March 9, 2016

Delicious Potato Soup

Mashed, baked, fried, au gratin, twice baked, roasted -- there are so many ways to cook potatoes, including as the feature in soup. The flavor and texture of potatoes, mixed with spices and cream, make a delectable, yet easy to make, slow-cooker soup.

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It's no secret that I love potatoes. 
As a child, there was always a fight over the leftover mashed potatoes each Thanksgiving or Christmas. Whoever sneaked into the fridge and ran off with them, without being caught, would gleefully eat the rest while taunting the losers. We'd eat them cold because if you put them in the microwave, you risked someone realizing it and nabbing them -- or at the very least having to share if the thief decided to be kind.

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Now, I make sure to keep potatoes in the house as a staple. They're cheap, have tons of vitamins (did you know potatoes are full of vitamin C?), there are so many ways to cook them and so many varieties exist.

Seriously, what's not to love about potatoes?

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Slow-cooker potato soup is a hearty dish that is easily thrown together. A big bowl leaves the whole family satisfied. The ingredients are cheap, making this a frugal  recipe so you can cook up big batch to last a few days without damaging your grocery budget.

I use russet potatoes in my version, though any type of potato works. I'd love to try it using purple potatoes, the color would be beautiful! Peels are optional, it depends whether or not you want to take the time to peel each potato.

You can sub real cooked bacon for the bacon bits if you prefer. To make a lighter version, swap out the heavy cream for half and half.

I created this recipe as part of the Ultimate Recipe Challenge. Every other month, 40+ bloggers and I are being challenged to create a recipe around a mystery ingredient. This month, the potato was our must-use ingredient. Scroll down to the end of the post to see all the other yummy recipes being shared. While you're at the end of the post -- Please vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs by clicking the pink banner, then clicking the big ORANGE button on the next page to cast the vote. 

Delicious Potato Soup

by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Keywords: slow-cooker soup/stew low-sodium potatoes cream American comfort food fall spring summer winter
Ingredients (5 quarts)
  • 8 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 6 Tbsp bacon bits
  • 3 Tbsp parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp chives
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup flour plus additional 1/3 cup flour
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Add dry ingredients to slow cooker, except for flour
Add wet ingredients to slow cooker
Add flour slowly, stirring as you go.
Set slow cooker for 6 hours on high or 8 hours on low
Part way through cooking, test to see if you need extra salt or pepper
Place immersion blender into slow cooker with one hour left to cook
Blend until approximately half of the ingredients are creamed
If soup is too thin, slowly stir in additional flour one tablespoon at a time
Let soup finish cooking
Serve with a parsley garnish
Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top (optional)

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  1. Soup in the slow cooker is the only way to go!

  2. Mmmm, I love potato soup. This sounds so yummy!

  3. I love potatoes! They're my favorite food.

  4. Yummy! I love potato soup. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  5. This is one of my hubby's fave soups and so perfect for a winter night. The recipe looks simple, too.

  6. Yummy potato soup is a mainstay in any recipe file. Thanks for sharing!

  7. First I have to say I love the slow cooker. Not that its a new idea. I am sure there was a cavewoman calling across the cave, "Don't make the flame so big, I want to cook it slow." Granted I like the modern approach better.

  8. Elizabeth O.3/09/2016 8:09 PM

    Who wouldn't love potatoes, right? There is just so much you can do with them and they are really great with other ingredients as well! That looks like a hearty soup, perfect for when you're not really in the mood to eat anything else. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  9. This is so tasty I love potato soup especially when it is as cold as it has been today!

  10. One of my favs! Looking forward to trying this delicious twist. TY for sharing.

  11. potato soup is my favorite! i love the idea of swapping out heavy cream for half and half to make it lighter

  12. I want it! It looks so yummy and healthy. My husband will love this!

  13. Potato soup, that too looks so delicious. Will have to check it out at the earliest.

  14. Potato soup is one of my favourite soups! We have a lot of potatoes right now so I will have to try this out. It's definitely still cool enough out.

  15. This looks really good. i haven't had potato soup in ages. Definitely going to try this recipe!

  16. That looks absolutely incredible and like exactly what I need today for dinner! Oh my goodness!

  17. This looks and sounds amazing I think I need to try this for myself

  18. Potato soup is always welcome in my home. It's always a fave.

  19. oohh that looks soo good and easy to make. Would definitely trying it.

  20. What an awesome soup recipe. I printed for this weekend.

  21. Wow this is one of my favorite soups any time of the year! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  22. Potato soup is always the best! Didnt know about how many recipes you can do with this wonderful ingredient

  23. This looks so good. I love potato soup I can't wait to try.

  24. I love potato soup! I have never tried cooking it in a crock pot though! With the rainy weather, I bet that's what we will have tonight! haha

  25. Your potato soup sounds delicious. I might make this recipe for my mom, she's been wanting potato soup.Thank you for sharing.

  26. I'd definitely cook this. I love potato soup and my son does too. This is something I can even guide him into trying out.

  27. You had me at heavy cream. Looks divine! I cant wait to try this.


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