Beefy Mac Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 5, 2009

Starting next week, I’ll start to highlight the $5 Dinners that you all have been making in your kitchens! You all have come up with some stellar meals, and I can’t wait to share them!!!


About 1 lb. ground chuck ($1.67) On sale this week for $1.67/lb!!!
1/2 yellow onion, chopped ($.15)
6 cups of water
1 cup pasta noodles ($.15) Still using up my $.50 boxes of pasta!
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes ($.59)
2 carrot sticks, peeled and diced ($.20)
1 celery stalk, diced ($.10)
1 green pepper, seeded and diced (from the garden)
1 red pepper, seeded and diced (from a friend’s garden!) Thanks!!!
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($.75) I omitted this part to keep the soup dairy free, but think it would be a great addition!
2 tsp Italian seasonings ($.10)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 large butternut squash ($1.11) On sale for $.49/lb the other week!
1 mini French loaf ($.20) This is the last of my manager’s special loaf breads!
Butter and jam ($.20)

1. Cook butternut squash.
2. In a large saucepan, brown the ground chuck with the chopped onion. Drain and return to saucepan.
3. To the ground chuck, add water, diced tomatoes, diced carrots, diced celery, diced peppers, and the Italian seasonings. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, and then add the pasta. Cook for another 10-15 minutes and reduce heat to low until its time to serve. (Don’t let the soup “sit” too long on the stove, as the pasta will overcook and get mushy!)
4. Slice and warm bread and serve with butter and jam.
5. Serve Beefy Mac Soup with Butternut Squash and slices of French bread.

Cost $4.46 without the cheese, $5.21 with the cheese! 

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The Happy Housewife October 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Erin! How could you omit the cheese?? That is almost unpatriotic. The recipe looks really good, love how there are a lot of fresh veggies incorporated into the recipe.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 5, 2009 at 8:50 pm

@The Happy Housewife,

LOL! For the boys! They are dairy-free :)

I would have, but didn’t for them!


cathe October 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

just wanted to thank you for this site. just made the chicken divan and loved it! improvised a little on the veg part(used what was in house) but made your homemade white sauce and loved it. my family loved the meal and cannot wait for me to make again.
thanx again


karen January 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm

You are so lucky! Ground chuck is on sale for $2.69 lb. here.

Wish you could mail the meat to me!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm


I would if I could!!!


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