Sometimes being thrifty actually makes me a tad bit wasteful…. I can’t resist what I think is a sale. Keyword is think…
For an entirely different recipe I needed an Idaho potato. Well in the store one potato was like $1.20 but a whole bag was like $3.50. An entire bag… I could make baked potatoes, french fries, hashbrowns… The opportunities were endless!
Yeah I never made any of that…
The only reason these potatoes actually got used is because it was snowing and I didn’t want to go to the store. I was determined to use what we had in the house. This is the story of how we made loaded potato soup.
You ever luck up on something so good you wonder why you don’t make it more often? This is that recipe… this isn’t getting filed under healthy either. It’s sinfully good and fatty, my two favorite combinations.
Loaded Potato Soup
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 1 cup yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk, or more, as needed
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
- Sweat onion in bacon grease until translucent, about 4-5 minutes
- Add potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes
- Sprinkle flour over potatoes, toss until all potatoes are covered.
- Add in milk, cream and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper, to taste. If the soup is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached. If you want a really smooth soup then transfer to a blender or use a hand blender to break up the big chunks. If you prefer a chunky soup then you can use a potato masher for some pieces while leaving the other whole.
- Serve immediately, garnished with green onion, cheese and bacon, if desired.
Don’t be like me and buy things that you don’t really need. But if you find yourself with too many potatoes.. make this recipe and let me know how it turns out!