Hobo Cooking – Quick Soup On the Run

Sometimes you need to put something in your stomach, not because you are starving, but because you need to warm-up and feel satisfied. In those cases, you need a quick meal, maybe even soup. What if you could put together a quick soup that tasted good, cost you almost nothing and could even consider it for a bugout? Look no further than this hobo cooking soup recipe that you can easily make.

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The idea for this soup recipe has been with me for a long while. I just never got around to actually testing it out. But it was something that I thought about often. How could someone, who had no money, homeless or possibly in the middle of a bug out, put something in their belly that would warm them up and help them to feel like they had eaten. My idea was based around the free ketchup packets you could get at fast food restaurant. (I didn’t realize others had already done this! “There is nothing new under the sun!”)

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So I sat on my idea thinking that I would get around to it one day, when low and behold I saw a video pop-up on social media. I don’t spend a lot of time on social media so I feel like this was Devine intervention. Ok, maybe not, but it is pretty cool. Plus, the video and recipe are probably a lot better than what I would have come up with.

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The recipe is from a YouTube personality that releases videos I have come to enjoy. She is not stuffy, has a great personality and does all kinds of cool videos like reviewing MRE’s from different countries. Her name is Emmy and she has 2.48 million subscribers on YouTube. One of the things I really like is the time she takes to describe the taste and texture of the food she cooks.

The video that I’m referring to is part of her Hard Times Playlist. Some of those videos/recipes include Grapefruit Peel Steak, Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos and Great Depression Era Mock Apple Pie. There are 30 vides in the playlist, so it might be something that those wanting to save money or cut costs check out.

Ketchup Soup – Hobo Cooking Recipe

The Hobo Cooking idea stuck in my mind. Although Emmy does refer to a Hobo Soup article, Emmy’s title to her soup is “KETCHUP Soup – How to Make a FREE Meal | HARD TIMES – recipes from times of scarcity.” These are the ingredients:

  • 8 Ketchup packet
  • 1 Sugar
  • 1 Cup of hot water
  • Creamer (optional)
  • Packet of crackers to bulk up the soup (optional)

Directions: Put the ketchup packets and sugar in a bowl or cup. Add a little hot water and stir. Then add the rest of the hot water to create the thickness of the soup you prefer. Add the creamer. Eat it hot with crackers.

In the video, Emmy mentions that the recipe is basically free accept the crackers. But there are many places that give out crackers too!

I wonder if this would make a good base to add in some potatoes or other vegetables that could bulk it up even more.

Hobo Cooking or Economic Crunch Cooking?

I thought it was interesting to see so many people leave comments about this recipe. Some mentioned their grandfather making this type of soup in restaurants and others mentioned eating this in college. One commenter said, “your gentleness and respectfulness makes me tear up. i grew up poor and seeing how so many others had the same experience makes me feel less alienated. the professional and kind nature of this video does not make me feel embarrassed.”

Ok. So here is the video. It is only 7 minutes long.

More from Emmy

If you want to see more from Emmy, check out her Hard Times Playlist or “Help! Is this a RUSSIAN or UKRAINIAN Ration? Taste Test – Meal Ready to Eat RUSSIA MRE.” Oh, and she might be a closet prepper, she has chickens and her own bees. 😉

What do you think about the recipe? Would you eat it? What would you add to it? Leave a comment.


p.s. Pic was a screen grab from Emmy’s video.

5 thoughts on “Hobo Cooking – Quick Soup On the Run”

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Todd. Love Emmy’s channel.
    I would not have thought to make soup with Ketchup so this is pretty cool. When I was a kid and we were low on food we used ketchup with noodles.
    If I’d have know how much a difference adding a bit of sugar and creamer to it then might have been tastier. lol
    I don’t think I’d add anything to it other than what Emmy shared. It would be tasty with just some crackers.

    1. She actually has a video using ketchup and noodles. Lol.

  2. Very good idea. Ketchup packets received from fast food multiply and get thrown out in trash. This would be a way to use them up. I would suggest maybe throwing in a hot sauce to spice it up. Part of a ramen noodle package would make it even more filling.

  3. I think I would just add a little salt and pepper! Instead of sugar, some fast food places and gas stations with coffee stations give away small packets of honey, cinnamon and lemon juice. Hmmm food for thought isn’t it!
    Thanks God Bless and stay safe…

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