Friday, May 9, 2014

The {Ultimate} Loaded Potato Soup

 

I have heard my whole life how much more terrible Springtime colds were and how long they lasted, but I never really understood that until the past couple of weeks.  My normally VERY healthy family that hardly ever gets sick has been passing around a HORRIBLE Springtime cold.  We ended up missing out on a weekend with extended family that we have had planned for months!  My loaded potato soup was the only thing my hubby and kids wanted when their sickness was at its worst and they had no appetite.  (Me on the other hand, I don't ever lose my appetite when I am sick... not even when I have a stomach virus... I think I have a problem....) Thank God, all the sickness has left our household!  We have such a fun weekend planned and couldn't bear to have to cancel again!  Make this soup next time your loved ones are sick... or just make it because it is absolutely delicious!  <3



The {Ultimate} Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients
4 bacon slices, chopped raw
3 stalks celery, finely diced
3 carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 large onion, diced
3 lbs of your favorite potatoes, peeled and diced
3 TBSP unsalted butter
3 TBSP all purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth (divided)
2 cubes chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp Tony Chachere's creole seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream

For garnish: freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese, green onion, bacon pieces, parsley
Directions

Add chopped bacon to a large pot. (I like to use my dutch oven)  Cook bacon over medium heat until crispy and remove from pan, leaving the bacon grease.   Add the carrots and celery to the pot.  Stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.  Next add the onion to the veggie mixture, stirring occasionally for 5 more minutes.   Now add the diced potatoes, and continue cooking and stirring occasionally for 10 more minutes.  In a separate small pot, make a roux by melting 3 TBSP of butter and whisking in 3 TBSP of flour until lumps are gone.  Whisk in 1 cup of the chicken broth, stirring until completely smooth. 

Add the contents of the small pot into the large soup pot full of the potato/veggie mixture.  Add in the rest of the chicken broth, chicken bouillon cubes, salt, pepper and creole seasoning and stir.  Reduce to a simmer, cooking for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Next add in the milk and cream. At this point, we like to use our immersion blender to get the soup mostly smooth with just a little bit of chunks for texture.  Before we had the immersion blender, we would put half the soup in a blender until smooth then return it to the soup pot.  Either way works and gives the soup a nice thickness.  Taste for seasoning and add toppings of your choice!  Enjoy!


I linked this recipe up over at the Kitchen Dreaming Weekend Social Link Party!  Go check out the other amazing recipes over there!






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14 comments:

  1. Fantastic Brandi! I love potato soup, this looks really wonderful! Glad everyone is feeling better now too!

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  2. I just need to make this, that's all I can say :)

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  3. I'm happy health has been restored to your home; if this soup wouldn't do the job I can't think of what would! Looks fantastic!

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  4. I'm glad you're all feeling better!

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  5. So sorry you're family is sick. We had a horrible virus about 3 weeks ago that went through all of us. Not fun at all! But, this looks amazing! I think I'm definitely going to try it soon!

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  6. Wholesome and super tasty! I love it Brandi!

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  7. Your comments seem to be OK now Brandi - not sure what was going on earlier! Anyway, I hope this soup sorted you all out.

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  8. This soup is truely amazing, can't wait to try it! Congrats on the good job :) -Del's cooking twist

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  9. I LOVE the look of this! :) Loaded potato soup is one of my favorites!

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  10. G'day! Looks like a warm, welcoming soup indeed!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://whatsonthelist.net

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  11. My family loves soup and I've actually never made just a potato soup. Thanks so much for sharing on The Weekend Social. I've picked your dish as my feature post for tomorrow's party. Hope to see you again.

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  12. Just wanted to lyk that I made this soup tonight and my kids wouldn't let me puree the potatoes...lol. They wanted me to leave it in chunks and that's how we ate it. It was just as good. Thanks.

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  13. Now THAT is one AWESOME looking bowl of soup! ;)

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