Day 3: Homemade Crockpot Potato Soup

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She can make the best potato soup.

And I think about her whenever I eat it.

Thoughts of my grandma warms my heart even more than this soup warms my tummy.  She’s just the sweetest lady ever.

Yes, I’ve had soup on my mind lately.  Potato soup, to be specific.  Why?

Autumn.

It makes you just want to pull out your ginormous cookbook and make soup all day.  You know, the red and white checked album of recipes called Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook.  I think every girl that has tied the knot must have one on her shelf.  It’s a classic.  It’s the “Little Women” of the kitchen variety-ha!

Yes, the temperatures have been dropping here and the leaves are just beginning to change.  Love it.

So it is definitely time for some soup.

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Homemade Potato Soup

Recipe source: here

5 lbs. russet potatoes, washed and diced, NOT peeled

1 medium/large yellow onion, diced

10 cloves of fresh garlic, diced

64 oz. of chicken broth ( I used organic/free range variety)

16 oz. (2 -8 oz. blocks) cream cheese, softened

1 Tbsp. seasoned salt

5-6 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)

freshly shredded cheese (optional)

green onion, chopped (optional)

Place diced potatoes, diced garlic, diced yellow onion, seasoned salt and chicken broth in your slow cooker. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.

Add cream cheese. Use an immersion blender to puree about half of the soup and to incorporate the cheese. (Or if you’re like me, remove half of the soup and use your hand held mixer. It’s a bit more of a chunky puree, but it works. Add it back to your crockpot. Stir.) Garnish with your toppings of choice. Serve.

It makes 10-12 servings.

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Mmmmm.  The cream cheese absolutely makes this dish.

I had two bowls….shhhh.

I think my favorite things about this recipe was the no-peel potatoes.

And the blocks of cream cheese.

And the bacon crumbled on top.

And the use of my slow cooker in the kitchen instead of me.

Ok.  So I actually had several favorites in this recipe.  It’s that good.

Have I convinced you yet?

Make some potato soup.  Think about your grandma.  Better yet, give her a hug.

That’s what I’m gonna do.

And take the time to tell her how special she is….. and also thank her for that ginormous cookbook given as your wedding gift. <3

How about you?  Do you associate smells and comfort foods with special people in your life?

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Thanks for reading.

Heather

 

12 thoughts on “Day 3: Homemade Crockpot Potato Soup

  1. juliekrager

    What happens if you use 3lbs instead of 5 lbs 🙂 I mistakenly thought a 3lb bag was 5 and now it’s too late to get 2 more lbs to cook in time. I assume it will just be a little less thick? I might be able to simmer some more potatoes on the stove and incorporate if it wont turn out well…

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  4. Christina

    You are doing a great job with your pictures, Heather! I struggle with food pictures.

    Want to try this soup! I make a baked potato soup but this done in the crockpot seems much easier 😉 Now, we just need some cooler temps. Think it is supposed be 85 on Saturday?? 🙁

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    1. heather Post author

      Thanks. I still struggle with certain lighting situations. I’m playing around with reflecting the natural light back on objects through mirrors. It makes a difference and the girls love holding it. After about 20 photos though, they start to complain about how heavy the mirror is and I try to wrap up the photo shoot really quick. 😉

      It was very easy. Yes, it’s been warmer here in WV (and it was back in NC) but it’s supposed to drop (in both states) this Sunday to the 50s/60s. So maybe it’ll cool down for you soon?

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    1. heather Post author

      Welcome to Thrifty Stories. This soup definitly hits the spot. It’s rich and creamy with just a little kick from the garlic and onions. Love it. We ate it with organic tortilla chips. But of course, I think that those taste good with just about everything. Thanks for stopping by, Allyson.

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  5. Stephanie

    Heather,

    This looks good. I think Joey is going to make it for dinner for us on Saturday while I am at work! Yum. As far as associating smells or comfort foods with people, I always think about my grandmother when I think about homemade biscuits, my grandfather when I get food fresh from the garden, and my other set of grandparents when we have potato gravy (my grandfather loved it!). These memories are so special to me since most of my grandparents have passed on to their eternal home! Enjoyed this post!

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    1. heather Post author

      Wow. I don’t think that I’ve ever heard of potato gravy. What do you serve it over? I’d love to know as I am a huge potato fan. 🙂

      Yes, memories are special. I only have one grandma left and I just love her to pieces.

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      1. Stephanie

        Heather,

        We serve it over toast, but you could also serve it over biscuits I suppose. I am not so good at making it, but I love my mom’s!

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