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Frugal Food 3 | Soup

Chicken and vegtable soup

Chicken and vegetable soup

Chicken drumsticks (2 per person)

Onions ( 2 or 1 per person)

White cabbage

Carrots and swede

Herbs d’Provence

Chicken or vegetable stock


tomato puree

A little sunflower oil

I made this soup the other day and it’s delicious. I don’t measure anything really but I made 1500 ml. My soup bowl holds 300 ml and I made 5 bowls!

First fry the chopped onions in a little sunflower oil; cooking them slowly is best. I think proper cooks call this sweating them! Then when they are golden brown you can add the chicken drumsticks and brown them a little. I used 2 drumsticks and 2 onions. If you’re cooking for a family allow a couple of drumsticks per person and at least 1 onion per person. When the drumsticks are browned a little, add the chopped white cabbage. I used half a cabbage, use more if you’re cooking for a family. Then add your herbs, if you use mixed herbs they are usually the same as herbs as d’Provence. Then tomato puree from a tube, squeeze it like toothpaste and allow a couple of inches for each person. Then add the seasoning and fill up the saucepan with carrots and swede ( I used frozen carrots and swede). Finally fill the saucepan with stock that you made earlier. I sprinkled a little rice on the top to make the soup a little thicker, but that’s optional. Cook until the chicken  comes off the bones and then fish out the bones. You can now add more stock and cook another 15 minutes or add a tin of carrots and cook for another 15 minutes.

You can make this more filling by serving it up with crusty bread or better still toasted bread. You can also add boiled potatoes to make it go around more if you have a family. Serve this on Halloween or bonfire night. It’s also great as a supper with toasted bread or a starter for Christmas lunch! It smells delicious when it’s cooking too.

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Try replacing the chicken with turkey, lamb or pork. Try adding different vegetables, split peas (soak first) or spice it up with 5 spice! If you don’t have stock; use a chicken stock cube..

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15 responses

  1. Dave Hinchcliffe

    Hi Mike,
    You are spoiling me this week. I am going to make this but I will substitute a meaty fish such as mackerel. By chance on Thursday evening I got a woops Asda 500g diced carrot and swede deal for 10p. Same trip 1kg of baby carrots for 10p. Other goodies too. My eldest son works there part-time to help his university finances. He gets a staff discount of 10%. Every little helps as a rival states.

    Best Wishes

    1, October 2011 at 5:37 pm

  2. Hi Dave,

    Glad it helps. You can use Asda mixed herbs rather than herbs d’Provence. I thought they were the same but they slightly different. I like the herbs d’Provence better because the don’t contain parsley, the one herb I don’t like! I made my version of a Tuscan soup, but it wasn’t so nice. It was vegetarian, I need chicken!

    1, October 2011 at 5:48 pm

  3. Dave Hinchcliffe

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for your reply.
    To me successful frugal living as to be sustainable. I’ve probably read all the books and visited most of the websites. I enjoy my life style choice.
    For months on paper I toyed with the idea of £5.00 a week food spend. I loved the sound of it, a nice round number. It could be achieved for certain periods in a year but I couldn’t sustain it. However as you and I know with just a few £ more it is possible.
    I buy on a regular basis certain combining (staple) items. This is the only list I make when shopping. Apart from that my diet depends on whats available. 5 a day in my case is reached easily.
    One of the first things I did was to create a weeks emergency supply box. Mainly tinned and dry and regularly maintained. You will get the idea if you think army or mountain climbing.
    I stopped buying industrial bread and invested in the cheapest basic bread machine. I use plain flour but add baking soda to my own receipe and produce in a little over a hour a 15p smasher! I bake cakes in mine and produce other goodies in a slow cooker. I stir fry, steam and one pan cook. If I feel in the mood I fire up my chiminea outside (wood burning of course).
    A friend of mine spent £13.00 on a steak the other day. Wow I bet it tasted nice. Now then what about swopping something with that nice farmer down the road.

    Best Wishes

    2, October 2011 at 12:13 pm

  4. Hi Dave,

    Great comment. I’m a coeliac and so cant eat bread or anything containing gluten the protein in wheat, barley, rye and oats. I’m not even supposed to drink beer! I’m trying to help a student in China enrol for a course run by Wolverhampton university! lol

    You have given me a great idea, for my next frugal blog, I’ll try to write about all the extreme frugal ideas like what to do with potato peelings! lol.

    Thanks for the great comment and if you are good at something, you can take pride in it; even being frugal!

    2, October 2011 at 12:29 pm

  5. Hi Mike,
    I love that you used chicken drumsticks. Here in the US they often go on sale and Im always looking for recipes that use JUST drumsticks! Great recipe!

    2, October 2011 at 3:08 pm

    • Hi,

      I’m getting the drumsticks at a reduced price too and so making soup with them and wrapping them in bacon to cook them. I can eat chicken for every meal!

      Thanks for visiting.

      2, October 2011 at 3:23 pm

  6. Mike this recipe looks fantastic, looks like a great soup to stop you getting sick / make you feel better if you do! Do you fancy entering it into our Soup of the Month competition? We’d love it if you did!

    3, October 2011 at 12:28 pm

    • Hi,

      I’ll take a look. It is a soup that is easy to digest! 🙂

      3, October 2011 at 12:55 pm

  7. Hi Mike, Yummy yum yum! I’m beginning to like your cooking blogs even more than your photography blogs and you know how much I love those blogs! You have a wonderful way of conveying the information in a recipe, you inspire me to cook the meals! The last one I cooked, the chicken with bacon, was a big hit.

    I hope you do enter the recipe contest. I will vote for you!!!

    4, October 2011 at 2:53 am

  8. Hi Carolyn,

    I entered the soup competition, although looking at the other entries I doubt if I will win! I have had a swollen salivary gland again this week and so had to throw some soup away! I know, I never throw food away! It was too yummy and making me produce saliva! I made Tuscan soup and it wasn’t perfect but quite nice. I really want to make French Onion soup, I think I can change the recipe to make it nicer and easier to make. I have my Neodigital Art blog to do today. I put a video on Facebook last night! 🙂

    4, October 2011 at 8:50 am

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