Savor the Flavor: Rich Baked Potato Soup

by | Nov 27, 2023 | Dinner, Sides | 0 comments

As a food blogger passionate about comforting and delicious meals, I’m excited to share this Creamy Baked Potato Soup recipe. It’s a thick, creamy delight loaded with bacon and chives, guaranteed to warm the hearts and bellies of your entire family.

The Perfect Blend of Ingredients for our Baked Potato Soup

This soup combines the savory goodness of lean bacon or prosciutto, the sweetness of yellow onions, and the robust flavor of minced garlic. With a base of chicken broth and a creamy mixture of half and half and sour cream (or Greek yogurt for a healthier twist), it’s a symphony of flavors. Moreover, the diced chives add a fresh touch to the soup.

Preparation: Easy and Efficient

Preparing this soup is a breeze, taking only 15 minutes. The cooking process, spanning 35 minutes, is straightforward, ensuring that even novice cooks can achieve great results. It serves 4-6 people, making it ideal for family meals or small gatherings.

Creamy Baked Potato Soup

Cooking Technique: Ensuring the Best Flavor for the Baked Potato Soup

A key tip to enhance the soup’s flavor is to cook the potatoes separately from the chicken broth. This technique removes excess starch, resulting in a smoother soup. Additionally, cooking the flour for a full minute eliminates the raw taste, and using a silicone spatula to scrape the bacon remnants adds an extra layer of flavor.

Assembling the Soup: A Step-by-Step Guide

The process begins with crisping the bacon, followed by sautéing the garlic and onions until golden. After setting aside some bacon for garnish, you’ll whisk flour into the chicken broth, then slowly add the dairy components. Parallelly, the potatoes are boiled until tender and then blended with the soup base to achieve the perfect consistency.

Garnishing: The Final Touch

Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese, croutons, sesame seeds, reserved chives, and bacon. These toppings not only enhance the flavor but also add a delightful texture to the dish.

Creamy Baked Potato Soup

Creamy Baked Potato Soup

A thick and creamy soup, loaded with bacon and chives. Very comforting for the whole family.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potatoes, soup, bacon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 645kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 lean bacon or prosciutto slices
  • 2 medium yellow onions diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth divided
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup chives finely diced (reserve handful as garnish)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 6 medium potatoes peeled and diced into 1" cubes
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice for garnish

Instructions

  • Add bacon to a large Dutch oven or soup pot set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until crispy, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and onion and cook until soft and golden. If there is excess grease, blot with paper towel.
  • Remove 2-3 pieces of bacon and set aside to use as garnish.
  • Meanwhile, add ½ cup of the chicken broth into the pot. Whisk in flour, use a silicone spatula to stir as the flour cooks for one full minute to remove the raw flour taste. Use a silicone spatula to loosen any bacon remnants from the bottom of the pot. This will add flavor. Add chives, reserving some as garnish. 
  • Slowly add the half and half and sour cream. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • While the bacon cooks, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes. Add to a stock pot and cover the potatoes with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add salt to taste. Reduce heat and boil potatoes gently for 20 minutes or until very fork tender. Drain, Set aside.
  • Gather the remaining stock, potatoes and bacon pot contents, blend in a high-speed blender in batches or use an immersion blender and blend in cooking pot.
  • Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with shredded cheese, croutons, sesame seeds, chives, and bacon.

Notes

Serving option: Black sesame and of a choice for croutons or cracker as garnish, to taste

Nutrition

Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1098mg | Potassium: 1745mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1334IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 388mg | Iron: 4mg

Conclusion: Enjoy the Comforting Warmth

This Creamy Baked Potato Soup is more than just a meal; it’s a comforting experience that brings joy with every spoonful. Whether you’re cuddling up on a chilly evening or gathering around the dinner table, this soup is sure to be a hit. So, gather your ingredients and let’s start cooking! Enjoy the process and the delicious result.

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