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We absolutely love this super easy soup! I have experimented with it a few times, and this is my favourite set up:

Makes: 13 x 1-cup servings

Calories: 213 per cup

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 kg pack of frozen hash browns
  • 3 cups milk (we use 2%)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup chives, fresh and chopped
  • 2 cups cream of corn (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

1. Add the chicken broth and hashbrowns into the crockpot and mix so all the potatoes are covered with broth.

2. Add all of your seasonings.IMG_0869

3. Cook on high for 5 hours.

4. Add cheese, milk, and corn (optional).

5. Cook on low for 1 hour, or until cheese and milk are fully blended and cheese is melted.

Other vegetables can be added to make more of a chowder, such as corn in this case. It is super yummy with or without the extra veggies. Enjoy!

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Frugal Cost Breakdown (based on today’s Walmart.ca prices):

6 cups chicken broth – FREE if you make your own from chicken bones, otherwise $2/900ml  = $3

1 kg pack of frozen hash browns – $2 for Great Value brand = $2

3 cups milk (we use 2%) – $4.48 for 4 L jug = $0.84

1/2 cup shredded cheese – $5.00 for 340g = $1.50

1/4 cup chives, fresh and chopped – FREE if you have it in your garden, otherwise $2 for a bunch = $0.25

2 cups cream of corn (optional) – $0.87 for full can = $0.87

Seasoning are only about $0.10 each, max, depending on how large in bulk you purchase your spices, so lets add $0.50 for arguments sake.

Total cost for whole pot of soup (depending on whether you make your own broth and grow chives): $5.21 – $8.96

Total cost per bowl (1 cup): $0.40 – $0.69

Super yummy and very affordable too – you can easily make a whole pot and freeze leftovers to have pre-made meals! Have suggestions to make this every cheaper? Let us know!