Tomato Rice Soup

by Chris Tecmire

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Tomato Rice Soup is hearty, flavorful, and satisfying.  If you enjoy tomatoes, like summer, or love your mother, you will adore this soup.  It’s remarkably simple and will make your home smell fantastic for less than $0.50 per serving!

Cost:  Less than $0.50 per serving

Serving Size:  1 cup

Deliciousness Factor:  Very High



1 Tbsp Oil

1 Rib of Celery (chopped)

4 Cloves Garlic (minced)

28 oz. Canned Tomatoes

5 1/2 cups Water

3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes (or substitute – see below)

1/2 cup Uncooked Rice

1 cup Corn

2 tsp Dried Basil

1/2 tsp Dried Oregano

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of Pepper

1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar



1.  Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Saute the celery and garlic until soft – about 10 minutes.

2.  Add the tomatoes, water, and chicken cubes.

3.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

4.  After adding the rice, corn, and herbs, simmer until the rice is fully cooked – around 20 minutes for white rice and a little longer for brown.  You also may need to add a little extra water to the pot if you’re using brown rice to make up for the longer cooking time.

5.  Add the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper and simmer for 5 more minutes.

6.  Enjoy!


* If you’d rather not use bouillon cubes for your Tomato Rice Soup, try this simple substitution:  For 3 cubes, substitute 3/4 tsp onion powder, 3/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1  1/8 tsp salt.  It’s even cheaper than using cubes, and though it doesn’t have quite the punch that the bouillon cubes have, it’s an excellent substitution that Trisha and I use all the time.

Obviously, you could also use 3 cups of chicken stock instead, but, unless you make your own, it will cost you more.


This frugal recipe, along with 150 other delicious and inexpensive recipes, can be found in Eating Well For Only $2 A Day!  You can read more about it on the “The Book” page on this blog, or follow the link provided to purchase it on our secure site.


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jayne Grenier April 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

This is a delicious, easy dish that my husband and I both love. Thanks for the great recipe and all your terrific savings tips!


heather September 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I have just found your blog and can’t wait to try this recipe- it looks delicious!! I also appreciate you adding the substitution for the bouillon cubes, I am trying to cut down on using them in recipes.


Chris Tecmire September 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Yeah, you’re not alone on the cubes – many people are trying not to use them anymore. The garlic powder and onion powder tend to add back much of the flavor of the cubes without adding any cost. They’ve worked well for us.
Oh, and welcome to Simple Family Finance. I’m glad you found us :)


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