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Vegetable Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

Tonight’s $5 Dinner comes from Amanda at All Frugal Stuff!

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Vegetable Soup

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • Large can (32 oz) tomato juice
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 cup uncooked pasta noodles (I like to use penne or ziti)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

*Note: A package of frozen mixed vegetables or canned mixed vegetables
could be substituted, instead of fresh ingredients. I’ve also added
ground beef to this recipe before to make vegetable beef soup.


  • In a large pot over medium heat, mix all vegetables with tomato juice, cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  • Add pasta to mixture and simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes, until pasta is cooked.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes.

Estimated cost $3.50