Sunday, December 23, 2012

Simple Rustic Potato Soup

For the past few days, our family has been under-the-weather with a virus. We felt like eating today, so I prepared a time-saving, comforting soup recipe: Simple Rustic Potato soup. It's soothing and nourishing--and quick. The hardest part is microwaving three bags of frozen russet potatoes, and that's not hard, so you can just imagine the ease of this recipe.

Simple Rustic Potato Soup
                                             Serves 8
3 24 oz packages Ore-Ida Steam n Mash Cut Russet Potatoes
1 32-oz box College Inn Chicken Broth
1 or 2 14-oz cans College Inn Chicken Broth
8 strips bacon
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup chopped white (or yellow) onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Cook 1 24-oz package Ore-Ida potatoes in microwave according to directions (ten minutes) and set aside. In a large, non-stick Dutch oven, fry 8 slices of bacon (medium high flame). Crumble bacon and set aside. Add chopped onions and celery to pot and sautee until clear and tender. Add 1 32-oz box chicken broth and cook 10 minutes over medium low flame, stirring now and then. Meanwhile, continue to microwave two remaining packages of frozen potatoes.  Add all three packages of potatoes to Dutch oven. Mash potatoes with a large whisk or metal masher. [I like a rough, "rustic" texture. If you prefer smooth, skip this step and place the cooked potatoes into a Cuisinart or blender, then add to Dutch oven.]
Salt and pepper to taste.
Cook another 10 minutes. At this point, the soup is thick, and I always add one 14-oz can of chicken stock (if you like a thinner soup, add a second can of stock). Stir. Lower the flame and simmer soup for five minutes. Slowly add 1 cup cream and blend thoroughly. Add more salt and pepper, if necessary. Cover pot and remove from flame.
Pour soup into bowls and garnish with crumbled bacon and shredded cheese.

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  1. Sounds and looks so good! Wish I had a bowl of it about now - just trying to decide what is for dinner.
    Get well soon!
    The flu and strep bug hit my daughter's family couple of weeks ago.
    Wishing you and your family a very safe and Merry Christmas!

  2. Potato soup is one of my favs this time of year when something hot and easy works best.


    Hope you are ALL feeling better soon!

  3. Merry Christmas Eve Eve, Michael Lee!

    I hope you all get to feeling better very soon. This soup looks really good and looks like it would be soothing, too.

    Hope Santa is good to you!



  4. I hope you all feel better FAST! Have a very merry and blessed Christmas, Michael lee. XOXO

  5. Soup just seems to do the trick at bringing us back to life after a virus, doesn't it? I hope you're feeling back to normal for tomorrow!

  6. I love potato soup! Glad you're feeling better Michael-Merry Christmas:@)

  7. I would love to dive right into that pretty bowl of soup.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and the best of new years and thank you for hosting Foodie Friday throughout the year.

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!