Baked Potato Soup

While Charisse was in Arkansas we both ended up having soup on the same night. We all saw how Eric’s turned out while Charisse on the other hand was eating out at a Mennonite restaurant in Gentry and enjoying a baked potato soup. We were talking later that night over Skype and Eric learned two things: Mennonites are people and therefore not edible and baked potato soup is the best thing since the baked potato. Actually, he learned 3 things that night, the third being that canned low sodium soup tastes terrible. Especially if its past its expiration date by a year and a half. So when Charisse came back this was near the top of the southern-cooking-to-die-for-and-may-actually-kill-you-too list and was promptly cooked up for lunch on the first really cold October day. It was actually a great Sunday afternoon food, it really fit our day. We’ve been having some really unseasonably warm weather this October with temperatures in the 90’s for a while so to have this sudden cold snap really kicked up our holiday season anticipation as it finally feels like Fall is here and Winter is coming. We built our first fire of the season and lounged around all day watching movies and eating hearty southern food. since then we’ve decided that more exercise is needed and will probably be making more… healthy food but that wasn’t on our minds at the time. What was on our minds was this soup. It really is like a liquid baked potato. Or more like a twice baked potato in liquid form. We topped it with chopped green onions cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon, but any baked potato toppings would work. So with winter well on its way you should take a day off to hunker down with this soup and just be full.

Baked Potato Soup
What You Will Need

4 large potatoes (peeled and cubed)
4 cups chicken stock
1 onion (chopped)
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste
parsley
1 stick unsalted butter
toppings of your choice

In a large stock pot or dutch oven, melt butter and cook onions and garlic until softened. Add potatoes and chicken stock, cover and simmer until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. 
Using an immersion blender, puree the soup to desired consistency. I like to leave a few big pieces to give the soup a bit of texture. 

Pour in the milk and cream and mix to combine. If it is still too thick, keep adding milk or cream until the thickness you like. Salt and pepper to taste, you can also add a dash of cayenne pepper if you like to kick up the spice a bit! 

Heat through and serve with toppings of your choice! 

21 thoughts on “Baked Potato Soup

  1. I made a similar recipe last week and it was wolfed down. You cannot go wrong with a loaded baked potato soup. It always wins hearts and minds.

  2. oooh YUM! I LOVE this idea. I can feel the warmth and comfort of this dish just radiating off my screen… Ok, time to have lunch now!Robyn x

  3. Oh wow, that looks like greatness in a bowl. Baked potato soup should always come fully loaded – just as you've got it! And it seems like it's pretty easy to make – I might be making soup tonight …

  4. I seriously put off reading this post because I knew I was going to have to make it, this is sinfully delicious!

  5. Oh my God this looks delicious!!! The toppings alone make me want to dive into my computer screen and try a taste! Love the recipe!

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