The time has come. The time has come, my friends.
It's soup weather again, and my belly is so incredibly thankful.
My husband on the other hand, not so much a fan. He sees soup as an appetizer. I guess it's not manly enough for him or something. I'm not sure.
I've learned to be very careful about my soup choices around here.
If I plan to serve a soup on its own, it better be loaded and hearty. I can't serve a broth based soup or lighter fare on its own. It must be accompanied by something else like a sandwich.
Yeah, he's weird.
This potato soup, however, requires no side dish. It's rich, hearty and delicious all on its own. It's also inexpensive and full of fat soluble vitamins, which I love.
My kids even liked this soup. My youngest kept saying, "mmm...good!" That's music to this mama's ears.
It's a fairly simple meal as well.
- Start with some bacon because bacon makes everything more tasty.
- Chop up some veggies while the bacon is cooking and add them to the pot.
- Add some broth and taters and simmer.
- Finally add some cream and milk and you're pretty much done. I use the cream that has risen to the top of my milk in case anyone is interested.
- 4 slices bacon chopped
- ½ cup celery diced
- 1 cup carrots diced
- ½ large onion diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 7 cups potatoes cubed
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup milk
- shredded cheddar cheese optional topping
- In a stockpot, cook chopped bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove from pan and set aside. Leave about 2 T. of bacon drippings in the pot.
- Add celery, carrots, and onions and saute for about 5-7 minutes until crisp-tender.
- Add chicken broth, potatoes, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
- Boil for about 10-15 minutes until potatoes are fork-tender.
- Add cream and milk and stir to combine.
- At this point you may mash part of the potatoes to thicken the soup a bit. I prefer to leave some chunkiness to the soup so I don't mash completely, but it's up to your preference.
- Simmer for about 5 more minutes until soup is thickened and hot.
- Top with reserved bacon and shredded cheddar cheese if desired.