Waiting-for-Payday Recipes: Poor Man’s Soup

So awhile ago, at a local $1 a bag church rummage sale I bought a recipe box filled with some thoroughly aged recipe cards.  The box was taken over by my son’s marble collection until its ultimate demise.  The cards are crammed into my already exploding cookbook shelves.

Today’s soup comes from those, so unfortunately there is no know cook that belongs to these fantastic, frugal, old recipes.

Poor Man’s Soup


1 soup bone ( I have used the big ham bone from easter dinner for this.)

1 cup dried Peas (whole or split are fine)

2 cups Tomato chunks (though a puree might work just fine)

1 cup Celery, chopped

1 cup Potatoes, diced

1/2 cup rice, uncooked

1/3 pound Beef, ground

1/3 cup Onion, chopped

Basil, pinch

Salt and Pepper to taste.


Soak the beans overnight.

Simmer the soup bones in about 2 gallons of water for several hours.

Add the beans and simmer for another 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, fry beef and onion.

Add beef and onion, along with the rest of the ingredients to the soup and simmer for one hour.

Remove the bone.  Serve hot and freeze the leftovers for another time.

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

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