Easy, Frugal Potato Peel Soup

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Need a budget-friendly dinner idea that helps you use what you have and prevent food waste? This soup tastes like potato soup, but it’s made with the scraps! Real food and delicious.

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As cheapskate cooks, one of our goals is to never ever waste food. Maybe this means we save all the onion skins and celery leaves and simmered them into vegetable broth (with our freezer broth bags!). Maybe we blend carrots tops together with garlic and nuts and make pesto (yes, you can!). Or we scrape the dregs of the pizza sauce jar into marinara sauce for spaghetti.

Over the years, some of my food-saving practices failed epically. Like when I tried blending leftover sauteed vegetables into a smoothie. I was young, broke, desperate, and trying new things. DO NOT TRY IT. You’re probably a smart person who already knows that.

(If you want to save money on smoothies, try these ideas instead.)

Sometimes I tried new things and found a winner – like this potato peel soup.

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    Potato Peel Soup

    Normally, I don’t recommend peeling potatoes. If you are a busy frugal person, you likely don’t have the time or desire to obsess over potato peels. Besides, they add fiber. Why take them away?

    However, sometimes, for some dishes, we end up peeling potatoes.

    When you do, make some Potato Peel Soup. It’s like Potato Soup, but basically FREE. You still get the flavor of potato soup, but now you’ve stretched those potatoes into 2 meals – whatever fussy recipe that required peeled potatoes, and this soup!

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    BONUS: This recipe is one of those real food gems that cost pennies and is also:

    But you can also sprinkle it with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

    So it’s perfect.

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    Budget-Friendly Soup

    If I make this with homemade chicken or vegetable broth – which is essentially free – this soup costs around 25 cents per serving. Great deal!

    More Budget-Friendly Soup Recipes:

    Potato Peel Soup

    Easy potato soup made with leftover peels instead of whole potatoes. Vegetarian, Vegan options, Gluten-free, Dairy-free options, and Paleo

    Author: Steph Jenkins
    • 2 tbsp butter or oil
    • 1 cup onion, chopped
    • 1 cup carrots, chopped (optional)
    • 1 1/2 cups potato peels (yellow or new potatoes work best)
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
    • 2 cups milk or cream (almond milk works great!)
    • Salt, to taste
    • Pepper, to taste
    Optional Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, crumbled sausage, sour cream, pickled jalapenos
    1. In a medium-size pot, heat butter or oil. 

    2. Add onion (and carrots, if using) to pot and saute, stirring frequently until onion is translucent.  

    3. Stir in potato peels, stock, and bay leaf. 

    4. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until carrots are soft.  

    5. Remove from heat. Stir in milk or cream, and let soup cool slightly.

    6. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup, or blend it in batches in a countertop blender (only fill the blender halfway – hot liquids expand then explode and make a terrible mess. Ask me how I know). You can also leave the soup as is! Whatever works for you.

    7. Top as desired and serve warm with salad, steamed veggies, crackers, or bread.

    Recipe Notes

    If you want more veggies in your soup, add cauliflower or more carrots. If you want to add something green, like broccoli or spinach, cook them separately, then add them to the soup after blending. Blending the greens with the soup results in a color that’s pretty off-putting.

    Whether you’re simply trying to reduce food waste or find ways to feed your family on a tight budget, I hope this Potato Peel Soup helps you save money and eat healthy!

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      Potato peel soup might sound weird at first, but it tastes like potato soup!

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