Sunday, November 15, 2009

Best Potato Soup Ever!

I have had the best of intentions to post this recipe for several weeks and am just now getting around to it! My ministry friend, Mandy, asked me to share the recipe...so, Mandy this is especially for you :)

This potato soup is soooooo delicious, and the best thing in the world on a cold and dreary day. It's a thick kind of soup, so it's very hearty and filling....Brad loves it. As with the majority of my recipes, it's a culmination of several different recipes that I "Hayley-nized" to make my own.

The amount that this recipe makes is enough for 4, which means Brad and I have enough for supper and leftovers for lunch the next day! You can easily double or triple for however many you are cooking for!

Hope y'all enjoy!

Potato Soup

4 potatoes - baked, peeled, and cut up in bite-size chunks (yes, you could boil your potatoes, but MUCH tastier if they are baked!!)
1 small onion, chopped
6 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
3-4 cups milk (whole milk is best, but whatever you have on hand)
1 cup water
2 chicken Bouillion cubes
4 ounces Velveeta cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled bacon - (Oscar Mayer "Real Bacon Pieces" is my best friend for stuff like this!! But, of course you can prepare your own bacon and crumble)

Saute chopped onion in 3 tablespoons butter until onion is soft. Set aside. Make a rue by melting remaining 3 tablespoons butter on medium-high heat; add flour, and constantly stir while cooking for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in 3 cups of milk. Let rue cook until milk becomes noticeably thicker - STIR CONSTANTLY or it will stick!! If it becomes too thick, add another cup of milk. Add sauteed onions, and all other ingredients, except for crumbled bacon. Let simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. Stir in crumbled bacon before serving.

Now, you could just stop there, and it would be a really good soup. BUT....if you want to make a good soup a great soup, have these toppings available to top it off:

Grated Cheddar Cheese
Crumbled Bacon
Chopped Green Onion Tops
Sour Cream
Chopped Chives

Yummy...makes me want a bowl just typing the recipe! Let me know if you make some, and how it turns out!!

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