Thursday, March 8, 2012

GuiltlessGourmet - Kielbasa Soup

This Scrumptious Dish is an old family recipe. Full of flavor it is always a crowd pleaser as a soup or main course.  Add a slice of our Artisan Bread recipe and a yummy veggie for a complete meal under 500 calories.  

1 Lb Polska Kielbasa
             -I prefer Hillshire Farms, Sliced and Halved
5 large Potatoes, Chopped
4 large Carrots, Chopped
½ head Cabbage, Chopped
4 Cubes Chicken Bullion
1 tsp Thyme
2 Bay Leaves, Whole
10 Cups Water
2 Stalks Celery, Diced

            Brown Kielbasa in a Skillet.  It is precooked but you want to brown until you get a nice crust on the outside and have fragrant drippings in the bottom of the pan.  For even lower calorie you can drain and pat Kielbasa with paper towels I prefer to leave the drippings in and add flavor.
            In a large pot place Kielbasa, Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage, Bullion, Thyme, Water, Bay leaves, and Celery.  Bring to Boil.  Reduce heat to Medium and Cook until potatoes and carrots are almost tender to your liking.  About 30-45 Minutes. Add cabbage simmer until Cabbage is wilted and Potatoes and Carrots are done.  10-15 Minutes.  Serve Hot.  Makes 16-1 cup servings for a soup course or 8-2 cup servings for a main dish. Serve with  Roll and Vegetable like Broccoli  for a complete meal. 
            Tip-To make it even easier make this recipe in a Crockpot.  Times will be 2 hrs on high for main ingredients.  30 Minutes on high with cabbage.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving 1 cup
Calories: 206.8
Total Fat: 8.8 g
Cholesterol: 12.5 mg
Sodium: 498.7 mg
Total Carbs: 26.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.3 g
            Protein: 6.6 g

Budget Breakdown
Kielbasa Sausage $3.50-$4.00-1 Lb
Potatoes $1@.50 Lb
Carrots $1@.99 Lb
Cabbage $1@.50Lb
Chicken Bullion $.25
Thyme Negligible
Bay Leaves Negligible
Water Negligible
Celery $.25 @ $1.25 a package

Total Cost $6.50 - $.81 cents main dish serving $.41 Soup course serving.

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