Favorite Vegetable Soup

Making soup is a great way to get rid of some of the vegetables in your refrigerator or cabinets to help you save a few dollars. This soup is great as is but you can also replace some of the ingredients with others from the fridge that need to be used. Cost of this soup is just $0.45 per serving!

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup

  • Calories 115
  • Carbohydrate 20 g
  • Protein 7 g
  • Fat 1 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Sodium 130 mg

This Recipe Serves 14


½ lb ground chuck (this is a cut of beef)
7 cups peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes or 2, 28-oz. cans no salt added diced tomatoes
4 cups water
1, 14.5-oz can no salt added cut green beans, drained and rinsed
1, 15-oz can no salt added peas, drained and rinsed
1, 15.25-oz can no salt added corn, drained and rinsed
2 medium carrots (3 oz each), peeled and chopped
3 medium potatoes (5 oz each), peeled and diced
1 medium onion (5 oz), diced
1/4 cup dry rice
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Place ground chuck in a 2-gallon stockpot and brown over medium heat. Remove meat and drain it well. Wipe drippings from pot.
  2. Return meat to stockpot, then add tomatoes and water. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until tomatoes are soft and a juicy broth is created, about 20 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and continue cooking 60 additional minutes to allow flavors to blend.

From Diabetes Meals on $7 a Day – Or Less! by Patti B. Geil, RD, CDE, MS, FADA and Tami A. Ross, RD, LD, CDE

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