As I stepped out of my car I was greeted by the smell of bacon cooking. I walked through the door and found a sack full of fresh from the garden potatoes on the counter. Loaded Potato Soup was about to be born.
Start with a heavy sauce pan and cook bacon until crispy. After removing the bacon to drain, add the diced potatoes and sautéed them until just tender, then remove them from the pan.
Into the pot add the butter, flour, milk and then gradually broth until the desired thickness is achieved. The garlic and seasoning is adjusted to taste, then the potatoes are returned to the pan to simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve Loaded Potato Soup….loaded. We like bacon, cheddar cheese, scallions and if we’re in the mood a dollop of sour cream.
Regardless of what time of year it is, soup is good for the soul.
Loaded Potato Soup
- 4 slices bacon cut into lardons (omit for vegetarian version and use 1 Tbl. olive oil)
- 2 lbs. potatoes diced
- 3 Tbl. butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 4 cups milk
- 1-2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp. ground thyme
- 1/2 tsp. ground sage
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 scallions thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- In a large sauce pan, cook bacon until crispy. Remove from pan to drain, reserving drippings. Add diced potatoes and sauté over medium heat until just fork tender. Remove potatoes.
- Add butter to pan, once melted whisk in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbly. Whisk in milk and one cup of broth. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Add additional broth to achieve desired thickness. Add garlic, seasonings, and precooked potatoes. Simmer soup gently for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Serve topped with crispy bacon, scallion slices, and shredded cheddar cheese.