Like a scene from Blue’s Clues, we whipped out our handy dandy notebook. Okay, cookbook – the old standby, Taste of Home Kid APPROVED Cookbook for tonight’s under 20 minutes and $5 meal (Aldi helped get this in at $2.50).
The title in the book is “Hot Dog Bean Soup” and that did not sound very promising. So along with my recipe adaptations, I played with the title too.
3 hot dogs quartered and sliced (I used turkey dogs.)
1/4 sweet onion finely diced
2 quartered and sliced carrots
1 can northern beans (16 oz) – The recipe called for kidney, but northern is all I had in the pantry.
1 can condensed bean and bacon soup (11 1/2 oz)
1 1/4 cups water
pepper to taste
Spray a soup pot with non-stick spray. Add in the onions, carrots, and hot dogs. Heat until carmalized. Next add in all remaining ingredients. Simmer for 5-7 minutes to marry the flavors. We served this with a side salad and Aldi breadsticks.
Honestly, I was skeptical about this recipe. Really beans and hotdog soup? I’m sure to many this does not sound appetizing. Good news, it is actually pretty tasty. The hot dogs give a smokey flavor much like bacon or ham. The texture was a little off for me, but the kid critics are the real drive for us. All three gave nods of approval and mmm’s of delight. Another recipe for the box.
For musical motivation during dinner, listen to Beans and Weenies by Trout Fishing in America. Not exactly a Top 20 hit, but the kids will love it! Beans and Weenies by Trout Fishing in America.