I swear I don't hate the cold that much, I'm just not quite accustomed to it yet. So, while walking home from work late one evening, taking deep breaths of the brisk air and feeling the pinch in my cheeks, I decided it was a soup night. I didn't have a lot of ingredients, but I found this great and easy recipe from Rachael Ray and decided to simplify, cheapify, and put it to work.
The result: Magnifico! Let's just say I ate 2 servings for dinner, and 2 for lunch today (accompanied by every tomato soup's best friend - the grilled cheese sandwich).
This is adapted from Rachael's recipe.
SOUL WARMING GREEN BEAN MINESTRONE
15 oz. can of tomatoes ($0.99)
1 onion, I used yellow ($0.50)
1 rib of celery ($0.25)
Box of chicken soup powder flavoring ($3.49)
Red pepper flakes ($2.99)
Salt and pepper
Fresh basil (optional, but I got it for free from Mom's garden)
Cheese - parmesan would be good, but I didn't wanted to buy any so grated cheddar that I had lying around
Crusty bread or crackers for dipping
The Grand Total: $8.22, which you could do for much cheaper if you don't buy veggies from the little corner market, like I did in my desperation