Balancing Val

Jump In The Pool Tortellini Soup

Posted on: September 5, 2010

In a few short months it will almost be a whole year since Chris and I have lived together. We still have a lot of adjusting to do in this apartment but we have been getting things down pretty good.

One thing I haven’t quite got down so well is our grocery budget. We each put the same amount of money away each month and go food shopping with it about every 2 weeks. The past few months I shaved about $40 off the budget and that used to be ok, but as we are eating more meals in . . . We find ourselves running out of food quick!

From now on, I’ll be adding that extra $40 back in but until then, we gotta figure out what to eat with what we have already in the house. I love these challenges because I hate waste and I love being creative.

This is what I came up with for tonights dinner which will probably last for a lunch or two or maybe another dinner. I wouldn’t even call it a recipe since I literally threw all the ingredients in my crockpot . . . Set it and forget it!


Here’s what I had to work with . . . .

I cooked some raw baby spinach that was almost on it’s last day the night before. I had a bag of tortellini, some chicken stock powder, roasted red peppers and garlic and onion.

I cooked the onion and garlic a bit to draw out the raw flavor.

I filled the crockpot with about 10 cups of water and mixed in the chicken stock powder. Then . . . I threw everyone else in for a swim on HIGH for about 6 hours.

The tortellini are a bit mushy, but the soup tastes really good! Not bad for scraping the kitchen 😉

I got lots of ideas on how to shop smarter and save money that I will share in the future 🙂

Were you ever short on money and created a meal from the few things left you had? What was it?

3 Responses to "Jump In The Pool Tortellini Soup"

That looks delicious!! Hope I get to sample some…hint!!

That soup looks really good!

I’m always short on money because I can’t control myself in the grocery store. Last week was especially bad though. I forgot that my paycheck had to stretch through 3 weekends instead of the usual two. Good thing my mom likes to send me home with food!

I loooove tortellini!
Last fall, I hadn’t been grocery shopping for awhile, I was tired and I had a ton of homework, so I made a casserole from a can off turkey chili, some cheese, and leftover pumpkin from my jack-o-lantern! It was really good and it lasted us several days.

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