Starchy, chunky, creamy goodness: Potato Soup

So, it’s Fall and the nippy weather makes me want to curl up in a fuzzy throw and eat heavy, creamy foods (doesn’t matter if the food is hot or cold).
I tried this new creamy potato soup recipe for the first time – courtesy of divascancook.com – however I made some adjustments to suit my cooking style and taste. Keep in mind seasoning is an important factor with this soup, so don’t be afraid to add your favorite seasonings.

I enjoy potatoes in every form, and this soup made my mid-week lunch break very pleasant.  Although potatoes are considered heavy, this particular dish did not make me want to crawl under my desk and sleep.

This will be my go to dish from now on when I want something starchy, chunky and creamy.   Add a few crackers on the side and you have a hearty meal.

Instead of cooking this dish on the stove top or in a microwave, I opted to use my handy-dandy Crockpot. One of the best investments I’ve made.  This extended the cooking time from 30 minutes to 4.5 hours, including prep time.

I know 4.5hrs seems like a long time, but this meal was not for dinner that night, so I cooked it when I got home from work to eat the rest of the week.  By peeling and dicing the potatoes and vegetables the night before, I saved some time the next day with prep work.  If you don’t have that much time to cook, you can always make it on the stove or in the microwave.

See recipe adjustments below, for using a Crockpot:

Ingredients:

  • Used about 15 small potatoes (diced)
  • Turkey bacon (cooked on George Forman until crispy & broken into pieces)
  • 2tbsp minced garlic (sautéed)
  • 32oz Vegetable stock (low/no sodium)
  • 1 can cream of asparagus & 2tbsp Greek yogurt
  • Omitted liquid smoke
  • Green, yellow & red peppers (diced & sautéed)
  • Stick of celery (diced & sautéed)

Cooking instructions:

  • Add potatoes, seasoning and veg broth to Crockpot (stir & cook until soft or after 2.5hrs)
  • Add turkey bacon & vegetable mix (around the 3hr mark, not to let veg get too limp)
  • Scoop & mash half of the potatoes and add back to Crockpot (doesn’t matter if you bring veg/bacon with, just try not to mash too much of the extra ingredients)
    • I found this released more of the flavors
  • Add cream of asparagus/Greek yogurt (30min left, stir and reduce heat to low until 4hrs are up)
  • Add shredded cheese & bacon (if any is left) for garnishment

Hope you enjoy this creamy fall/winter treat!

 

 

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