Have you ever read the book Stone Soup?
I loved this book as a kid and was pleased to discover that the author of Miserly Meals: Healthy, Tasty Recipes Under 75¢ per Serving* also has a daughter who enjoyed this book and created a recipe to go along with it! I don't add the stone and I've made a few other changes, but it's become one of my favorite dinners to make and one of my husbands favorites to eat!
2 T butter
1/2 c diced onion
1/2 c diced celery
1 c sliced carrots
2 gloves minced/pressed garlic
1 t sage
1 t basil
10 c water
1/3 c chicken bouillon
3 med brown potatoes, peeled and diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 c cooked chicken/turkey (optional)
1. Melt butter over med-high heat and sautee onion, celery and carrots. When onion becomes almost translucent, add garlic, sage, and basil; sautee until garlic starts to brown.
2. Add water, bouillon, salt/pepper and potatoes. (Add chicken now also if you're using it)
3. Bring to a boil, reduce to low and cook approx 30 minutes (until potatoes and carrots are tender).
4. Remove from heat and serve.
I really love this recipe because it is really cheap in most seasons to find the veggies, you can substitute homemade chicken stock for the water and bouillon and use up some leftover shredded/chopped chicken/turkey. Or you can leave the meat out for an even cheaper soup!
Sometimes we pair this with a half a sandwich or grilled cheese (when we were still eating bread)...made for a really nice supper! This also reheats well for lunch the next day :)
*I really enjoyed this cookbook and make quite a few things from it on a fairly consistent basis. It has recipes for things like hot fudge sauce, chocolate sauce, homemade chicken bouillon powder, etc. I found it at our library and would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a cookbook to start making more things from scratch.