I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Potato Soup

My family enjoys a potato soup on a chilly day. This recipe is so easy and quick to make.

(plain potato soup)

(loaded potato soup)

POTATO SOUP (serves 6)

*5 strips bacon, diced (optional)
*3 green onions greens, chopped (optional)
*1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
*1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
*1 medium onion, chopped
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (use rice flour for gluten free)
*1 teaspoon salt
*1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
*1 teaspoon dried parsley
*1 teaspoons black pepper
*4 cups chicken stock
*5 large boiled (or baked) potatoes, peeled and mashed
*1 1/2 cups half & half
* dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

~In a large saucepan, cook onion and garlic in olive oil, until tender.
~Stir in flour, salt, parsley, basil & black pepper.
~Mix well, and cook for a minute, careful not to let it burn.
~Gradually add broth.
~Bring to a boil.
~Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
~Add potatoes, cream, and cayenne pepper.
~Heat through, but do not let it boil. Be very careful not to let it scorch.
~Garnish with desired toppings.

-substitute chicken stock with vegetable stock.
-substitute half & half with whole milk.
-substitute olive oil with bacon drippings.
-add a little dried rosemary to flour mixture.

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