Manischewitz soup mixes
In an effort to cut some costs at home I have started making soup on a regular basis. I find those dried Manishewitz soup mixes to be pretty good if you add lots of vegetables and left overs sometimes and a can of beans. For about $4 I can make a huge soup. However I wonder about their salt content.
They have what I consider to be an insane amount of sodium. You can find tons of great soup and bean recipes on Chowhound and the home cooking board that you can make from scratch in about the same amount of time, especially if you're already adding chopped veggies and beans to the mix.
as an example:
chop an onion and 3 cloves of garlic, saute in a little olive oil. Add 14oz can diced tomatoes, cook for about 5 minutes. Add about 1/2 teaspoon each ground coriander, cumin, and kosher salt and a few turns of black pepper. Add 2 cans of black beans, rised and drained and a small can of corn kernels, drained. Cook another 10 min or so and add seasoning to taste. You can thin with water or low sodium broth if it gets thick. This is great over rice with a little shredded cheese.