For today's Frugal Friday tip, I thought I'd share a great recipe that my family loves and that is a wonderful meal to take to a church potluck meal or when you need to take a meal to minister to a family. It's easy to make and very inexpensive! Here is the recipe in its original form. My modifications are in parentheses...
Baked Potato Soup
1/2 lb bacon (I use about a cup of Bac'Uns which are organic vegetarian "bacon" bits)
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 c. celery, chopped
5 lb bag potato's, peeled and diced (for our big family and for 'take-to-church' meals, we use 8 to 10 lbs.)
8 c. water
6 bouillon cubes (I use two tablespoons of liquid smoke)
4 ounces (half block) cheddar cheese, shredded (I do use real cheese here. Substitutes are just not the same)
Sauté onion, garlic, and celery until tender, not browned. Add water, potatoes, and liquid smoke and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, and cover, simmering until potatoes are tender. Stir in cheese until melted into soup. Stir in Bac'Uns, and serve. This recipe serves about 10 to 14, considering most families eat more than a normal 1 cup serving.
It's healthy, inexpensive, and so easy!