1 Suzie the Foodie: Recipe Review: Baked Potato Soup

Monday, March 8, 2010

Recipe Review: Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

When TheSweetOne suggested I try making this recipe for Baked Potato Soup, I was worried. Worried because in general, I am one of the few people in the world who is not very impressed by potatoes. If I am going to eat a starch, pass me the noodles or bread. On Friday we had such a dark and depressing day, I knew that it was the perfect time to make some comfort food and take a chance on a new soup recipe.

Baked Potato Soup

This recipe begins with baked potatoes of course! I divided the recipe in half and it still made a substantial amount of soup. I pricked two potatoes and baked them in a 400F oven for an hour. You could always use leftover mashed potatoes for this recipe, in fact I bet they would make this soup extra delicious.

Baked Potato Soup

I got even more nervous when I read that I was supposed to gradually mix flour and milk together and then heat on the stove. What the? I have never heard of making a thickener this way before. Normally you would cook flour into fat and then add the liquid but nope. You gradually whisk the two together and then cook over medium heat until it thickens. And it did just that!

Baked Potato Soup

From there you add the mashed potatoes, good quality sharp cheddar cheese (notice it is not orange) and season well. Seasoning is very important for this recipe, not enough salt and it will not work. After the cheese melts you remove it from the stove.

Baked Potato Soup

Add some sour cream and green onions and you are done! My potatoes were not mashed enough so I used an immersion blender to bring the soup together. I kept thinking, this is going to have no flavour. Where is the garlic? What about broth? Or wine? Or mirepoix???

Baked Potato Soup

Thick and luscious, I was shocked at how much flavour there was in the soup. It tasted like the perfect baked potato. The kind that is slathered in butter and full fat sour cream that I never allow myself to eat. Here it was in a soup. A LOW FAT soup! I was shocked and amazed.

I could tell my husband was wary of it but I knew he would like it. The next day I slowly and carefully reheated it which took a while but I did not want the soup to break and ladled it into a small bowl. He said, "Wow.... this is really... really... good!"

Two thumbs up in our house means five wooden spoons, thank you TheSweetOne. This soup really is a winner. It is easy, low fat and tasty. Now that is my kind of recipe!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'm not sure whether this soup would taste the same with mashed, boiled potatoes. I suspect much of the flavour comes precisely from the fact that the potatoes are baked first. Just my suspicion!

Bohemian Single Mom said...

Suzie, I am totally making this!
There is a restaurant here in our town that has a baked potato soup that my daughter LOVES.
This recipe sounds yummy and I'm going to give it a try!
Thanks for sharing!

leel said...

i hadn't even heard of baked potato soup until now. since potatoes are my fave food this will DEFINITELY be going on the To Make list. It looks so yummy :) awesome!

AvaDJ said...

It looks amazing! So thick and creamy and full of goodness. You're right about the seasoning with this soup, it needs to be just right. Now I have ideas milling around, it almost sounds like a nice base for some kind of chowder as well.

Janice said...

Never heard of this before, how interesting.

aliceinparis said...

I know I would LOVE it! Very simple really isn't it.

TheSweetOne said...

Phew! I'm so glad this turned out! I LOVE this soup. And when I'm feeling in the mood to push it into decadence, I top it with crumbled cooked bacon, shredded cheese, green onion and a glorious dollop of full fat sour cream . It also freezes well (though how it lasts long enough to get to the freezer is a mystery) and heats well enough in the microwave to be a good at work lunch...

Roxie said...

that just made me hungry.

Venus said...

This recipe is right on time. Other recipes called for a slow cooker or Dutch oven. I'm trying this out as I type. Thanks!