Hot Dog Soup

Hot Dog SoupWinter has become an unwanted guest who will not get the hint that it is time to leave.   While I want to be eating salads and even ice cream, I am coerced into eating soups and casseroles because I am just so dang cold.  Yes, I do live in Florida, and yes, I am a wimp.So.  Hot dog soup.  If you think about them, hot dogs are one of the more frugal meats out there.  There is no waste: no skin, no bones, no external fat to be trimmed.  They are concise little cylinders of completely edible food.  You can buy nitrate free, kosher, or even vegan versions depending on what you like.  Or you can go for El Cheapo-Squeako varieties and  pay less than a dollar for a package.Hot Dog Soup

When you slice a package of eight or ten franks, it makes a nice pile.  Considering my family members normally eat two or three or four dogs apiece, that pile actually goes a long way.  I put them into chicken stock and let them simmer with vegetables for a couple of hours.  The result was a very hearty soup.

Frugal Tip: Because of St. Patrick’s day, March is the month for cheap cabbage in the United States.   It’s on special right now for $.39/pound.  Therefore, this is the month to fill your menu with cabbage soup, casseroles, salads, etc.

Hot Dog Soup
  • 1 12-16 oz package hot dogs, cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 head cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 5-7 potatoes, (optionally peeled) and cubed
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil.
  2. Cook onions until soft.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat to simmer and cover.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours).
Make sure your hot dogs are gluten free, if needed. Not all are.


7 thoughts on “Hot Dog Soup

  1. It looks really delicious ,I love hotdogs, sauerkraut so I,m sure I will love the soup can not wait to try it! I,ll try anything !

  2. I would have never thought to make a hot dog soup! I love this idea. And thanks for the cabbage tip too. I never noticed that it was so inexpensive for the month of March. Love the frugal tips!

  3. Do you think adding chourico to this would be a good tweak for a spicy kick? Chourico is a type of Portugese spicy sausage and is a regional favorite where I live. If you have ever had linguica this is very similar just spicier.

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