Monday, February 28, 2011

Baked Potato Soup

Another soup!  I am on a roll.  I made baked potatoes the other night when we had baked BBQ chicken so I made some extras with this soup in mind.  My husband said it stole the show for him.  My daughter ate at a friends birthday party but managed to eat an entire bowl of this no problem.

It is a delicious soup.  Not really for those watching their waistline.... but so good!  Major comfort food here.  It is like a baked potato in a bowl.  This will warm you up on a cold day and definitely will fill your belly. 

from the kitchen of my cousin Michelle

  • 1 stick and 2 Tbsp. butter (about 2/3 cup)
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 4 baked potatoes peeled and mashed chunky
  • 6 cups milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups light sour cream (I used half nonfat greek yogurt)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus some for garnish
  • 4 scallions chopped
  • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled

Cook bacon until very crispy (I used turkey bacon and cook in the microwave for about 1.5-2 min on paper towel lined paper plate).  Crumble and set aside.  Bake potato until done and peel (no big deal if few peels left behind).  Mash up, leaving some a bit chunky.

In large stock pot, melt butter and mix in flour to make roux.  Whisk and cook for 1 minute and slowly add milk, whisking until smooth.  Cook for about 15 min. over med heat, whisking so it doesn't burn.  It will get thick.  Season with salt and pepper and mix in potatoes, cheese, and sour cream.  Reduce heat to med. low.  Do not let boil.  If it gets too thick, you can thin it out with some more milk or chicken broth.
Heat for another few minutes until warm through and serve.  Garnish with the scallions, bacon and cheese.

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