Monday, February 21, 2011

Meatless Monday: Best Ever Potato Soup

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I originally found this recipe while looking for a soup to use up some ham leftover from New Year's. I actually really like this as just the Potato Soup with nothing else added. It is so scrumptious AND EASY!!!

Today's Ingredients:
3 ½ cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely diced onion
3 ¼ cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules or base
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk or 1 cup milk + 1 cup heavy cream

First prep your potatoes, celery, and onion. I used red potatoes as they seem to hold up better in soups. The first time I made this I used baking potatoes and it worked, but they were definitely starting to crumble. Any waxy potato works well.

Add the potatoes, celery and onion to a soup pot and add the water.

Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10-15 min.

When the potatoes are almost done melt your butter in a separate pan.

Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute.

Slowly stir in milk* as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4-5 minutes.

*I had leftover cream from making homemade ice cream and so made it with half milk and half cream. It just adds a nice richness, but all milk works just as well, even skim.

Stir in the chicken bouillon or base* and S&P to the pot.

*I really love using my Penzey's chicken base. It provides such good flavor and is way less salty than chicken bouillon. I did see some chicken base (looks like a thick paste) at the store the other day as well.

Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through.

Serve immediately.

Additional ingredients that you could add in:
-Add in ¾ cup diced cooked ham
-Add shredded chicken
-Add 1 can corn
-Add bacon, shredded cheese and green onions for baked potato soup

The first time I made this I added ham - yum! I've made a different potato soup before and added corn - yum! At Halloween we usually have potato soup with all the baked potato fixings to add on top - yum!

So in essence a great plain potato soup, but a great base to build upon if you want!

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