Monday, January 23, 2012

Creamy Potato Soup

Several potato soup recipes have come across my path in the past few months, and they each contained cream cheese.  Not something I would have ever thought to put into soup, but I figured I would give it a try.  So, yesterday I made up my own version.  I love that this soup doesn't require any milk!  Milk is so expensive, and I've tried to cut back on it in our family over the past few weeks, but I still feel like we go through it super fast.  A lot of creamy soups call for milk, but this one turned out great without it and I'm thrilled!



Another thing I like about this soup is that I didn't peel the potatoes.  And, no, they weren't red potatoes.  All they needed was a good scrubbing, and they were good to go in the pot!  Did you know that most of the nutrients in a potato are found between the skin and the actual potato?  The very part we normally discard!  So, not only are you getting a yummy bowl of soup with this recipe, you're also benefiting from the natural nutrients of a potato.



Serve this with a warm, buttered slice of homemade bread and your tummy will be happy.

Creamy Potato Soup


3 tablespoons margarine, or butter
1/2 cup diced onion
3 tablespoons flour
6 cups chicken broth
2.5 lbs. white potatoes, scrubbed and chopped {use less if you want more cream than chunk to your soup}
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
shredded cheddar cheese, optional
cooked diced bacon, optional

In a large pot, melt butter.  Add diced onions and cook over medium-high heat until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.  Stir in flour until smooth.  Add chicken broth and stir for about 10 minutes.  The soup won't thicken a ton, but it will thicken slightly.  Carefully dump in the potatoes and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes, on medium-low heat.  Add marjoram, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in the cream cheese and continue stirring until heated through.  Garnish bowls of soup with shredded cheese and bacon.  {Chives would also be delicious}


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8 comments:

  1. Oh my word... this looks amazing! I think I shall be trying this very soon. :)

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  2. yumm I was thinking broccoli cheese soup today, but I'm wondering if this would be better on such a cold day!

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  3. This looks so good! I agree - soups that call for milk use up so much of our milk! I'm going to have some extra cream cheese this week leftover so I might try this soup!

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  4. This looks super yummy! I always have trouble making the perfect potato soup!

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  5. Your soup looks so yummy and I like that it was made with chicken stock! I wonder if powdered milk would be a good substitute for milk in a potato soup recipe? It might, and it would be a little cheaper than regular milk. Blessings from Bama!,

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  6. Lovely post.
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  7. Made this tonight... it was every bit as good as it looks in the picture!!! I will be making this again. My Lauren said, "Mommy, when I grow up and I'm a mommy, will you give me the recipe for this soup?" ;)

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  8. made this tonight and all 4 kids loved it! finally a soup they will all eat!

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