Monday, October 31, 2011

Loaded Potato Soup

I'm kind of a sucker for potato soups. I don't know what it is about them, but there's hardly been one I didn't like. This recipe was no exception. Originally found on, I, of course, made some very minor alterations.

Serves 4.

  • 4 (6-ounce) red potatoes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup dried, minced onions
  • 1 heaping tsp Organic Better Than Bouillon™ chicken base
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 3 T all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk, divided
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 bacon slices
  • ⅓ cup shredded monterey jack cheese

1. Wash potatoes. Pierce with a fork and microwave on HIGH for 12 minutes or until fork tender. Cut in half; cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add celery and onion; sauté 2-3 minutes. Add chicken base and water. Stir until base dissolves.

3. Combine flour and ½ cup milk; add to pan with remaining 1½ cups milk. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.

4. Arrange bacon on a paper-towel lined microwave safe plate. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.

5. Scoop insides of potatoes into pan; discard skins. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup. Top with cheese and bacon.
Loaded Potato Soup
NOTE: My husband really likes salt, so I tend to make everything a little on the salty side. This could easily have the salt reduced to ½ tsp (per the original recipe), if you might like a little less salt. I thought it was perfect, but Jeff still added a bunch of salt to his bowl!

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