Poor Man’s Soup – Copyright Coquere

This is a tasty soup, that`s quick to make

Poor Man`s Soup

This is a soup may have its origin in England or the United States. I have not found the term Poor Man’s Soup in Scandinavian recipes. As the name implies it is an inexpensive everyday soup. It can feed many, is nutritious, and of course very cheap to make. This soup will hardly end up in the finer restaurants, as other rustic food has done. Still a good soup, that is quick to make. Recipe for at least four people.



500 g minced meat (beef or other type)
1 can chopped tomatoes
8 medium potatoes
1 onion
5 dl frozen vegetables (finely cut type)
16 dl water
4 cubes clear beef bouillon (0.5 liters per. dice)
½ – 1 pinch cayenne pepper
4-6 teaspoons of sugar


Directions: Poor Man’s Soup
  1. Start by peeling potatoes and cut up into coarse chunks.
  2. Peel the onion and finely cut. To do the work faster it can be beneficial to use food processor.
  3. Fry the minced meat in a frying pan with some oil. Then add the minced meat into a suitable sized saucepan without the grease.
  4. Then add all the other ingredients into the pan. Let it get to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Sugar depends on the acidic in the tomatoes. Bouillon Cubes are usually quite salty so be careful with salt as well. Finally flavours with cayenne pepper. NB! Remember it is strong, so the rule that one can always add more, but never withdraw applies.


Poor Man’s Soup served: Warm and with flat bread if desired.

Allergy: Gluten- and lactose free. High on FODMAP partly due to the onions, and depends on the type of vegetables you use

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