Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bacon Potato Soup

I love potato soup. I can remember my mom making it when I was little, it's the ultimate comfort food for me. Sinced then I've updated it by adding bacon and cheese.... so good! I love the bacon potatoe soup at Carino's and have tried to imitate the flavor with this recipe. I love to put croutons on the top... Yum!

Bacon Potato Soup

4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium sized onion, diced
6 strips thick sliced bacon (or more for garnish on top)
chicken broth or water
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk or cream
1 cup grated cheese (extra for garnish)
Salt and pepper to taste
Croutons for garnish
thinly sliced green onions (for garnish)
In a soup pot place potatoes and onion, put in enough chicken broth or water to just barely cover the top of the potatoes. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then turn down heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile:
Cook bacon in a medium sized frying pan. When done remove from pan and drain on paper towel. In the bacon drippings (if there is more than about a 1/4 cup, drain a little off) add the 1/4 cup flour, whisk until the flour is mixed in and it starts to bubble. Then slowly whisk in the milk, stirring constantly while adding. Bring the milk mixture to a boil over medium heat, turn down slightly and continue to stir and cook until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the grated cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
Once the potatoes are tender, stir the milk and cheese mixture into the potatoes (don't drain the water or chicken broth, this mixes with the sauce to make the soup). Taste again to see if you need more salt and pepper. Crumble bacon and stir into soup mixture, (you can reserve a little to toss on top for garnish). Serve in individual bowls with a sprinkle of grated cheese, 4 or 5 croutons on top and a sprinkle of bacon, and some thinly sliced green onion (sometimes I use bacon bits you can buy in a package for a garnish, but you want to have cooked bacon in the soup, the bacon drippings add flavor to the milk mixture)
Serve and enjoy!! Yummo!!

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