Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tasty Potato Soup

School has started and fall is right around the corner! There's no better time than to start looking through my soup recipes and gearing up for those chilly nights by the fire!  Here is an easy one that my pastor's wife is famous for making.  It is one of the best I've had and it's a hit with my family!!!

Potato Soup

2 1/2 lbs. baby red potatoes, quartered                             4 c. water
1/2 lb. bacon, diced                                                           1 tsp. pepper
1 jumbo yellow onion, diced (any kind would work)          1 1/2 sticks butter
1/4 bunch celery, diced                                                      3 /4 c. flour
1/4 c. chicken base                                                            1 c. whipping cream                                
4 c. milk                                                                             Toppings (optional): fried bacon, cheese and
                                                                                                  green onions

Boil potatoes for 10 minutes, drain and set aside.  (I actually "boil" mine in the microwave for 15-20 minutes.)  In a large pot, saute bacon, onions, and celery over medium-high heat until celery is tender. Drain bacon grease and return bacon, onions and celery to pot.  Add milk, water, chicken base and pepper.  Heat stove to medium-high heat until very hot.  Do not boil.  In a large saucepan, melt butter and add flour.  Mix well; allow to bubble, stirring for 1 minute.  While constantly stirring the soup, slowly add the flour mixture. Continue stirring until thick and creamy.  Stir in potatoes and cream. Top with bacon, cheese, or green onions.

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