Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Becca's Baked Potato Soup


So with all of this rain in DC yesterday I was craving a big bowl of soup, a blanket and some good TV. Thankfully my roommate, BW was thinking the same thing and made a big pot of soup. It was so good I had to share it with y'all. 



Ingredients
1 package of bacon - hickory cured bacon is the best, and has no nitrates or nitrites
3/4 yellow or Vidalia onion, chopped or sliced 
3-4 Yukon gold potatoes depending on size, chopped into pieces a little smaller than a square inch
2-3 cups of milk, cream or half and half
4-5 tbsp corn starch
Salt and pepper to taste
*Sharp cheddar
*Scallions
*Crumbled bacon leftover from soup

*garnish 

Directions
1.     Cook the full package of bacon, 3-4 small batches at a time, in the bottom of a medium-large soup pot (preferably a cast iron dutch oven). When the bacon’s crispy, set aside on paper towels. Do not drain the grease.
2.    Sauté the onion in the bacon fat for 10-15 mins until soft. Meanwhile, salt and pepper the chopped potatoes that are waiting to go into the pot.
3.    Add the potatoes to the pot and stir so the bacon fat coats the potatoes.
4.    Add 6-8 cups of water and roughly ¼ cup of salt and about ½ tbsp of pepper to taste.  Bring to a rolling boil until potatoes are soft and then turn down to simmer.
5.    In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of milk, cream or half and half with 4-5 tbsp of cornstarch and whisk until the corn starch is dissolved. Stir this mixture in slowly, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly and checking the consistency as you go, until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
6.    Ladle into a bowl and add shredded cheddar, chopped scallions and chopped bacon. 



This is soooooo good. The only thing that could make this better is a nice bread bowl (next time). Not exactly healthy, but this cool rainy weather allows for exceptions to the rule. 

Thanks BW!

15 comments:

Dee {Strings and Buttons} said...

Oh my lord that looks heavenly!

Betsy said...

I KNEW there was bacon in there! makes everything better :) yum!

Sunkissed and Southern said...

yum. your pictures are great and are making me hungry!

Whitney H said...

I love baked potato soup! I prefer mine to be creamy vs. water/broth based though. I actually blogged about it a while back! http://observantturtletaketwo.blogspot.com/2012/07/cooking-for-two-loaded-potato-soup.html

Johlet said...

Yummy!

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xxx

Gloria said...

I absolutely love baked potato soup - yum!!

Shannon Page said...

Ohhhhh my goodness - this look delicious!!

Allyssa said...

Yum! I love potato soups. I can't wait to try this one!

Jen said...

I love baked potato soup!!

Niki Caron said...

This sounds so perfect right now in the cold, rainy weather we're having!

Nicole said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm always looking for new soup recipes. Looks delightful!

his little lady said...

Oh my scrumptious! This looks absolutely delicious!
xo TJ

E said...

This sounds delicious! I've always wanted to make potato soup!

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

Looks delish! I love soup this time of year!

Emily | Recently said...

Oh my gooodness gracious,this looks amazing. Definitely trying!

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