Oct 12: Steak and Ale Pie; French Onion Soup with Gruyere ‘Toasties’


The morning fog had barely lifted by lunch time, so a Trader Joe’s Steak and Ale Pie hit the spot perfectly.

  • The two pack is $6.49 or $3.25 per serve.


Since it remained cool, we decided soup would be perfect for dinner, so French Onion it was, with par baked sourdough rolls topped with melted gruyere cheese. The cheese was the most expensive part of this really delicious meal.

French onion soup has an amazing flavor payback, for relatively little effort. Half of Pioneer Woman’s recipe still made three good size serves.

  • Four onions for $2.49 is 83c per serve
  • Add in another 27c for butter, garlic, seasonings & Worcestershire sauce per serve
  • Dry vermouth works out at 17c per serve
  • The carton of beef broth was $2.49 or 83c per serve
  • 8oz of Swiss gruyere was $6.90 and we used half, or $1.73 per serve
  • Six par baked rustic rolls were $3.29 or 55c per serve.

Dinner tonight was exceptionally tasty for just $4.38. The combination of freshly finished roll with melted gruyere dipped into the french onion soup is an amazing bite.

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