Saturday, October 11, 2008

$1.09 per serving: Mac and Cheese Soup with Ham

Mac and Cheese Soup with Ham

Ingredients:
4 oz. small pasta (ditalini, elbows, shells, etc.) 1/4 of a box= $0.25
2 tbsp. butter 1/4 of a stick= $0.25
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
14 oz. broth of your choice 1/2 a large box= $1.50
1.5 cups half and half 1/3 a quart= $1.00
8 oz. american cheese, diced 8 slices= $1.50
6 oz. cooked ham, diced 1 ham steak= $2.00
Salt and pepper

Cook pasta in a separate pot according to directions. Drain and set aside.
Melt butter in a 3 qt. pot. Stir in flour and mustard.
Add broth and half and half. Stir continuously over medium-high heat until mixture bubbles.
Add cheese, reduce heat to low, and stir until melted.
Add cooked pasta and ham. Stir until heated through.
Salt and pepper to taste.

The Verdict:
This was thicker than my usual soups. But Jim and Josh both devoured it and asked for seconds, so it's definitely a hit! I served it with garlic toast (some leftover Italian bread sliced thin and brushed with olive oil then sprinkled with garlic powder.) I'd estimate about 6 servings from this recipe... I may have to fight Josh for the leftovers at lunch tomorrow.

4 comments:

Miles said...

hmm I may try a non meat version of this! Coil blog :)

Dani said...

Oops, I didn't know my little brother had logged in on my computer the other day..That comment is from me Dani from j05!

Karen said...

Hi trish!
Let me share one of my favorites. It's called Easy Italian Chicken.
Cook 1 lb chicken breasts. ($5.99)Tenderloins are great, but I buy whatever is on sale.
In a sauce pan combine
1 can italian stewed tomatoes, (.67)
1/2 c. mushrooms (or a small can)
(.69)
1/2 t. dried basil,
1/2 t. garlic powder.
Bring to a boil.
Combine 1 T. cornstarch with 1/3 c. cold water. Stir until smooth. Add to tomato mixture. Cook and stir until think.
Serve chicken with pasta (.89), top with tomato sauce.
Makes four servings.
total $8.24 or $2.06 per person

Ta-Da!!

Karen said...

by the way, i love this idea for a blog. Can't wait to see what else you have to share!