Potato Soup for Recipe Friday
It’s still technically summer, but the days are getting cooler, and the nights even more so. Fall is quickly approaching and so I have soup on the brain (and soon in my stomach!)
This Potato Soup recipe is one I adapted from several others in various cookbooks I have. Potato is my favorite soup, especially if it has bacon in it. If you are vegetarian, I suppose you could make this without the bacon, but it won’t be as tasty! With some biscuits or toasted bread on the side, this soup can make a whole meal. But be warned, it is not low-fat or low starch!
4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cans chicken broth
1 can water
½ large sweet onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2-3 tbsps corn starch
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp summer savory
½ tsp onion powder
Salt and pepper
Combine broth, water, potatoes, salt and pepper in a 4 quart stock pot. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender. Remove ½ of potatoes from broth and reserve. Continue to boil remaining potatoes for a few minutes, then break them up in the broth with a potato masher.
In a small sauce pan, sauté onion, celery, and bacon in olive oil. (Note: I used the pre-cooked microwavable bacon, but regular bacon would work with a bit less olive oil.) Add marjoram, savory, and onion powder. Cook until vegetables are tender and bacon is crisp. Add 2 tbsps corn starch and blend. Add heavy whipping cream and allow to thicken a few minutes, stirring often.
Add creamed mixture to potato and chicken stock, and allow to boil a few minutes. If a thicker soup is desired, mix 1 additional tbsp of corn starch with a small amount of cold water and stir mixture into soup. Return reserved potatoes to soup and stir gently. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with French fried onions and grated cheese on top, if desired.
As a man, I can officially affirm the statement “if you put bacon in it, men will eat it.” My wife said she will make this one soon. And I will eat any left-over bacon. 🙂
Okay, now I’m laughing!! Thanks, Ben, for the affirmation. I know my husband loves this soup, and he’s not usually one to like soup as a main dish, but this one suffices. Peace, Linda
Linda . . .you are making me want to cook. And that’s a good thing. 🙂 I make potato soup, but it is not nearly as elaborate as this. Now, the question is, will my husband eat it if I change the recipe? hmmmmm . . .food for thought! God bless you and thank you for helping me, in my walk with Jesus and in the kitchen! deb
Deb, My experience is that if you put bacon in it, men will eat it! 🙂 Let me know how he likes it if you decide to try it. Peace, Linda
Now I’m laughing! 🙂 Will let you know!
Deb, Glad I could make you laugh! It’s good for the soul, you know. The platypus and my son are perfect examples that God has a sense of humor and wants us to laugh sometimes. 🙂 Peace, Linda