Monday, September 13, 2010

Potato Soup

The potato soup was a hit - at least for 2 out of 3 children... and I think Sebastian would have been fine except for the little broccoli's floating in it (LOL... the kid is convinced that broccoli florets are poisonous). The good news (well, for everyone except Sebastian, who does not so much consider this to be good news) is that there was plenty left over for us to have it again for dinner tonight... so I don't have to cook!! SA-WEET! If anyone wants to give it a try, here's what I did:

  • peel & dice 3 - 4 medium potatoes. boil them in a large soup pot until they are fork-tender. set them aside

  • in a skillet, melt about 3 tbsp butter. then mix in 3 tbs flour and stir until fully combined.

  • add salt & pepper to the flour/butter mixture. heat it over low/medium heat for 2-3 minutes

  • add 1 cup of milk to the flour mixture. stir or whisk until the flour is fully mixed into the milk.

  • add additional salt, pepper, garlic powder for seasoning. heat on med/high heat to a boil.

  • drain the potatoes and return to the pot

  • add the milk mixture to the potatoes

  • add 1 cup of chicken broth (I actually just used 1 cup of water and added chicken granules... in a glass jar, of course!)

  • add 2 cups of milk

  • stir & bring to a boil

  • stir in 1 can of condensed cheddar cheese soup, 4 oz. shredded Colby, 4 oz. shredded Monterrey

  • add some bacon bits if you like

  • add one pack of chopped broccoli, steamed

I calculated that this pot of soup cost me approximately $6.50 to make, and it will feed all four of us - (Lucas isn't here to eat with us at present) for two meals easily.... so $3.25 per meal. Nice! So yes, we had loaded baked potatoes in soup form (Isaac & Meagan even added sour cream to top off their soup... I'll pass on that, thank you), my kids liked - or at least tolerated - it, and now I don't have to worry about cooking dinner tonight.

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