I am a Pioneer Woman and I have a confession to make about soup recipes. Are you ready? Starting now.
coughs.clears throat.* sings a few scales to warm up.
I have a thing for potato soup.
It shouldn’t be too oily and have no texture.
It shouldn’t be too dry. Potato soup must have a mashed, smooth potato component.
It must be flavorful or I will die a horrible death.
Most importantly ……. It has to be something that makes me close my eyes, sigh, and think that I’m going to be okay until the end of time.
But apart from that, I’m not the least bit picky about potato soup.
Yield : 12 servings
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 20 min.
Total time : 30 minutes
- 6 slices thin bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 whole medium onion, diced
- 3 whole carrots, scrubbed clean and diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 6 whole small russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 8 c. low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 c. milk
- 1/2 c. heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp. salt, more to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tsp. Cajun spice mix
- 1 tsp. minced fresh parsley
- 1 c. grated cheese of your choice
1 – Place bacon pieces in a pan and cook over medium heat until crispy and fat is cooked through. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Pour most of the oil out of the pan without removing it.
2 – Turn the heat of the pan to medium-high and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then add the diced potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes and season with salt, pepper and Cajun spices.
3 – Pour in the broth and bring to a light boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and milk, pour into the soup, and cook for another 5 minutes.
4 – Remove 2/3 from half of the soup and blend in batches in a blender/food processor until completely smooth. (Note: Be careful when blending hot soup in a blender. If possible, allow the soup to cool before putting it in the blender.) Return to the pot and stir well. Taste the dressing and reheat, adding more as needed. Add the cream and stir to combine, reserving a little parsley for garnish.
5 – Place parsley, grated cheese, and crispy bacon slices for garnish in a serving bowl.
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