Yesterday I made potato and leek soup, which is quite possibly one of most inexpensive soups you can make, and therefore perfect for the poor college student. There can be fancy ingredients involved--some versions of the soup call for a variety of fresh herbs and cream--but I made mine with whatever I had on hand. In other words, a poor man's version of a poor man's soup.
two large potatoes
one cube vegetable bouillon
5 dl water
1 dl milksalt, pepper, basil, oregano
Wash the leeks and cut off their tops and bottoms. Peel potatoes and cut into smaller pieces.
Slice them open along their length and rinse again, as there may be dirt stuck between the leaves.
Slightly brown the leeks in a pot. Add potatoes and water. Let it boil until the potatoes are soft. Cream the mixture with potato masher. Add milk. Add bouillon cube. (I didn't have any vegetable cubes and instead used a chicken cube. It worked just as well.) Add salt, pepper, oregano, and basil as desired.
Bouillon is a present wrapped in silver paper.