- 1 tsp olive oil (4 cents)
- 1 small onion, chopped (32 cents)
- 4 slices turkey bacon, chopped (63 cents)
- 6 potatoes, peeled, diced & rinsed (50 cents)
- water (basically free)
- garlic powder, salt, pepper, to taste (10 cents)
- 1/4 cup half-n-half cream (12 cents; you can use milk if you prefer)
- 1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (32 cents)
- 1/4 shredded cheddar cheese (25 cents)
- 6 slices turkey bacon, chopped (95 cents)
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (25 cents)
Total Cost: $3.48
This made enough for 1 meal for us. Admittedly, I used potatoes of varying sizes. I bought a 10lb. bag about 2 weeks ago and some were going soft. They were stored well, but stuff happens. This was a good way to use up the softies. $1.16 per person and there were no leftovers in my family of 3!
How I Made It:
- In a soup pot heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add onion and saute for a couple minutes. Then add bacon. When onions are translucent and soft, add potatoes and add water. I don't even fully cover my potatoes. Lots of ends are sticking out here and there.
- Season with garlic powder, pepper and salt. Turn heat to high and allow potatoes to boil for about 8-10 minutes, until soft.
- While the potatoes are boiling go ahead and saute the other 6 slices of chopped bacon. When thoroughly heated through and crispy to your liking, set aside.
- When potatoes are soft, turn heat to low and, using a potato masher, mash up some of the potatoes. I only mash up about 2/3 of mine and not too much either. I like it chunky.
- In a small bowl add the cream and a ladle-ful of the hot soup. Then pour this mixture into soup pot. Do not allow the soup to boil from this point on! Add 1/8 cup Parmesan and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and blend until melted and mixed through.
- Serve hot with extra cheddar cheese and bacon to garnish.