Recession cooking, part 2

October 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm 2 comments

Everyone knows soup is a cheap way to make a meal that can feed lots of people. The catch is coming up with a filling soup that also meets your budget requirements. The following recipe is very filling, and is large enough to serve a crowd of 8-12 (or two people multiple times). Plus, it’s the perfect way to use up leftovers in your freezer (we used leftover chicken plucked off a rotisserie chicken, the remnants of bags of frozen vegetables, chicken stock made from leftover chicken bones, 1/2 of an onion that remained and the last of a bag of baby carrots)


4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
4 cups milk
3 cups homemade chicken broth (or, lacking that, 3 cups ultra-low sodium chicken broth)
1 cup uncooked white minute rice
1.5 cups precooked chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup onions
1/2 cup celery, optional
3 cups frozen diced hashbrowns
Salt, black pepper, garlic and onion powder to taste


In large stock pot, heat butter until melted. Slowly stir in flour one tablespoon at a time and mix, until all flour has been added. Cook on medium while constantly stirring for 3-4 minutes – this will create your roux, which will give your soup an amazing texture.
Reduce heat to low, and add in carrots, celery and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to sweat.
At this point, slowly add in milk, stirring constantly and cook until milk begins to become a smooth, thick mixture  (the consistency of latex paint). Turn heat to medium. Add chicken broth, remaining vegetables and meat. Stir well. Season to taste with seasonings (we used about 1.5 tbsp salt, if you use canned broth you may use considerably less, 1 tbsp pepper, and 1/2 tbsp garlic and onion powder). Once seasoned to your liking, add cup of rice, and continue stirring occasionally until rice has reached desired tenderness (approximately 15 minutes).

This makes a very thick and filling stew. We served with corn muffins made from Jiffy corn muffin mix, which is a bargain and tasty.

Total cost:
4 tbsp margarine/butter – about 10 cents
4 tbsp flour – about 5 cents
4 cups milk – 1.50
3 cups chicken broth – free! (Made from bones that would have otherwise been thrown away)
1 cup minute rice – 25 cents
1.5 cups cooked chicken, or about 1/3 of a chicken – $1
1 cup frozen peas – 25 cents
1 cup frozen carrots – 25 cents
1 cup frozen corn – 25 cents
1/2 onion – 5o cents
1/2 cup celery – 20 cents
3 cups hashbrowns – 75 cents

One box Jiffy corn muffin mix – 40 cents
2 eggs – 20 cents
Small amount of oil – 25 cents

Total: $5.95 for 9 servings, or 66 cents a serving



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shelley Rodgers  |  October 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    This is an awesome recipe! I love the way you document it!

    I first saw your blog as it appeared in my aggregator; the title was simply “mallorymurray” … just like that .. no spaces. Since the blog entry was a recipe for soup, I assume this was the name of the soup. Kinda like Mulligatawny soup. 🙂

    It wasn’t until I read your blog at the source that I realized .. silly me … Mallory Murray is *your* name, not the soup’s name! 🙂

    However, I have since captured your recipe in my word processor and to me and my family, this soup is now and forever named “mallorymurray soup”.

    Thanks for sharing … the recipe will come in handy.

    Bon appetit!

    • 2. mm  |  October 14, 2010 at 7:52 am

      I love that the soup is named after me, too funny! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comment!


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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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