Potato Soup Recipe - The Gluten Free Way
Nothing warms the body and soul like a good bowl of soup! Of course there's Campbell's and Progressive but they can't compare to home made. Those of us who are on gluten free diets are especially challenged when it comes to finding a good tasting soup. So all things considered, a nice, home made potato soup can surely fit the bill. There are so many potato recipes but potato soup should be on the top of your list.
The very best start to a good potato soup is pretty obvious...the potato! There are many varieties of potato to choose from. You want to make sure the ones you choose won't get too gummy or gritty. The so-called 'waxy' potatoes are best used in a soup. The 'waxy' potatoes include Round White, Red Potatoes, Red Bliss, and are among the best. However, like everything else there's a 'middle of the road' potato as well. The likes of Yukon Gold, Peruvian Blue, Superior and Kennebec can be used since they are fairly all purpose. Stay away from baking potatoes or Idaho.
Since this is an "adapted" recipe and I don't always measure everything you may have to use your own judgement for how much seasoning you use. I use instant mashed potatoes as a thickener to keep this recipe gluten free. Of course anyone who is lactose intolerant can omit the heavy cream and add more instant mashed potato.
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- 4 - 5 medium sized Potatoes, Round white or Red bliss
- 1 cup or so Instant Mashed Potatoes/flakes, used to thicken soup as necessary
- 1 cup Heavy cream or half n half
- 32 ounces Chicken Broth
- 1 small Yellow onion
- 1 cup + extra cheddar cheese, extra can be used as a topping
- salt & pepper, added as needed
- garlic or garlic powder, optional
- 1 bunch green onions, used for topping when serving
Preparing the SoupClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Pour chicken broth into pot and put over medium heat
- Peel and dice potatoes and onions
- Add potatoes, onion, salt, pepper and garlic to broth (use small amounts of salt & pepper, more can be added later)
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered until potatoes are tender
- Optional step: if you like smooth potato soup now would be the time to mash or blend to make the potatoes smooth...you may also take some potatoes out to mash and leave just a few unmashed
- Add instant potatoes and stir
- Add cheese and cream/half n half and stir until all is heated through
- Add more salt and/or pepper if needed to taste
- Serve topped with chopped green onions and additional cheese to taste and add a salad and nice crusty bread for a complete meal
Finishing your soupClick thumbnail to view full-size
Enjoy! Any variation of this basic recipe will be just as good. Of course you can buy a soup mix, but its just not the same
Using this recipe, you can add bacon or ham if you like the taste of "meat and potatoes", some people add vegetables like corn or sliced mushrooms. You can omit the cheese if you prefer the pure potato taste. Its entirely up to you, but no matter how you cook it, potato soup is a nice dish that will stick to your ribs and this recipe is tops!
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