Sunday, July 27, 2014

Perfect Potato Soup

from the Pioneer Woman Ingredients 6 slices Thin Bacon, Cut Into 1-inch Pieces 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced 3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced 3 stalks Celery, Diced 6 whole Small Russet Potatoes, Peeled And Diced 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Or Vegetable Broth 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour 1 cup Milk 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste Black Pepper To Taste 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Spice Mix 1 teaspoon Minced Fresh Parsley 1 cup Grated Cheese Of Your Choice Preparation Instructions Add bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Pour off most of the grease, but do not clean the pot. Return the hot to medium-high heat and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or so, then add the diced potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt, pepper, and Cajun spice. Pour in the broth and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes. Remove half to 2/3 the soup and blend in a blender/food process until completely smooth. Pour it back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Let it heat back up as you taste for seasonings, adding more of what it needs. Stir in cream, then stir in parsley, reserving a little for garnish. Serve in bowls garnished with parsley, grated cheese and crisp bacon pieces. **This soup was wonderful! Rob had seconds. I will definitely be making it again. I didn't have cajun spice but I looked up this recipe and I just sprinkled a little of each of the ingredients, leaving out the cayenne and red pepper flakes entirely. Also, i didn't have heavy cream so I substituted with 1 to 3 parts melted butter to milk. (The recipe for a cup of heavy cream is 3/4 C milk mixed with 1/4 C melted butter.) I also left out the celery and didn't really measure spices.