We had a potluck at work last week that was devoted to the theme, "Bacon". That meant we needed to bring a dish that featured bacon or that was good served with bacon. I chose to make a potato soup with bacon, one of my kids favorites growing up, and here is the recipe.
Hearty Potato and Bacon Soup
2.5 lbs of red potatoes, chopped into bite size pieces
Half of a bunch of celery hearts (or celery-I like the hearts better)
2 c shredded (or diced) carrots
1 small onion, diced
1 lb of bacon
4 vegetable or chicken bullion cubes (gluten-free if you are on the GF diet)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 c. heavy cream
3 c. milk
1 stick (1/2 c) butter
1/2 c potato flour (you can substitute regular flour, same amount)
1 Tsp dried parsley or about 1/4 c finely chopped fresh parsley
Water--enough to cover veggies in the pan, about 8 cups.
Slice the bacon cross wise into about 1/2 inch pieces. Fry them in a skillet until as done as you like your bacon, then remove to a paper towel on a plate and drain. Add chopped onion and celery to the bacon drippings and saute until somewhat translucent-about 5 minutes. Places potatoes, carrots, celery and onions in a large pan and add water just until all the veggies are covered. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are soft-about 20 minutes. Add the bullion cubes, let simmer a couple minutes more til they dissolve. While all this is going on, melt the butter in a sauce pan and stir in the potato flour. If you like your soup really thick, you may want to use more butter and flour (3/4-1 c). Cook the flour/butter for about 5 minutes, then stir into the soup and add the milk. Return to a boil. Stir in the cream, bacon and parsley and return to a low boil, just til heated throughout. It is ready to serve at this point and would be yummy with various toppings--more crumbled bacon, some sharp cheddar or chopped green onions.
I plan to try the recipe again with a modification-about 2-3 cups chopped, fresh spinach stirred in with the bacon and cream at the end and cook just until it is wilted. I'll let you know how it turns out. Yum!
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