I like this soup because it is thick and creamy, flavorful, but also chock full of vegetables and protein. It’s a very satisfying soup, especially if you are a vegetarian.
On top of that, it’s insanely cheap to make–$2.30 for an entire batch of soup! (That is considering you make your own vegetable broth.) Here’s the recipe:
Spicy Carrot Peanut Soup
- 2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 Tbs parsley
1 spicy pepper–jalapeño works fine.
2 garlic cloves
4 c vegetable broth
2 c water
3.5 Tbs peanut butter
3 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
1 Tbs salt
Prepare all the vegetables. In a soup pot, warm the oil and add one at a time the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, parsley, and pepper. Sauté on high heat for 10 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Add the water and broth, cover, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the carrots are soft, about 25 minutes.
Next, stir in the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, salt, and pepper. In a blender, puree the soup in batches. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you want it spicier, add a little dried red pepper. Enjoy.
This makes a large batch of soup. I usually separate soup into single-serving containers and freeze for an easy lunch.
Cost of Dish: Oil: $.05; Carrots: $.99, Onion: $.20; Celery: $.02; Parsley, garlic, lime, and chili pepper: free from the garden; Vegetable broth: free; Water: free; Peanut butter: $.84; Soy sauce: $.20; Salt and Pepper: practically free.
Total Cost Of Dish: $2.30 for the batch, or $.23 per serving.