We’ve all been there. It’s the last few days before payday, and maybe there were a few emergency expenses that popped up during the month (buying that new pair of shoes was definitely an emergency, right?), and unfortunately, all that’s left in the grocery budget to get you through is a few bucks.
You need a cheap, hearty, and filling meal that’ll streeeetttccchhh those dollars until your next paycheck. Enter this Slow-Cooker Ham, White Bean and Potato Soup. It doesn’t taste like budget eating—it tastes like cozy, decadent winter-time deliciousness—but at right around $2.00 per serving, it’s perfect for those cash-strapped times. And the leftovers only get better and better as they rest in the fridge. Let’s make it:
This soup is pretty simple, but there are two key components to making sure you have lots of flavor: a smoked ham hock or leftover ham bone and good quality chicken stock. If you don’t have a leftover ham bone, you can grab smoked ham hocks in the meat section at your grocery store. They normally come two or three to a pack, and you can freeze the extras for future batches.
You’ll also want a nice, rich chicken stock to act as a base of the soup. We’re recommending Progresso Chicken Cooking Stock. The flavor really makes it worth the extra few pennies over the cheap stuff—even when you’re tightening your grocery budget.
This recipe is basically just a set-it-and-forget-it meal (aren’t those the best?). This soup is great the first day, but gets really spectacular after sitting in the fridge for about 24 hours. Don’t toss out these leftovers!