Loaded Potato Soup

It hasn’t really got cool enough yet for this soup in central Florida, in fact we were at a local waterpark over the weekend to celebrate my son’s birthday. We started off the day at Monkey Joe’s, a place filled with bounce houses. At the waterpark, he begged to go on a big slide, and we reluctantly took him on one. I came down the slide right after my husband and my son. I was even a little scared, and just new I would find my son crying at the bottom of the slide. To my surprise, he didn’t scream or cry, he was just got really quiet, and then said he was tired and wanted to go home and play with toys.

He hasn’t stopped talking about the big slide yet, and he wasn’t nearly as proud of himself as I was of him for trying out the new big scary slide. Despite the warm temperatures, I couldn’t resist having this classic comfort food. It is so rich and creamy, and is one of our family’s favorites.

This recipe was developed for Babble’s Family Kitchen.

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Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients:

1/3 lb bacon, chopped
6 medium Idaho potatoes, diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, or 1/2 stick
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
potato flakes (if needed for added thickening)

Toppings:
grated cheddar cheese
freshly chopped parsley
sliced spring onions

Directions:

1. Add bacon to a large soup pot and cook until it has rendered it’s fat. Remove and set aside. Then add onions and garlic to bacon fat. Cook until onions start to become translucent and then add butter. Let butter melt and then whisk in flour. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil while scrapping the bottom of the pan. Add milk, potatoes and white pepper. Bring back to a boil and make sure to stir constantly to avoid lumps.

2. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are very tender, stirring from the bottom every few minutes. After potatoes are done, if your soup is too thick, add more stock or milk. If it is too thin, add potato flakes, a few tablespoons at a time, until you get your desired consistency. Wait about 2 minutes in between adding potato flakes to see what the consistency will be before adding more flakes.

3. When soup is done, remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Serve soup topped with crisp bacon, freshly grated cheddar cheese, freshly chopped parsley and chopped green onions.

8 Responses to “Loaded Potato Soup”

  1. 1
    Julie M. — October 25, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    I love loaded baked potato soup! Yours looks delicious! What a brave little boy you have! I’m not even sure I’d go down the big slide!

  2. 2
    Eversave Orlando — October 25, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Looks delish! RT @eclecticrecipes: Loaded Potato Soup: It hasn’t really got cool enough yet for this soup…http://bit.ly/ahm89c

  3. 3
    Monet — October 26, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    Yay for your little guy! It must be so amazing to watch your children tackle new challenges. I can only imagine how proud you all must have been. I adore baked potato soup, and I could eat it winter, summer, spring and fall! Thank you for sharing your story and your recipe!

  4. 4
    redkathy — October 26, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    Jez Angie, we are on the same page. I was just telling my dad how I was craving a creamy, cheese bowl of potato soup! Maybe it’s the yearning for real fall weather that has us on this track!

  5. 5
    Harriet — October 27, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    It looks amazing! Its definatley cold enough now where I am to make a soup like this! I like reading your blogs because they give me so many ideas for what to cook, even if I don’t get much time to try them out!

  6. 6
    grace — October 28, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    i greatly prefer a bowl of this to a real loaded baked potato–the mess factor isn’t even comparable!

  7. 7
    Matt Kay — October 31, 2010 @ 1:39 am

    I have a friend that was asking about a potato soup recipe. I’m sending her here. I’ll have to try this one myself. I love the sour cream. Perfect!

  8. 8
    Lori — November 11, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    Trying this for dinner tonight: http://tinyurl.com/2blawq7 @EclecticRecipes

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