Friday, January 17, 2014

Fun Food Friday- Baked Potato Soup

It is definitely soup season here (although I really love soup any time of the year :)).  This is one of my favorite soups and it's very easy to make and is a great soup to bring to someone else (every time I send this soup along with Steve when he visits someone who's sick or had surgery or a baby, they always say Potato is their favorite soup).  I have also made it with left over mashed potatoes or even cheesy hash brown casserole and it tastes wonderful with those too.  Another great thing about this soup is it's easy to make a little or a lot, depending on how much you need (when I made this batch of soup I made a lot- some for us, some for a family that just had a baby- which is why there are a lot of potatoes and butter and ... :), but for the recipe below I'll put a more scaled down version :)).  So if you have a hankering for some soup tonight, I definitely recommend this one!  Enjoy!
Ingredients: Baked Potatoes, Butter, Milk, Flour, Sour Cream, Bacon, Cheese, Green Onion, Salt & Pepper

For this soup you use baked potatoes (scrub the potatoes, spear them and then bake at 400 degrees for an hour).  Let the potatoes cool for a few minutes so you can easily handled them.  Then just split them in half...

And dig out the inside (I find it easiest to use a cookie scoop to get it out)

Smash up the potatoes

In a big pot melt butter...

When butter is melted sprinkle in some flour

Mix together and boil for 1 minute

Add milk.  Stir constantly until it comes to a boil

In the meantime dices up some green onion...

And bacon

Once the milk comes to a boil it will thicken up

Then you add in the smashed potatoes

And mash them into the milk mixture

Add some salt...

And pepper...

And sour cream...

And shredded cheese (I used Colby Jack but you can use whatever you prefer)

Mix it all around until the cheese melts and is blended in

Then add the green onion and bacon

Mix together and allow to heat for a few more minutes
And there you have it, delicious, creamy potato soup

Micah is a hug fan of baked potato soup :)

Baked Potato Soup
4 baked potatoes
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups milk
salt & pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I use Colby Jack but you can use whatever you prefer)
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 green onions, chopped and divided
1 cup sour cream

Cut potatoes in half and scoop out pulp, mash the pulp together.  In a large pot melt butter over low heat.  Add flour, stir and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Gradually add milk, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly.  Stir in potatoes and mash together with milk mixture.  Add salt, pepper, sour cream and cheese, mix until cheese is melted.  Add bacon and onion, stir to combine.  Heat for a few more minutes.  Enjoy!

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