Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on December 23, 2009
I’ve mentioned before how much I love soup. I’m quite passionate about it… both making and eating (or sipping) it. Because soup is usually served piping hot, it gives us all a chance to slow down for a bit, relax, decompress, as we slowly eat it. Inhaling the herbed and spiced steam of a big mug of flavorful soup is therapeutic for me. And it is so cheap to make, I’m still surprised when I hear that so many people are clueless that they can make their own soup at home for mere pennies a serving. Chic but cheap.
Yep, I love soup.
Our family has a limited budget for Christmas this year, so I was up until after midnight last night finalizing the creation of the last of four huge, delectable batches of homemade soup to give as extra-frugal Christmas gifts to my extended family.
I’m so pleased with how they turned out… all are delicious.
I made 4-Cheese Chicken and Shell Pasta Fiesta Soup (a new concoction), Pork Loin and Potato Soup (another new concoction), and Gordon Ramsey’s Broccoli Soup. This fresh broccoli soup is 100 percent vegan and fat-free… super easy and fast to make. Instructions for making it are on the Frugal Café main website… click here for text and video instructions for the broccoli soup.
The recipe for the Gipper’s soup is below.
Ronald Reagan’s Hamburger Soup
(Recipe from PR Newswire, March 11, 1986)
Original Source: SoupSong.com
Preface from SoupSong.com:
There’s been speculation that this first made news after President Reagan innocently announced his liking for fancy French soups… and was immediately accused of being elitist. Whatever.
It’s definitely a homespun, plain soup, and not as bad as you might think when you discover that there’s hominy in it. This corn product—with an Algonquin Native American name—was an important food to early U.S. pioneers. It’s a nice firm little ball in the soup—almost dumpling-like. Serve the soup as a lunch meal to 4-6 people with lots of cornbread, cold milk, and maybe a big American pie for dessert.
Here’s the recipe… note the non-elitist allowance for canned foods and bouillon cubes.
- 2 lb. lean ground beef
- 2 T. butter or margarine
- 2 c. diced onions
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 1-1/2 c. sliced carrots
- 2 c. sliced celery
- 1 c. diced green peppers
- 3 qt. (12 c.) beef broth, beef stock, or water with 8 beef bouillon cubes
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 16 oz. (1 lb) chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- 10 oz. canned hominy, drained
Brown ground beef in butter (or margarine) in 6-quart sauce pan or soup pot. Add onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and green peppers. Simmer 10 minutes with the pan covered.
Add beef broth/stock or water with bouillon cubes. Add chopped tomatoes and black pepper. Simmer soup on low heat for 35 minutes. Add drained hominy. Boil hamburger soup for 10 minutes more.
Makes 4 quarts.
I made a small change with this batch to save some money and decrease fat, substituting 1 pound of ground chicken from the 99 Cent Only Store for 1 of the pounds of ground beef. Can’t tell the difference. I refrigerated the batch overnight so as to easily skim the fat this morning. Also, I despise hominy, but I followed the recipe and included it, despite my hesitation.
And, WOW! I’ve been wanting to make this soup (even with the hominy) for quite some time now and was totally bowled over. Brilliant. I couldn’t believe how homey-yet-fabulous this Reagan soup is… maybe hominy isn’t so bad after all. So, if you’re going to make this, YOU MUST INCLUDE THE HOMINY. I guarantee you will love this, even if you hate hominy as much as I do. If you like hominy, you’ll really love this soup.
I printed out snazzy labels with the appropriate soup titles on them to adhere to the containers and have frozen all the filled Tupperware-type plastic containers so that transport of the different soups would be less precarious. I won’t be wrapping them, since they need to be put into the refrigerator or freezer once I deliver them tomorrow, so I’ll just slap a bow on the top of each container, then put them into large Christmas bags with a bit of tissue paper.
For other cheap-but-delicious soup, chowder, and stew recipes to give as thrifty, last-minute gifts or to make for your family by yourself on a Saturday morning or with a homeschooling group, Sunday School class, or Scout troop, you can check out these recipes:
Celebrity Recipes: Rachael Ray’s Chicken Cacciatore Stoup (“stoup” isn’t a typo, heh heh)