Loaded Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

The Base:

  • 1 pound bacon, diced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Toppings (Choose your favorites):

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions/chives
  • Additional cooked bacon

Instructions:

  • Cook the bacon: Place the diced bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook until the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside, reserve approximately 2 tablespoons bacon grease in the pot.
  • Sauté the veggies: Add the butter and chopped onion to the bacon grease. Cook until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Make the roux: Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic. Stir continuously until well combined and lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  • Build the soup base: Slowly whisk in chicken broth, milk, and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Add potatoes and spices: Add the diced potatoes, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne pepper. Bring back to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 15-20 minute or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Thicken the soup: If desired, remove about a cup of the soup mixture (including some potatoes) and transfer to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Return this mixture to the pot, stirring to incorporate and slightly thicken your soup.
  • Finish with toppings: Stir in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and the sour cream. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Serve hot: Ladle into bowls and top with your desired toppings like the remaining cheddar cheese, cooked bacon bits, and green onions/chives. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Customize it: Make it vegetarian by omitting bacon or try different potato types like sweet potatoes or Yukon Gold.
  • Extra creamy: For an even richer soup, stir in an extra dollop of sour cream or add a splash of half-and-half right before serving.
  • Consistency: If the soup is too thick, add a bit more milk or broth. If the soup is too thin, continue simmering to reduce, or create a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water) and gradually stir into the soup.
  • Make ahead: Potato soup is a perfect make-ahead meal. Cool, store in the refrigerator, and reheat gently before adding toppings.

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