Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Best Ever Potato Soup

It's that time of year, and I'm not referring to Christmas.  It wintery weather and it's SOUP time.  My all time favorite soup is our Potato Soup.  This family favorite is SO yummy and great on a really cold day.  I used to love Panera's or O'Charley's potato soup, both were my favorites, until we started making this one.  This recipe has SO much flavor you won't want potato soup from anywhere else again.  
This recipe is pretty easy, takes the longest to prep the veggies, but cook time is pretty quick.  We like to start this one on a weekend around 11am and we can be enjoying it by 12noon.  It is also amazing as a left over…stays yummy when reheating too.  

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 cups cubed potatoes
  • 20 oz turkey stock (chicken stock can be used)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz Velveeta Cheese cubed
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese for topping
Directions:
1.  In a soup pot cook bacon, remove to a paper towel on a plate to drain bacon.  
2.  Don't wash pot, just drain the fat, and leave the bacon cooking marks.
3.  Next add veggies (celery, carrots and onions) with a medium low heat simmer for a few minutes until onions become translucent.  
4.  Next add potatoes, stock.  (Make sure stock is enough to cover potatoes.  If you like more potatoes in your soup, add enough stock to cover.)
5.  Cook over medium to medium low heat and bring to a slow boil.  Let boil for a good 15 mins until potatoes are tender.  
6.  Once potatoes are ready, whisk together one cup of milk with 3 tbsp of flour (or shake in a flour shaker) and add to potatoes.  Add remaining cups of milk to mix as well.  
7.  Cook over medium heat until it returns to a boil, stirring occasionally.  It will thicken up a little.  
8.  Add Velveeta cheese slowly 1/4 at a time, until all 8 oz of cubed cheese is added and melted.  Stirring constantly.  
9.  Let stand on low heat for about 5 mins to make sure all cheese is melted.  Chop bacon into small bite size pieces.  Add half to soup, and save other half for topping.  
10.  Serve with shredded cheese and bacon bits on top.  

Here are the photo directions to go with directions above.  












So yummy!  I'm telling you it is a MUST try recipe.  You won't be disappointed.  

Here are a few yummy bread recipes that would go great with this soup too.  

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2 comments:

  1. Your soup looks wonderful! And I so agree... winter weather means SOUP weather! I could literally eat a different kind of soup every single day, and never need anything else.. except some good bread to go with it ;) Your soup looks wonderful, and I wish I had a big bowl of it on a cold, snowy day like today!!! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Maria! I too love my soup and bread all winter. Just means more time on the treadmill! :)
      Pam

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