With a hurricane looming in the Caribbean, it felt like a good night for some comfort food. Potato soup is one of my favorite heavy soups, but I wanted something without the heavy whipping cream (a slightly lactose intolerant person lives here, and I didn’t want to overload the soup with cream cheese AND dynamite). I was greatly pleased with this find on Hannah Holzmann’s board, which she originally pinned from her own blog, It’s What’s For Dinner.
5 lbs russet potatoes, diced, NOT peeled
5 tablespoons TS garlic garlic1 large yellow onion, chopped
64 ounces chicken broth or stock
16 ounces cream cheese
bacon, sour cream, chives or shredded cheese for garnish
I used 3lbs (even though we were expecting 2 more for dinner, 5 just seemed like an overhaul of potatoes), 3 tablespoons of minced garlic, 32 ounces chicken broth (Great Value, sodium free), 8 ounces of cream cheese, 5 strips of bacon and the leftover Monterrey jack cheese from the Alice Springs chicken. For the most part, I cut the recipe in half and added my own flare of onion flakes, ground pepper, and a pinch of Lowry’s seasoning salt.
I got up early this morning, chopped the potatoes into dice-sized bits, and combined with the chicken broth and seasonings in the crockpot on low. I left it on low all day while we were at work (Murphy kept an eye on it all day, I’m sure). When we got home, I pulled out my blender. It says to use a food processor, but all I have is a Magic Bullet, and that just wasn’t happening. I chopped the cream cheese block in half, threw it in the blender with half of the soup:
(Yes, it’s supposed to look that yucky. It gets better). Once I’d blended half, I added the other half of the block and the rest of the soup, then poured it back into the crockpot for easy serving purposes.
Taste: 5/5 (needed a little extra pepper)
Ease of preparation: 4/5
Ease of cleanup: 2/5 (that crockpot took forever to get clean again)
Availability of ingredients: 5/5
This is definitely an easy, and if you’re a smart shopper, healthy recipe for a delicious pot of potato soup.