Baked Potato Soup

2016-01-12
  • Yield : 2 bowls
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 1:20 h
  • Ready In : 1:20 h

I have tried making this tons of different ways using all real potatoes including ricing the potato or whipping it. No matter what, it was never smooth enough so I had to go with some instant potatoes. This recipe has the super creamy soup with real roasted potato pieces in it. It also turns out if your careful removing the potato meat you can make a couple potato skin appetizers with them. You can even refrigerate the skins for a couple days if your just too “potatoed” out. The most important thing for making this taste like a proper baked potato soup is the garnish, so much so I included it in the ingredients. If you don’t have these it’s just potato soup to me. Be careful when cooking this one, it has a lot of starch in it the will burn and stick to the bottom of the pan if your not keeping an eye on it. My homemade Italian spice blend recipe can be found by clicking here or you can buy any Italian blend from the store.

Ingredients

  • 1 large bakeing potato
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • ¼ cup white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • ⅔ cup instant potato flakes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Italian spice blend
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped

Directions

Step 1

Rinse the potato. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake the potato directly on the rack for 1 hour or until done. Remove it from the oven to cool.

Step 2

While the potato is cooking prepare the garnishes by cooking and crumbling the bacon, shredding the cheese, and chopping the green onion. Set aside until ready to serve. Continue to the next step.

Step 3

Prepare the soup by melting the butter in a large saucepan, over medium-high heat and sauté the onions until translucent. Add the flour to the onions and stir to make a roux. Add the potato flakes then slowly add the stock constantly stirring, watch as it thickens being careful to remove lumps if they develop. Add the spices to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Once the potato has cooled, cut the potato in half lengthwise and scoop out the contents with a large spoon. Discard skin or use in another recipe. Rough chop the baked potato into bite size pieces. Stir in the half-and-half and add the chopped baked potato to the saucepan, bring soup back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer the soup for another 15 minutes or until thick.

Step 5

Serve garnished with the shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, and sliced green onions.

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