One of my favorite soups is loaded backed potato soup. It is one of those soups that take a bit of time but the end result is worth every second! On cold fall evenings after the high school football games a group of us kids and our parents would end up at my parents’ friends house and one time they had a big crock pot of this delicious soup. My mom got the recipe and a few years ago I got it from her. We didn’t really need to do anything to tweak it but I do add a bit of garlic to mine.
I actually shared the recipe for the loaded baked potato soup on my blog a few years ago before I really knew what the heck I was doing on this ole blog. Since I made a batch of it last night I decided to give it a little update!
You will need the following ingredients:
- 2 1/2 lbs. white potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 2 small yellow onions (diced)
- 3oz package real bacon bits (I used the Oscar Meyer package found in the salad dressing isle)
- 3 stalks of celery (diced)
- 4-6 tsp. chicken granulated bouillon
- 1 can chicken broth
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 quart milk
- 1 quart water
- 2 sticks margarine
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- cheddar cheese and whatever toppings you like!
- Place peeled and diced potatoes in a pot of water and boil for 10 minutes until tender. Then strain and set aside in a large bowl.
- Saute onion and celery in olive oil until they are translucent and tender. Add to the bowl of boiled potatoes.
- In a large pot add milk, water, salt and pepper, whipping cream, and chicken broth and chicken bouillon. Heat until very hot but do not boil.
- Meanwhile, melt margarine in a sauce pan. Once margarine is melted add flour and mix well. Allow the mixture to bubble while stirring for one minute. (Flour mixture should be like a paste – you may need to add more margarine or flour to get the consistency.)
- Then add half of the flour mixture to the milk and water mixture. Stir constantly. Keep adding the flour mixture and stir until it starts to thicken. Once thickened add in the potatoes, celery and onions and the bacon bits.
- Serve with your favorite baked potato toppings!
Seriously this stuff is AMAZING! I can’t look at another potato soup the same anymore. I even eat the leftovers and I am a leftover snob!
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