Main Dish Monday: Potato Soup

by Hope Sewell on November 7, 2011

in recipes

Happy Monday!!
I have another soup for your Main Dish Monday today.  We’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t actually cooked a lot.  Soups are perfect for busy times because you can put it all together and move on while it’s simmering on the stove.

I like this recipe for potato soup because it’s on the lighter side of things.  No “cream of” soups nor processed cheeses.  Just some simple and pure ingredients.
Start with 3 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced.  Dice half of a large red bell pepper, 1 small onion and 2 cloves of garlic.

In a large soup pot, saute the pepper, onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter.Once that has cooked for a few minutes add in the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.  I like to let this cook for maybe a minute or two….and then add in 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.  Season with salt and pepper again here as well.    Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
Then mash them up with a potato masher.  Add in another 2 cups of water and 1 cup of milk.  I use skim but you can use whole or whatever you have on hand.Then add in 4 ounces of your favorite cheddar cheese cubed or shredded along with some parsley, fresh thyme and paprika.  Check and see if you need more salt here as well.
We love this served with sour cream, bacon and chives or scallions.This is another HUGE favorite with my children!!


Potato Soup
3 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 small onion, diced
1/2 large red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups water, divided
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
paprika to taste
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

Sauté onion, pepper and garlic in butter.  Add potatoes and stir to coat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes or so.  Mash potatoes with a potato masher.  Add 2 more cups of water and 1 cup milk.  Cook a few more minutes and add parsley, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper, and cheese.  Cook until cheese is melted.  Top with bacon, sour cream, chives or scallions.

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