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Creamy Potato Soup, Easy Comfort Food

Updated on November 3, 2012
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I love quick, easy, simple food especially when it gets me in and out of the kitchen in less than 30 minutes with dinner on the table within 45 minutes from getting home.

The other reason i love quick and easy is because more often than not they don't call for more than maybe 6 or 7 ingredients, which i usually have on hand in my fridge, pantry or cupboards.

Versatility and ease makes it worthwhile to me spending time in the kitchen especially on the days i don't particularly want to be slaving over the stove.

Children are typically easy to satisfy. I always tell my story about making sure i keep milk, and cereal in my house because, if the kids refuse to eat what i have prepared for dinner, they still have something to eat.

I don't believe in arguing the point. Children like adults will eat when they are hungry and they are willing to try things if they are encouraged to do so!

I digress...

Potato soup, creamy potato soup. Let's just say i love any creamy soup, any cream based anything is what i gravitate to, yes i know it is fattier than broth based soups, which i also like but if and when i make choices, i reach for creamy first.

But to get really good creamy potato soup, it doesn't take a whole lot of base ingredients. Once you have a dependable recipe, making additions is quite simple.

Variations are always based on what you like with your potato.

  • cheese
  • bacon
  • shrimp
  • chicken
  • pork
  • green veges, leeks
  • herbs, chives

Homemade is always better than store bought or prepackaged because you can control the salt content, so that is always good.

Basic recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 to 5 lg white potatoes, a combination of russet and yukon is good
  • 2 cups heavy cream or whole milk
  • 1/2 chopped onions or leeks
  • 1 garlic clove mashed minced
  • 4 to 6 tbsp butter
  • 4 to 6 cups water (enough to cover potatoes) or chicken stock
  • salt optional

You will need a

  • large pot
  • saucepan
  • cooking utensils

Putting it together

  1. Boil potatoes til soft in salted water or stock, it is your choice
  2. Saute onions or leeks, garlic until sweated or transparent in butter or bacon grease, if you want you can bake the garlic drizzled with olive oil to make a mild paste
  3. Add everything together plus the cream
  4. Salt to taste if adding

Let everything come to a boil then lower to a simmer, do not over stir, Eat when ready...

Optional, mash some of the potatoes to thicken the soup.

Potato soup is comforting but especially in cool or cold weather, but like most comfort foods it's cold at anytime. The simpler the better, which makes it all the more versatile and complimentary to any taste or group.

Lots of butter also makes it better! Enjoy...

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