Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

I loved going out to dinner when I was a kid. We ate at home mostly, so it was only for a special occasion. If we went to a steak house I looked forward to getting a baked potato with my dinner. My Mom made baked potatoes but it was different when we ate out. It would come to the table wrapped in foil and all puffed up in the middle. They also had so many toppings you could get. Choices included sour cream, butter, chives, bacon, cheese.  At home, normally Mom would only have butter and sour cream. This soup starts off as a cream of potato soup and then combines many of the toppings you might have on a baked potato. It feels just like those baked potatoes at the steakhouse.

Baked Potato Soup

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

4- 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

4-5 cups chicken stock

1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley

2 c. half and half

3 T. flour

salt and pepper to taste


Sour cream

chopped green onions or chives

 shredded cheese

extra bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

In soup pot combine bacon and onion and cook over medium heat until bacon is cooked and onion is tender. Add potatoes and stock and simmer, covered , until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add parsley and most of the half and half. Reserve a couple of tablespoons of the half and half and combine with the flour and stir until smooth. Ladle a little of the warm soup into the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.  Add the flour mixture to the rest of the soup and stir until smooth. Cook until soup is thickened and bubbly. Adjust seasonings and serve. Add toppings of your choice at the table. Makes 4 servings.

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