The time has come. The time has come, my friends.
It’s soup weather again, and my belly is so incredibly thankful.
I pretty much adore soups of all kinds. Cream soups, broth based, meaty, vegetarian, pureed…you name it, I like it.
My husband on the other hand, not so much a fan. He sees soup as an appetizer. I guess it’s not manly enough for him or something. I’m not sure.
I’ve learned to be very careful about my soup choices around here.
If I plan to serve a soup on its own, it better be loaded and hearty. I can’t serve a broth based soup or lighter fare on its own. It must be accompanied by something else like a sandwich.
Yeah, he’s weird.
This potato soup, however, requires no side dish. It’s rich, hearty and delicious all on its own. It’s also inexpensive and full of fat soluble vitamins, which I love.
My kids even liked this soup. My two year old kept saying, “mmm…good!” That’s music to this mama’s ears.
It’s a fairly simple meal as well. Start with some bacon.
Chop up some veggies while the bacon is cooking and add them to the pot.
Add some broth and taters and simmer. Finally add some cream and milk and you’re pretty much done. I use the cream that has risen to the top of my milk in case anyone is interested.
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped
- ½ cup celery, diced
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 cup onions, diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups potatoes, cubed
- 4-6 cups chicken broth or water
- 1 - 1½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 cup cream (preferably from grass fed cows)
- 1 cup milk (preferably grass fed)
- In a stockpot, cook chopped bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove from pan and set aside. Leave about 1-2 T. of bacon drippings in pot.
- Add celery, carrots, and onions and sautee for about 5-7 minutes, until crisp-tender.
- Add chicken broth or water, potatoes, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
- Boil for about 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not mushy.
- Add cream and milk and stir to combine.
- Using a potato masher, large spoon, or immersion blender, mash or slightly blend a small portion of the potato soup mixture. This will help thicken the soup. You may blend/mash a lot or a little depending on the texture you desire. I still like a lot of large chunky potato pieces so I only mash a little.
- Simmer for about 5-7 minutes until soup is thickened and hot.
- Top with bacon pieces and cheese if desired.
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