The Poor Man’s veggie soup 

This soup is perfect if you’re on Ann extremely tight budget since you can use any veggies that are cheap or free, as long as you have vegetable stock and some cheap herbs like parsley and dill.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes 
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Leek
  • Water
  • Vegetable stock cubes
  • Dill & parsley 
  • Swedish turnip 
  • Cabbage
  • Peas

Instructions:

  1. Cut all of the vegetables, except for the peas, into cubes and put all of the veggies into a large saucepan.
  2. Add the parsley, dill and cubes of stock.
  3. Cover with water and bring it to a boil quickly, before lowering the temperature.
  4. Let the soup simmer until all of the ingredients are cooked through.
  5. Adjust the stock flavour, it should be strong tasting to be extra filling and tasty.
  6. Serve with freshly baked bread.

Notice that I haven’t put any measurements or amounts – this is because you will have different amounts available to you at different times. This is what determines what amounts of what vegetables you use and how much you can/want/need to make of the soup. The point is that however much you make this soup is as cheap and simple as it gets, the highest cost is for the stock, parsley and dill. 

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Sausage sauce recipe 

A while ago I bought two falukorvs (a large type of Swedish sausage) on sale. I’ve had one and today I made a traditional sausage sauce of the other one.

The ingredients cost me about 2.75€ and provided me with 10 portions. That makes one portion 27.5 cents. Depending on what I serve the sauce with (pasta, rice or potatoes) my final cost will vary, but it shouldn’t be more than 50-60 cents in the end, per plate.
Ingredients 

400 gr Falukorv/sausage

3 onions 

4 carrots

2,5 dl (1 cup) of cream

2 cubes of meat stock 

100 gr tomato paste

2 tablespoons of mustard

0,5 dl soy sauce

3 dl water

Thickening

Salt, pepper

Butter to fry in
Instructions 

  1. Grate the carrots and chop the onions finely.
  2. Chop the sausage
  3. Heat up a large cast iron pot/casserole and fry the carrots and onions until they’re soft.
  4. Put in the sausage and fry off the liquid and give it some color. 
  5. Powder on the thickening and stir it into the sausage and vegetables.
  6. Put the rest of the ingredients and lower the heat to low. Stir well to make sure everything is well mixed.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste!
  8. Let the sauce simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  9. Cook rice, pasta or potatoes while the sauce is simmering.