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Steak and Potato Soup

Posted by memeinge
November 03, 2014
Featured in: Frugal Feasts
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This Steak and Potato Soup is a hearty and inexpensive dinner option for the whole family.

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Hi, I'm Meme and I'm certifiably frugal.

That's a good thing {or at least I think it is}. I am always looking out for my budget. Whether it's me cooking just for me or me cooking for a group of friends, the bottom line is always on my mind.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a total freak and only buy meat in cans and never splurge on a nice bottle of wine, but I am the girl that knows how much a pound of apples costs at Walmart, Whole Foods, my corner grocery store, and the Rouse's down the street. I know when something "on sale" is really a bargain or just a ploy to get you to buy it.

This Steak and Potato Soup is a hearty and inexpensive dinner option for the whole family.

After the fabulous weekend that was Blog Brûlée, I decided that I wanted to write for The Healthy Aperture Blog. First, I would need to pick a feature topic. There are already so many great ones; I would need an equally exceptional feature.

Seeing as few things frustrate me more than when someone tells me their reason for not eating a healthier diet is because it "costs too much to eat healthy" {no no no no no! this is not true}, I knew Frugal Feasts would have to be my topic.

While there are lots of resources for cheap eats, I wanted to offer readers a place to find healthy recipes that wouldn't break the bank. No junk-food filled recipes. No focus on coupons, working the sales flyers, or being a budget wizard.

I wanted these budget-friendly meals to be normal-working-person-friendly as well as health-friendly. Clearly, I wanted things to be friendly.

This Steak and Potato Soup is a hearty and inexpensive dinner option for the whole family.

What better place to start than with one of my absolute favorite thing that helps me stick to a budget while eating healthy - soup.

Chicken soup isn't just for the soul, people. It is for the budget, the heart, the waistline, the tastebuds, and so much more.

Homemade soup is one of the greatest things ever, especially when you make a big batch and can eat it throughout the week {or freeze it for later}. Instead of going out to eat or picking up take-out, you have a nice big batch of soup to eat.

How about a big bowl of Steak and Potato Soup?! Can't get much better than that.

Wait, are you confused that I am talking about steak on a post for a frugal meal? No need to get your eyes checked; you read that right. Fortunately, even if you are minding your food dollars, you can enjoy meat by choosing one of the less expensive cuts and using a smaller amount.

Typically the less expensive cuts of meat are best enjoyed slow cooked to help tenderize them, and a soup is the perfect way to do that. As for the other ingredients, potatoes are an inexpensive way to get in high quality carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients {potassium, Vitamin C & B6}. And caramelized onions add tons of flavor without having to add in extra fat or salt or cost.

You start out making this soup by searing the meat. Take the seared meat out of the soup pot and add the chopped onions. Let these caramelize. It'll take about 25 minutes but it's not much hands on cooking time, just a quick stir every 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, I usually chop the potatoes and mince the garlic. Then add the remaining ingredients {except cornstarch} to the pot and simmer for a good hour or so, until the meat is tender and the potatoes are cooked. Before serving, you'll add some cornstarch and cold water {be sure the water is cold or the cornstarch will make the soup lumpy} to thicken the soup and make it a little heartier.

To take the soup to the next level, I topped it with freshly grated cheddar and chopped green onions. This is not necessary but it sure does make it prettier, and you eat with your eyes. However, don't go to the grocery store just to get cheddar and green onions.

This Steak and Potato Soup is a hearty and inexpensive dinner option for the whole family.

Now for the breakdown of cost: for the entire recipe, I spend less than $15 which means it is $2.50 per serving. I'd say that's pretty frugal! 

This Steak and Potato Soup is a hearty and inexpensive dinner option for the whole family.

Make this hearty and inexpensive Steak and Potato Soup to feed the whole family!
This Steak and Potato Soup is a hearty and inexpensive dinner option for the whole family.

Steak and Potato Soup

Yield

Serves 6 - Makes about 10 cups soup

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. beef stew meat
  • 2 pounds onions {about 4 medium, diced}
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced {about 1 TBSP}
  • 1.5 pounds potatoes {about 3 small}, diced
  • 4 cups unsalted beef stock
  • 4 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch

Directions

  1. Heat a large soup pot over high heat. Add beef stew meat and sear until browned on all sides.

  2. Remove from pot and wipe excess grease out of soup pot.

  3. Turn the heat to medium and add onions. Let cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until caramelized and golden brown. Stir in garlic and cook for about one minute.

  4. Add potatoes, beef stock, 3.5 cups water, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, salt, paprika, and pepper. Stir well. Bring to a boil, partially cover pot, and reduce heat to a simmer.

  5. Let simmer for about 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender and potatoes are cooked.

  6. Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup cold water and cornstarch until no lumps remain. Stir into soup and cook another 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf and serve. Top with cheddar cheese and/or green onions if desired. Enjoy!

    Note: this soup keeps well, tightly covered in the fridge for about 4-5 days. Freeze leftovers for up to 6 weeks. 

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memeinge
Meme Inge is the author of the FRUGAL FEASTS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian/nutritionist living in sunny San Diego, CA. Growing up surrounded by a family of cooks, Meme has always been a lover of food. She started the blog Living Well Kitchen as an outlet for sharing her kitchen creations and nutrition knowledge with others. Living Well Kitchen is busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and any other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier
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