Loaded Red Potato Soup

During cold and flu season, I strictly crave comfort food. This year is no different. My family has been sick for a couple weeks and a few of us still are. I am finally feeling a little better and ready to get back in the kitchen and cook. This loaded red potato soup is one of my favorites this time of year.

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Here are the ingredients I used (plus water, not pictured.)

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First, I used sharp shears to cut the bacon into small pieces which was then cooked in a skillet and set aside. Mmmm bacon!

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Next, I fried the onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.

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Then, the potatoes were cubed and boiled in a large pot until soft.

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After that, I drained the potatoes and added the cooked onions, garlic, half the amount of crispy bacon, milk, water and spices to the pot. It was all brought to a boil and then I turned the burner to simmer for 20 minutes. I mashed the potatoes a couple times to break up the chunks a bit. This helped thicken the soup.

Finally, I stirred in 2 cups of shredded cheddar until melted. The soup was dished up and garnished with cheese and bacon. As my husband always says, “Everything is better with bacon!” I know a lot of people in my family would tend to agree with him.

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We would love to hear about your favorite comfort foods that get you through this time of year. Hope everyone is staying well.

Loaded Red Potato Soup from Elizabeth Joan Designs
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients
– 14 small to medium red potatoes – cubed
– 1 onion – chopped
– 2 cloves garlic – minced
– 6 strips of bacon
– 1 cup of water
– 3 cups of milk
– 2 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1 teaspoon parsley
– 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Preparation
1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and brown in a skillet.
2. Fry the onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.
3. Cube potatoes and boil in a large pot until soft.
4. Drain the potatoes and add the cooked onions, garlic, half the amount of crispy bacon, milk, water and spices to the pot and bring to a boil.
5. Simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Stir in cheese.
7. Garnish with bacon and cheese.

 

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