There isn’t much to say about baked potato soup. Sometimes it just hits the spot. It doesn’t hurt that it is made from some pretty basic pantry ingredients, and that it conforms well to on-the-fly adaptation. If you’re pregnant, though, watch out: I had a bowl of leftover soup for lunch the other day, and it was so filling that afterward I felt like my lungs were crushing my stomach every time I took a breath.
Baked Potato Soup
12 red potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1/4 C unsalted butter
1/2 C yellow onion, chopped
1/2 C all-purpose flour
4 C 1% reduced-fat milk
2 C organic chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 C sour cream
Shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, for garnish
About 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Chopped green onions, optional
Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake in the microwave (I used the baked potato setting on mine) until tender. Cool. Rice potatoes; discard or coarsely chop skins (if you want to include some of them). You can also coarsely chop a few of the potatoes instead of ricing if you want a chunkier soup.
Melt butter in a large Dutch oven; saute onions until tender and translucent. Stir in flour and cook for a minute or two; gradually add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add riced potatoes and skins, and salt and pepper. Stir in sour cream and cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary (it may need more salt). Sprinkle each serving with cheese, bacon and green onions. This would also be good with more veggies added to it.
Source: Adapted from Cooking Light.