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Friday, September 9, 2011

loaded potato soup {recipe}

The last few days in Alabama have been ahhh-mazing. 
Highs in the 70's, a slight breeze, leaves beginning to fall from the trees. I love the anticipation of fall. Football season has begun and I wore jeans and a sweater the other day!

I'm pretty excited that I can now {without feeling completely crazy} get back to making some of my favorite recipes ... soups!

In the midst of the crisp air and perfect temps, I whipped up this recipe. So so yummy!!



Ingredients:

 - 2/3 cup of butter
 - 2/3 cup of flour
   - 7 cups of milk
  - 4-5 large baking potatoes
 - 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  - 12 ounces of bacon
  - 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  - 1 cup of sour cream
  - 3/4 tsp of salt
 - 1/2 tsp pepper
 - 1 tsp garlic powder 


I know the list may sound like a lot, but when you really look at it, you probably have most of these things in your kitchen already. I only had to buy the potatoes, green onions, and bacon. 
Speaking of bacon, instead of actually cooking and crumbling bacon for this, I bought the Oscar Meyer Real Bacon Bits. It's near the salad dressing and essentially is an itty bitty bag of real cooked bacon already crumbled up for you. Perfect!

Also, this recipe is picture heavy. That's because I'm ridiculously over thorough {sorry}. You're really just mixing all of these ingredients in a large pot. Seriously. A caveman could do it.


First, cut up your potatoes into smaller pieces. Instead of taking forever to bake these, I boiled them on the stove for about 15 minutes. Then I set them aside while I mixed the other ingredients. 




Grab a large pot and melt your butter. Add the flour and whisk until it's smooth.




Add milk, one cup at a time and whisk while adding. Yup, it's going to look really thin afterwards. 
But don't fret!




Remember those cooked potatoes? Well odds are, they aren't in small enough pieces for the soup yet. Grab your potato masher and give them a quick once over. Not to much though! We're not making mashed potatoes here - lumps are your friend!




Add your potatoes and green onions {thinly sliced} to the soup and bring the pot to a boil. 
Once it's boiling, reduce to a simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Be stirring continuously.
Next add your cheese, bacon, and sour cream. Mix until the cheese has melted.
And finally add your salt, pepper and garlic powder. 

Mix it up for the finished product!




I like to serve mine up with an extra little dab of sour cream, bacon and cheese on top.




This is obviously a nice big batch of soup. If you don't serve it all in one sitting, I'd recommend adding a tablespoon of water to it when heating it up to thin it out a bit. The reheat heated soup is just as delicious!!
Enjoy!!

29 comments:

  1. Could this be done in a crock pot?

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  2. I don't see why not? I've never tried it but it seems like it would work too. Let me know! I love a good crock pot recipe!

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  3. Wow! I made this soup this evening! It was a recipe exactly like yours except it didn't have the garlic in it....I will have to try the garlic next time I made it but it is an awesome recipe! My hubby loved it!

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  4. I am going to make this! But, an easy way to do the bacon would be to cut it into long strips with kitchen scissors, then cut across the strips to dice. Put a couple of layers of paper towel on a plate, spread the bacon pieces on top and cover with more paper towel. Microwave for 3 or 4 minutes. Check progress, then micro/check in 1 or 2 minute increments until done as you like it!

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  5. Only hillbilly's cook in a crook pot. I made this on my stove and it was delicious! I am making another batch and taking it to my daughter in Flagstaff Arizona!

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  6. Easy way to do your own bacon bits- Put the package of bacon in the freezer just until it is cold- not frozen- put the whole slab on a cutting board and cut into 1/2" strips (cut across the slices). Put the bacon in the slillet to cook and it will come apart on it's own and brown into crispy yummy bacon bits. If too much grease gathers in the pan as your cooking skim it off- it will cook better if not swimming.

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  7. I disagree with Mr. Atwell's comment. Very busy moms also utilize their crock pots quite a bit. This recipe however, seems simple enough to cook on a stove.

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  8. about how many servings would you say this makes?

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  9. Instead of making a roux, I use canned evaporated milk. Delish

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  10. Mr. Atwell, simple or not...your comment is unnecessary. Just simply rude!

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  11. I used jalapeño cream cheese instead of cheddar. Delectable!!!

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  12. I made this last night and it was amazing! Going to try to tweet it.

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  13. can you use red potatoes instead? Thats what I have...I'm going to make it this week!

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  14. Mr. Atwell's stereotype that only hillbillys use crock pots is about like me saying only gay men would use pinterest.

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  15. Red potatoes? Why not? Should taste the same.

    Though I almost never use mine, I love a good crock pot recipe... :)

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  16. Found your recipe on Pinterest! Just made this tonight and it is so YUMMY!! Both my boys (9 & 7) loved it - my oldest said it was better than Bob Evans' loaded potato soup!! Thanks so much!

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  17. Wow I made this today and it was amazing! I sauteed half of a chopped white onion with my bacon and let them brown together and added it at the very end.

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  18. If that is his opinion then I'm proud to be a hillbilly! I lovvve my crockpot!!

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  19. red potatoes are sweeterand i think make in soups

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  20. Have been making this soup forever, found the recipe on a post card and it was called Idaho Baked Potato Soup. I love to serve it in bread bowl's.

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  21. would be good with frozen corn added also. yummy!

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  22. YUMMY!!! I think we are going to have it over biscuits and eggs in the morning.

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  23. Found on Pinterest and adapted it to be Gluten Free. Very good. Thank you.

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  24. Just need to jump on here and say this recepie is heavy on the milk .. you could cut that in half.. I used 5 cups, and it was still more of a milk taste than anything else .. and also, do you not like seasoning??? Try 3T of salt, 1T pepper and 2T garlic powder...

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  25. Hi my name is Teresa. I am a Hillbilly. I am addicted to my crockpot.Thanks for the recipe, it turned out great and was delicious! I will be attending the next meeting of CHA.(Crockpot Hillbilly Anonymous)

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  26. I think Mr. Atwell was just making a joke. My kids think I'm a hillbilly 'cause I call them to "supper," not "dinner." I love being a hillbilly if it means I can be relaxed and do what seems best or most fun. If you want to insult me, you'd better tell me in advance. Otherwise, I will think you were just making a joke or didn't realize you might be offensive. That makes my life so much simpler.

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  27. Just made this and also converted it to gluten free-delish indeed!! Wonderful on a cool spring day and would be even better on a cold winter evening!!
    p.s. I too LOVE my crockpot!!

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