How To Make Poor Man’s Soup – Budget Pantry Meal Recipe

This homemade “poor man’s soup” is easy to cook and very budget-friendly. You can add any leftover vegetables you have in your kitchen including bell peppers, white onions, celery and tomatoes. Serve it with cooked elbow macaroni or rice for a hearty dinner. You can also pair it with fried chicken or grilled fish. This recipe takes about 25-30 minutes to prepare and cook.


• 1 lb ground beef
• 1 small white onion (finely diced)
• 1 large carrot (finely diced)
• 2 celery stalks (finely diced)
• 3/4 cup tomatoes (diced)
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 1/2 tsp garlic (minced)
• 6 cups chicken broth
• 1 cup tomato sauce
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• 2 bay leaves


Set a large pot over medium-high heat.
Add ground beef and cook until browned.
Add finely diced white onion, carrot and celery.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add minced garlic, then cook for another minute.
Add chicken broth and tomato sauce.
Add diced tomatoes.
Stir and let it simmer.
Once it starts to simmer, season with dried oregano, pepper to taste and two bay leaves.
Stir and bring to a simmer.
Once it starts to simmer, cover the lid.
Let it cook for 15-20 minutes.
Once done, switch off the heat.
Transfer into a bowl.
Serve with cooked elbow macaroni, rice, or bread.

How To Make Poor Man's Soup ~ Budget Pantry Meal Recipe
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