When we were growing up, my Mother used to make this home-style supper for our family of 6. It was a quick and easy way for her to fill us all up. I continue to make this for my own family on occasion.
I made this just a few days ago, and to start will share my shopping list of ingredients…
The recipe consists of THREE main ingredients –
5 pounds of potatoes – $1.99 (on sale)
2 pounds ground burger – $1.49 per pound (on sale) = $2.98
2 – 10 oz cans of Campbell’s Vegetable soup – $1.49 each (regular price) = $2.98
Items we already had at home –
1/2 stick of margarine .15 cents
1/2 cup of Milk .09 cents
1/4 loaf of white bread .32 cents.
Salt and Pepper (as desired)
– Peel and cut up the potatoes. Boil in water for 25 – 30 minutes. Drain, then mash. Add Milk, Butter and Salt to taste.
– Fry the burger until browned. Then add both cans of vegetable soup (no need to add water). Let this simmer, stirring every so often, for about 10 – 15 minutes.
On each plate, put 1 -2 large scoops of potatoes, then top with the burger mixture. Serve with one or two slices of bread.
This meal provided generous portions to a family of five, including 3 hungry teenagers, with enough leftovers for seconds!
Total cost of this dinner – $8.51
The Milk cost $2.89 for a gallon. ( 1 Gallon is equal to 16 cups, making the cost of one cup .18 cents.) Since I used 1/2 cup of milk in the recipe, the cost was .09 cents.
One package of margarine contains 4 sticks. The entire package cost $1.19, making the cost of one stick .30 cents. Since I used 1/2 a stick, the cost was .15 cents.
I paid $1.29 for a loaf of store brand white bread. 1/4 a loaf cost me .32 cents.
Mrs. White is a wife and homemaker living in an old 1800’s Colonial house in rural Vermont. She has five home-schooled children, ages 13, 15, 17, 21 and 22. She has been happily married for almost a quarter of a century. Her blog, The Legacy of Home, is designed to encourage housewives, build strong family relationships, and inspire readers to old-time, godly living. Mrs. White can also be found on Twitter.