So as I type this, there is snow on the ground. Not a lot, but enough that people are rushing out to get their tires changed for the upcoming snowy months. I don’t mind snow in general when it’s a nice crisp day out, no bone chilling wind and maybe just a few degrees below 0. It’s nice and Kaiya loves to play in it! Also, it’s time to get out the pots and pans (in this recipe’s case, the crock pot) and start making home-made, hearty and filling soups!
This soup that I am about to show you was a recipe that I got from an ex’s mum. Her food was tasty and pretty much the only woman other than my mum’s recipes that I wouldn’t ask questions and just scarf right down. I decided that to be budget friendly with my recipes, I should include the prices I paid for each ingredient. Keep in mind that you may not get the same prices in your area that I did in Ottawa.
So the list of ingredients as follows for creamy potato, bacon and leek soup;
- 900 mL + 284mL of low sodium chicken broth – $2.52
- 5 lbs of white potatoes – $0.94
- 1 leek – $0.73
- 1 yellow onion – $0.11
- 1 green onion bunch – $0.33
- 1/2 lb of bacon – $1.97
- 1/2 lb of carrots – $0.24
- 1 1/2 cups of milk – $0.31
- 1 1/2 cups of flour – $0.75
- garlic salt and pepper to taste – About $0.04
This dish feeds up to 9 people. That’s $0.88 per serving!
Let’s get to it now. Peel your potatoes and rinse them in a colander with cool water (in fact make sure all your veggies are clean). Dice potatoes, carrots, onions and leek.
Set veggies aside for two minutes while you add chicken broth, milk and flour to the crock pot and whisk until no chunks are seen. Add veggies and seasonings, stir them in and turn crock pot on Low (8 hours) or High (4 hours).
I chose high, so I put LO down for a nap and had a nap myself. When the last 30 minutes came around, I got the bacon out, diced it and fried it up in a pan on medium heat. I was having a moment where I decided not to do dishes the night before so I had to use a smaller pan which took longer.
When you are frying up the bacon bits, put them in a bowl with a paper towel underneath and let the excess bacon grease absorb into the paper towel.
Add the bacon bits to the soup for the last 5 – 10 minutes, stir them in. The soup should be thick and creamy. Do a taste test to make sure that you have the right amount of seasoning to your liking. You can also add in a cup of grated old cheddar and stir that in as well. I did not do this, although I did add some to the top of my bowl of soup with some parsley flakes.
So there you go. An easy and cost friendly soup that can be frozen into portions for a later date, eaten at small family dinner with some rolls or whatever you decide.
I enjoyed a bowl, OH enjoyed two bowls and LO enjoyed a bit too, actually she loved it!