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ImageKatg
Jun 28, 2010 11:48 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Very Tasty and Easy Potato Soup

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This is a very hearty and fairly easy Potato soup to make. It's simple ingredients also as most of us have potatoes and bacon on hand. I also like this recipe because you're not thickening it with flour as the potatoes themselves have enough starch. It takes just over an hour and makes about 4 servings. You might want to double the recipe as it tastes even better when it’s had a chance to sit in the fridge!

Ingredients

6 slices of lean thick sliced bacon – chopped
1 Onion - diced
1 ½ stalks of Celery - diced
2 cloves of Garlic - chopped fine
5 Potatoes – peeled and cubed
About 3 cups of Chicken stock
¾ cups of heavy cream
1 bunch of Parsley – chopped fine
Salt and Pepper to taste
(1/2 teaspoon of Tarragon goes well also if you have it on hand)

Prep your ingredients - Chop the bacon, onions, celery, garlic and peel the potatoes

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Place the cubed potatoes in cold water – this will eliminate the starches from turning dark while you’re sautéing the other ingredients

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In a large pot or small dutch oven, cook the bacon until it’s semi-crisp. Remove the cooked bacon to a dish but leave enough bacon fat in the pot to sauté your veggies

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Add the onions, celery and garlic to the pot and sauté until the onions are soft and transparent. Drain and add the cubed potatoes and mix in well – Saute on medium heat for about 6 minutes to blend all the flavors. Add the bacon pieces back into the pan and stir everything together.

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Cover the mixture with the chicken stock – add enough to generously cover the potato mixture. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are cooked and tender. (about 25 minutes) Stir occasionally.

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When the potatoes are cooked. Take about ½ of the mixture and puree it well in a blender. Return the puree to the pot and mix in. Add the cream and chopped parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

If the soup isn’t thick enough…just puree some more of the solids and this should do the trick!

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Enjoy!





ImageDutchlady1
Jun 29, 2010 7:56 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh DELICIOUS -it sounds like a winter soup though! Very hearty and you're kidding , heavy cream....???? Hasn't been in my kitchen for months Hilarious!
I would also suggest adding some leeks if you have them on hand. Potatoes and leeks go so well together.
Imagevalleylynn
Jun 29, 2010 8:28 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Mmmm, that sounds wonderful Kat. Thumbs up
ImagePoochella
Jun 29, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
I agree. Great use of photos and simple, clear directions. It's still cool enough here to have this for a late evening meal. (But it looks good enough for breakfast!) Hurray!
ImageRidesredmule
Jun 29, 2010 9:46 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
It looks beautiful too. Love the pic.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 6, 2010 1:43 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Made this today, Kat, and it's 87 degrees out. Having lived in Southern CA for 26 years, we learned that we couldn't necessarily wait for cold weather to enjoy soup.

Had it for lunch and my tummy is happy.

I did use half the amount of onion as I am taking it to my next door neighbor who is recovering from illness and surgery. She has lost a lot a weight due to her ordeal and doesn't have an appetite. She has to have very bland food. Even with cutting back on the onion, this soup comes through with big unadulterated potato flavor. I used half & half instead of heavy cream and it was still very tasty.

A perfectly written recipe. I wouldn't change a thing.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
ImageKatg
Jul 6, 2010 10:30 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Thanks Arlene! So glad you tried it out and like it! Smiling
Imagevalleylynn
Oct 13, 2010 1:15 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Kat this is for you. Group hug I have been wracking my brain to think of a soup to take to church. Thank you so much for this recipe, I can almost taste it just looking at the picture.
ImageDutchlady1
Nov 5, 2010 3:22 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I made potato soup today. Left out the bacon and the cream (used a little milk) and added half a celeriac root which I adore.
I am still unable to chew anything Grumbling so soups are high on my list!
ImageKatg
Nov 6, 2010 4:43 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Sorry about your dental work Hetty! Potato soup is a good thing though for that!
ImageGardenGuyAZ
Nov 7, 2010 7:31 PM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
I made your potato soup yesterday. The only thing I did different was cook it in a crockpot, instead of over the stove. It was absolutely wonderful. Love the recipe!!

Alan
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller
ImageKatg
Nov 7, 2010 11:03 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Alan:

Crockpot works! It makes me so happy when somebody tries a recipe - So glad you enjoyed it!
ImageGardenGuyAZ
Nov 9, 2010 8:23 AM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
Question? Can I freeze some of the left over Potato soup for later? I can't see why not, but want to make sure.

alan
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller
ImageKatg
Nov 9, 2010 11:08 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Oh for sure! It will also stay good in the refrigerator for a few days - tastes better too when all the flavors had had a chance to intensify!
ImageGardenGuyAZ
Nov 11, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
So as I stated earlier, yesterday I took a big pot of your potato soup to work, with crusty french bread and pumpkin cookies. They emptied the crock pot! I love bringing home empty dishes!! Your recipe was a hit with my co-workers, and they all wanted the recipe. One friend stated she is going to put green chiles in hers. That sounded really good. But I like green chilies in everything. I think I'll try that on the next round too!

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller
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ImageKatg
Nov 11, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Fantastic Alan! I'm so happy everybody liked it. The chile addition sounds good!

You sound like me - The person who feeds everybody. You've got to be careful though. The other day I gave one of my Gals a container of chili to take home as she was the only one around that afternoon. The next day, another says to me - So I heard you brought ___ Chili? I'm like ???? as they hadn't seen each other. She read it on facebook! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
ImageGardenGuyAZ
Nov 11, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
LOL! I enjoy doing it once in awhile. I think it's good for making co-workers more of a team/family, kindred spirit. It builds our relationships to more than just people who work together. We become human beings that care for each other. My beliefs were confirmed a few years ago, when I had a heart attack and had to have a quadruple by pass. All those kindred spirits (co-workers) jumped in to help me, as if I were family. We've all done this for each other. Someone needs a ride to take their car to the shop, I'll drive them there, etc. It's fun!!

Alan
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller
ImageKatg
Nov 11, 2010 12:00 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
You're right! I joke about it, but I really do have a great family that I work with!

Try the Mushroom or Clam chowder next time!
ImageGardenGuyAZ
Nov 14, 2010 8:23 PM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
This weekendI made split pea soup, using the same recipe as you use for your potato soup. I just replaced the potato's with peas. I also added carrots to the recipe. It turned out perfect. The best split pea soup I've ever made. Turned out yummy. I'll try and get a picture tomorrow.

Alan
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller
ImageDutchlady1
Nov 15, 2010 4:57 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh I have my grandmother's split pea soup recipe. It was hands down my favorite meal as a kid; haven't made it yet this year; it needs really cold weather!!

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