I made baked potato soup before but it calls for a lot of milk so I wanted a potato soup that wasn’t so heavy. This one is really good and only uses 2 cups of milk and some chicken broth instead. Of course, homemade chicken broth is best but I buy the Pacific brand sometimes. You can make this soup without the milk if you want (just add more chicken broth). The milk just gives it that creamy potato soup look and taste. For a vegetarian option just leave out the bacon and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
- 4-6 slices of bacon
- ½ cup chopped onion (or 1 leek, chopped)
- 2 large carrots, peeled & chopped (optional)
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled & chopped into small squares or triangles
- Salt & pepper, sprinkle desired amount
- ½ - 1 tsp garlic powder
- 32 oz chicken broth (4 cups)
- 1 TB dried parsley
- 2 cups milk
- Shredded cheese (optional)
- Other options: corn, kale/spinach, zucchini, butternut squash
- Cook the bacon in a large pot (I cook right in the pot I'm cooking the soup in to save on dishes), remove and set aside in a papertowel.
- Drain the grease and add onion, celery & carrots to the pot. Sauté for a couple minutes. Add diced potatoes, salt & pepper, garlic powder. Stir and sauté for a few more minutes.
- Pour in the broth, add the parsley, and bring to a gentle boil. Crumble the bacon and add (if you want to add corn and/or kale you can put that in now too).
- Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes on medium, or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the milk and bring to a gentle boil while stirring consistently. Reduce heat and cook about 10 minutes. Continue stirring frequently. You basically just want to cook until it's the right consistency. Add shredded cheese if desired. It does help thicken it.
Another picture of this delicious soup!
It would be really good with some homemade bread! I make bread every week using my bread machine. I mostly make it for my kids but who can resist a slice of bread fresh out of the oven with some real butter on it?! That’s usually the only time I have a piece. Otherwise I try to avoid bread/crackers. You can find the recipe here, by Real Fit, Real Food Mom. After seeing this recipe, I started using my bread machine again after sitting in the cupboard for 10 years! Crazy, huh? And it still works great. I also make our pizza dough in it. One of these days I will have to post that recipe. 🙂
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