Monday, November 08, 2010

-- "The Works" Potato Soup --

Lucas and I have been trying to make a habit of eating more at home over the past year.  During the summer it was quite easy because Lucas is an ace BBQ-er but more recently, with fall arriving (and feeling more like winter) we've been having difficulty figuring out menu ideas.

To this end, we've adopted a goal of eating soup at least once per week and usually on the weekends.

Toward this goal, we decided to try a potato/onion/bacon/cheese soup this week.  I found this recipe via the Rachael Ray Show and made some changes based on what I had on hand (didn't have an fresh bacon, or thyme, or paprika).

This is what I ended up with:

1 - Saute:
         bottom half of 3 leeks - washed and chopped thinly
         3 to 4 grated cloves of garlic
         2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 - When leeks are limp add:
         a small handful of parsley
         a small handful of chili powder and
         fresh pepper

         1 1/2 quarts of low-sodium chicken broth (1 1/2 boxes)
         6 or 8 medium to large potatos
         * (I also tossed in a handful of real bacon pieces when potatos were close to being done)

3 - Allow to boil gently until potatos are soft (this took mine about 15-20 minutes)

4 - Blend mixture in batches - Serve immediately.

Its also really tasty to add garnishes of cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, bacon pieces and sour cream.

I forgot to take a picture while this was steaming hot - but here's a pic of a leftover bowl that's all ready for Lucas's lunch :)


Littlec said...

That looks great! Tiago and I also make soup once a week. I have a soup book and we choose a different one every week. We went out for two meals last week (one dinner and one brunch) and the cost of those meals totaled our grocery bill for the week. Eating at home makes sense and can be delicious too.

Keep On S'myelin! said...

Mmmm, looks good! I love soup, espeically with the cold weather rolling in.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This sounds so yummy. I'd really like to try it. Ryan is not a "soup person" (how that's possible is beyond me). So, I usually stick with chilis and stews. But, he'll try anything once, so perhaps this should be next on the list.

Lucky Girl said...

Kim - I totally understand the 'not-a-soup-person' thing. In fact, I wouldn't describe myself that way either, but these pureed soups seem to work for me since I'm more of a picky-eater with respect to texture.

Lovin That! said...

Looks great!!

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Kell said...

Oh Yum, that looks good, Friend! I'm a big fan of the pureed soups too. Did you try freezing this one at all?

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