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Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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Last night was one of those nights that I found myself standing in the kitchen at about 6:15 thinking, “We should probably eat something for dinner.”

It was bad enough that I really didn’t know what i was going to make, but I also realized that I’d talked myself out of going to the grocery over the weekend. I’m not sure what that was about, but there must have been some “logical” reason.

So, seeing as my family is weird about wanting dinner every night, something had to be done.

Pickings were slim in the pantry until I found a bag of small baking potatoes.  They were perfectly good, but just not big enough to make a satisfying baked potato. I think I had purchased them for mashed potatoes at some point.

A while back, I had made Loaded Baked Potato Soup, but it was kind of complicated and I wasn’t in the mood. I remembered reading somewhere about an “easy” version, so I proceeded as best I could with what I had around, and it went something like this (your results may vary, this is what i did and I thought you might like it):

Easy Loaded Potato Soup

2-ish lbs. of baking potatoes, cubed
1 can (14-1/2 oz.)  chicken broth
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (save some for garnish)
Bacon bits from real bacon (as opposed to those hard crunchy things that go on salad)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Sour cream

Directions:

Microwave potatoes in large bowl for about 15 minutes, (or until they’re soft), stir occasionally.
Lightly mash potatoes and stir in broth, bacon (save some!) salt and pepper
Stir in cheese

Add milk gradually until the soup is the desired consistency.
Garnish with saved bacon, cheese and sour cream.

It wasn’t quite as yellow as this picture looks:

Now that I look at it written down, it looks a lot liked mashed potatoes, but you can eat them with a spoon, so it’s soup! Any way you look at it, it was pretty good!

Do you have a potato soup recipe you like?



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  • Actually, this sounds (and looks) really good. Evidenced by my mouth watering, at the moment. I’ll have to try it. My mom makes a bangin’ cauliflower and potato soup. No milk, she boils a smoked ham hock in water. Then, adds carrots, celery, potatoes, paprika (of course) and cauliflower, maybe some elbow noodles (if she feels like it) so good!

    Liz  |  January 25th, 2012 at 9:28 am

  • I’ve got a great potato soup recipe, but it’s more involved than this; it involves sauteeing onions and carrots, then adding more butter and flour, then half and half, then parsley, seasoned salt, chicken boullion cubes, a little pepper, then potatoes, half of which you mashed and half you leave in cubes. (That’s what the recipe says to do, I just dump them all in and use my immersion stick blender to smooth it all out). It’s always a big hit.

    Ami  |  February 6th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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