Monday, March 7, 2011

Food For Thought Tuesday: Loaded Baked Potato Soup

About a week and a half ago I woke up and opened our curtains and this is what I saw.



I am READY for spring to show it's face around here. In Utah it can be almost 60 degrees one day and then the next day we will get a foot of snow. I hate this time of year. I am ready for warm weather and flip flops!

The only upside to this kind of weather is making some comfort food. I LOVE cream soups.
There is something warm and comforting about eating a warm bowl of soup on a cold day. During the winter we probably have soup or chili a 3-4 times a month. Just recently my grandmother made me a cream soup that was so delicious and she shared the recipe with me. She has a basic recipe for any kind of cream soup, and you just add what you like to the soup.

Since I've learned how to do this, I made up this recipe.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup


Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients
1 package of bacon, chopped into small pieces
1 small onion chopped finely
2 celery stalks chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cups water
5 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
1 small package of Velveeta Cheese, cubed
2 cups cream
Potato flakes to thicken soup
Salt and pepper to taste
Sour Cream
Grated Cheddar cheese

In large stock pot, render bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside. Reserve 3 Tablespoons of bacon fat and remove the remaining.

Saute onions, carrots, and celery in bacon fat for about 3 minutes on medium-high heat. Add in garlic and potatoes and stir. Pour in water and add the chicken bouillon cubes and let simmer until vegetables are fork tender. Turn the heat to LOW and add in your velveeta cheese and stir until melted. Slowly stir in cream and cook on low for about 5 minutes.

Do not bring your soup to a boil, if you do this it will separate and wont be as creamy.

Taste soup and add salt and pepper to taste. If soup is not as thick as you'd like, add a 1-2 Tablespoons of potato flakes and cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream, cheddar cheese, and reserved bacon.

I love this soup and we have had more times than I can count this winter. It is so creamy and rich and it hits the spot every time I make it. In my opinion the soup is even better the next day.

13 comments:

Amanda @ New Adventures said...

Idaho weather is the same! Its hard to get used to. Yesterday it was 55 out and then I drove in a blizzard to work this morning!

Lora said...

Baked Potato soup, my favourite! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Alberta weather is just as crazy. It can go from -22f blizzardy to 40f in a day and back down to -22 the next.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

My kids have been BEGGING me to make Baked Potato Soup - I'll have to give your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing, and also, I never understood why sometimes the cheese separates, thanks for clearing that up for me!

the cape on the corner said...

um, yum! looks ridiculously delicious!

Miz Helen said...

Your potato soup looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and you have a great day!

Inspired2cook said...

Bacon makes everything better! Your soup looks great!
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Cass said...

Yummmmmm!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

What a delicious potato soup recipe . . . . bookmarked and saved! Found you over on one of the foodie blog hops, now following you and hope you stop by my blog and follow back if you like! I also have a weekend blog hop that I'd like to invite you to join in the fun! Roz at La Bella Vita

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

This looks so yummy! I love potatoes and especially potato soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Tomorrow I'm featuring a bunch of recipes. I'd love for you to swing by if you get a chance.
Katie

lisbonlioness said...

Thank you! I mean, thank you from the bottom of my little potato- shaped, soup loving heart. This makes me complete! OmG, I am excited, and I can't say I am someone to easily get excited over soup. YAY!

Kim of Mo Betta said...

I LOVE Potato Soup!!

Welsh Woman said...

Looks yummy!

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

That looks and sounds delicious.

We woke up to that yesterday morning and I was not impressed at all.