Potato Soup

My son stayed home from school today with a fever and cold. When I asked him what sounded good for dinner he said potato soup. I wanted to keep it simple and comforting but still fairly healthy.  My daughter jumped in and helped me peel potatoes and sauté the veggies – I love that! At first, I was concerned that the soup was too simple, but once I added bacon bits and spicy pepper jack cheese to each bowl, it turned flavorful and delicious. We all enjoyed this potato soup, especially both of my kids. I am looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow. 

Peel the potatoes then dice all of the veggies.

Heat a very large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy on both sides. Remove from the Dutch oven and place on a paper towel then cut into bits; set aside.Remove from the Dutch oven and place on a paper towel. Remove all but 1 teaspoon of bacon grease from the Dutch oven. Add the onion, carrot, and celery; cook, stirring often, for a couple of minutes. Add the minced garlic cayenne pepper, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then  cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the diced potato and chicken broth. Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Add the milk then partially blend the soup with an immersion blender. Taste and re-season. Add the parsley and stir. Ladle into bowls then top with shredded cheese and bacon bits. Enjoy.

Side Note: If you would like your soup to be a little more decadent and creamy, add 1/2 cup of  half and half or heavy cream. 

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Potato Soup

Yield: 8+

Total Time: 30-40 min.

Ingredients:

6 slices lean bacon
1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves of garlic
Dash (or two) Cayenne pepper
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
6 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
8 cups chicken stock
1 cup milk
1/2 cup of half and half or heavy cream (optional)
Fresh parsley, chopped
Pepper Jack or extra sharp cheddar, grated
Bacon bits

Directions:

Heat a very large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy on both sides. Remove from the Dutch oven and place on a paper towel then cut into bits; set aside. Remove all but 1 teaspoon of bacon grease from the Dutch oven. Add the onion, carrot, and celery; cook, stirring often, for a couple of minutes. Add the minced garlic cayenne pepper, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the diced potato and chicken broth. Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Add the milk then partially blend the soup with an immersion blender. Taste and re-season. Add the parsley and stir. Ladle into bowls then top with shredded cheese and bacon bits. Enjoy.

Side Note: If you would like your soup to be a little more decadent and creamy, add 1/2 cup of half and half or heavy cream.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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20 Responses to “Potato Soup”

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 4, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    I plan to make a cauliflower soup for the lunch today…but now I want the potato soup! So creamy, and comforting!

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    Kris — February 4, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

    Sorry he is sick! It sure is making the rounds though. Had it here too. Potato soup is a perfect meal for feeling kind of yuck! Your daughter is sure getting grown up! Nice that she loves to cook like her Mama!!
    xo Kris

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    gloria — February 4, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

    This soup.sounds delicious Pam!!

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    lenia — February 5, 2014 @ 2:40 am

    The ideal comfort food!

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    Jenn — February 5, 2014 @ 4:14 am

    We love potato soup… it’s just one of those full on comfort things!! And leftovers always seem to be a little better even!!!

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    Martha — February 5, 2014 @ 5:17 am

    The soup sounds delicious! Everything is better with bacon? :) I have a son who seems to think so! Hope your son feels better soon!

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    Louise — February 5, 2014 @ 6:23 am

    I hope your son is feeling better, Pam. I think it is so cute that he asked for Potato Soup and just as cute that your daughter jumped in to help:)

    It sure looks good. I can’t believe I have never made Potato Soup. It always sounds so hearty. February happens to be Potato Lovers’ Month. Perhaps it is high time I make some soon!!! Thanks for sharing, Pam…Just right for such a snowy cold day:)

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    Larry — February 5, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    A good bowl of potato soup is just hard to beat anytime and it is our go-to feeling poorly meal as well.

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    Diane — February 5, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    I don’t think I have ever had potato soup, only potato and leek. Must give it a try.
    Hope you don’t catch any bugs. Have a good week. Diane

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    grace — February 5, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    sick or not, this would be a very satisfying bowlful!

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    Marjie — February 5, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    It sounds delicious. You can actually make cream based soups even more creamy by adding powdered nonfat milk at the end of the cooking. No one ever knows you didn’t use cream, and you don’t suffer the extra calories.
    I love your picture of your daughter peeling the potatoes. She’s a great helper in the kitchen. Hope your son is feeling better soon.

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    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) — February 5, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    I hope your son recovers swiftly. :) There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of hearty soup. Potato soup is my all time favourite, almost makes me wish I had a cold just so my hubby would make it for me!

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    Jovina Coughlin — February 5, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    Lots of hard work – peeling all those potatoes! The soup looks yummy.

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine — February 5, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Your daughter looks like a great helper and this soup sound like a meal in a bowl, perfect for a chilly day. I know your son loved it! He sounds like a culinary expert at such a young age!

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    Joanne — February 5, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

    Nothing beats potato soup in terms of comfort! It hits all the right spots. Hope your son is feeling better!!

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    Kim in MD — February 6, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    I’m sorry to hear your son was sick. I hope he feels better soon! I’m sure this soup was delicious and helped make him feel a little bit better!

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    Beautifully Delicious » Potato Soup — February 6, 2014 @ 7:50 am

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    Hazel — February 9, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    This sounds so warming and comforting and delicious! Perfect for a chilly day to warm up and relax :)

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    Gail — February 9, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    This is similar to Ree Drummond’s…but she adds flour…do you prefer it without? Just curious as I am making it right now for tomorrow’s dinner..Thanks for all the great recipes!

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    • Pam replied: — February 10th, 2014 @ 8:32 am

      Gail,

      I haven’t seen Ree’s version. I didn’t feel like this soup needed any flour to thicken it up – it was plenty thick on it’s own.

      Pam

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