Friday, July 23, 2010

Bargain Meal of the Week: Cheddar Cheese Baked Potato Soup

It's time for another week of Bargain Meals! Erin over at $5 Dinners (a great read!) is hosting a gathering of bloggers all over the Internet, creating frugal meals straight from the sales circulars of their favorite stores. Check it out for even more inspiration. I contribute every week for the current sales at Publix, which run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. Keep in mind that you do not need to purchase two of a product to get the buy one get one price. Publix marks down their products to half price for the BOGO deals.

Items on sale that can be used in this meal:

Russet Baking Potatoes, 5 lb., $2.99

Smithfield Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon, 16 oz., $3

Campbells Cooking Soups, price unknown
-.50/2 Campbells Cooking Soups printable

Breakstone Sour Cream, price unknown
-.55/1 Breakstone's Sour Cream, Any Package 16 Oz. Or Larger - Bricks

Cheddar Cheese Baked Potato Soup


1 baking potato
2 (10-ounce) cans Cheddar cheese soup
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 cup real bacon pieces
Sour cream, for garnish
Green onion, finely chopped, optional for garnish


Microwave the baking potato for 7 to 8 minutes on high. Carefully remove from microwave using oven mitts. It will be HOT! Set aside until cool enough to touch.

When potato is cool, cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

Add Cheese soup, chicken stock, and bacon pieces to a medium pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally over medium high heat. Add potato and continue to heat soup for 5 minutes.

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a few chopped green onions.

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