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Poor Man’s Stoup – $5 Dinner Challenge

Janice shares her favorite “Poor Man’s Stoup” recipe with us tonight!  What a fantastic and filling meal!

Poor Man’s Stoup

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes


  • 1 lb. ground beef or chuck (sausage or chicken works well too) ($1.50)
  • Carrots (from the garden)
  • Celery ($.20)
  • Onions (from the garden)
  • Beef stock (2 cans)/also works with chicken stock ($1.00 bought on sale for $.50 a can)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of rice ($.25)
  • Bay leaf, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper, terragon, sage ($.25)
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom/chicken ($1.00-unfortunately not on sale) (or make your own cream of mushroom soup!)
  • Dollop of sour cream ($.15)
  • Parmesan (if desired) ($.10)


  • Brown hamburger in a stock pot. Drain, rinse and return to pot.
  • Add grated carrots, chopped onions, and chopped celery and let them sweat out until tender.
  • Add beef stock and bring to a boil.
  • Add rice (not cooked); 1 bay leaf, couple shakes of thyme, parsley, terragon, sage and salt and pepper, then turn down heat to simmer and let it cook until dinner time.
  • 10 min. before you eat, add the cream of mushroom/chicken, and the sour cream and parmesan. Give it just enough time to heat through, about 3-5 minutes.

Cost $4.45

Hint: You might have to occasionally add a little water here and there if it looks like it’s getting too thick.
Hint: This makes a TON of soup. We usually eat half, then I store the other half in the freezer for a day I don’t want to cook! Easy cheesy!

Enjoy this great one pot supper!!