March 20, 2013

Loaded Potato Soup


If any dish can be thrifty and decadent at the same time, it is this loaded potato soup.  We like to serve this as a special treat whenever we have guests for lunch.  It is filling and rich and delicious without being too fancy for a simple lunch with good friends.

This is a very forgiving recipe.  I don't make it with the exact same proportions of ingredients every time, but I've probably made it a hundred times from memory and it always turns out de-lish!

Peel enough potatoes to fill your soup pot just over half way. (If I'm using nice new potatoes with nice skins I just wash the skins and keep them on)  If they are large potatoes, cut them in half.


Add enough chicken broth to cover all of the potatoes.  Sometimes I thin the broth out with some water if I don't have enough.  Simmer until potatoes are soft.


Meanwhile, cook six slices of bacon in a large pan. When cooked, remove bacon slices and add
  • 2 onions, diced
  • half a head of garlic, minced
Cook unions and garlic in the bacon drippings until fragrant and well coloured.  Crumble the bacon and set it aside for later.


Scrape onions and garlic into the pot of simmering potatoes and let them all simmer together until the potatoes are tender and mashable when you stab them with a fork.


When the potatoes are ready, puree your soup with a stick blender or a potato masher.


Remove from heat and stir in enough milk to make the soup your desired consistency, 1 or 2 cups depending on the potatoes you used and how thick you want it.  Sprinkle with a couple pinches of kosher salt and some fresh ground pepper to taste.

Serve with crumbled bacon, grated cheddar cheese, and sliced green onions.  It's also great topped with salsa and sour cream, if you have them (we didn't!).


Loaded Potato Soup
  • lots of potatoes
  • 4+ cups of chicken broth (or a combination of broth and water)
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 onions, diced
  • half a head of garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 cups of milk
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • desired toppings such as cheese, green onions, sour cream or salsa.
Peel and cut enough potatoes to fill your soup pot just over half way.  Add enough chicken broth to cover potatoes.  Simmer until soft.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a pan until crispy.  Remove bacon from pan and set aside to crumble and serve with finished soup.  Cook onions and garlic in bacon drippings until fragrant and well coloured.  Scrape into pot of simmering potatoes.

When potatoes are fork tender, remove from heat and puree with a stick blender or by hand with a potato masher.  Stir in enough milk to reach desired consistency. Sprinkle with a couple pinches of kosher salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!



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24 comments:

  1. That looks like real Winter comfort food !!

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  2. Can I come to tea please - looks delicious :)

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  3. Loos delightful but I can not make potato soup. Simply can. not. do. it. It turns into glue. every single attempt. Its very sad for me, especially seeing your delish dish!

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    1. Hi Bobbie! Maybe you may need to try a potato with a lower starch content. Red potatoes make especially good soup and have a relatively low starch content. Or you could try a combination of a couple different types of potatoes. Also, try not to over-mash them...that seems to increase the glue-y-ness. :)

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  4. This is dee-licious! Can't wait to try it!

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  5. Sounds super good! PS: Love the new header photo- at least I think it is new, just noticed it.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! The header image IS new, and I haven't fully decided yet whether I like it or not, so I appreciate the feedback :)

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  6. Kelly! I love the new blog layout! I simply adore your blog (I think I've commented that at least six times now). So happy for you to see your blog really taking off! ~Amy

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  7. looks so delish. I really need to try this we love potatoes in this house haha.

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  8. I've got a bunch of potatoes languishing right now and I've never been very creative cooking with them. I think this will be one of my weekend trial recipes. Do you think flour or cornstarch would work as a thickener? My hubby is lactose intolerant and I think short of the milk he'd like this as well.

    Thanks for all the work you put into the site, I love the new picture it strikes me as very honest and real which is always awesome to see on the internet where so many hide behind anonymity.

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    1. Hi Cat! The soup, once pureed, is very thick. the milk actually thins it out a little. So you could use any other liquid you'd like in it's place, like water or broth or maybe even some coconut milk if you are feeling adventurous! Enjoy!

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  9. Oh yum, and I love the new blog look! I think the header is great.

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  10. Mmmm. I make a version of this for my crockpot and it's so amazingly delicious. A new favourite of ours!

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  11. Yummers!

    Check out the Leibster Award that I passed on to you. I do so enjoy your blog posts. Have fun!

    http://joyfulinchaos.blogspot.com/2013/03/leibster.html

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  12. Yummy! Mine is similar but I add cream cheese while cooking! Love your blog!

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  13. Yum! what a great idea to add bacon on top, this will be a winner with my husband! LOVE the new look on the blog!! I think the header is absolutely adorable! Was the old one a bit too perfect? haha love it, have a great weekend!

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  14. Made potato soup tonight, and I used your recipe as inspiration. I loved that ALL my kids could eat it (including the 9-month old). I paired it with homemade french bread and oooooh was it good!

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  15. And it's so pretty! :) I love when food's beauty is revealed.

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  16. Mmm. This looks so delicious. I can't believe my kids aren't potato or soup fans!

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  17. Hi Kelly! I love your blog. This recipe turned out really great for me :)

    Ps. What brand are your scallop-edge bowls? They're adorable!!

    Rachel

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  18. Made this and loved it! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. I make a similar soup with half cauliflower -- my family picky eaters was none the wiser.

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  20. I think my Byerlys recipe is much better. Has carrots, celery, heavy whipping cream, sugar, salt, pepper, water. No chicken broth or salsa. I leave the skin on the potatoes and dice them into bite size pieces.

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