slotted spoon.
  3. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic to the stock pot. Cook until translucent and semi-soft. Drain any excess fat.
  4. Add ground beef back into the stock pot with the vegetables. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer on low for 45 minutes. Add cabbage and uncooked rice. Simmer until rice and cabbage is soft, approximately another 30 minutes.

Homemade Condensed Cream Soups

homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup

Making homemade condensed cream soups is one way to save money and end up with a healthier product at the same time.  Once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to add your own seasonings and flavors according to taste.  In my book, Instant Bargains, you’ll find dozens of other recipes that will help you save money in the kitchen.

Note:  These recipes makes a roux which can be substituted for the can of soup.  It doesn’t make the finished soup product.

Homemade Condensed Cream Soups

Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Make your own cooking soups at home for a fraction of the price!
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • ½ C. beef broth
  • ½ C. milk
  • ¼ tsp. each garlic and onion powder
  • 8 oz. fresh or canned mushrooms (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until smooth. Lower heat and add broth, milk, mushrooms and spices.
  2. For a chicken variation, substitute chicken broth and omit the mushrooms.