Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Baked Potato Soup
I read somewhere last week that a way to cure the winter "blues" was to eat potatoes. They contain a chemical that helps produce serotonin in your body and give you a "happy mellow feeling". I had never known before that potatoes could do this but after my husband and I ate this soup we didn't seem to mind the cold, snow or ice building up outside. It was delicious and certainly filling enough for dinner with a side salad. I haven't made a lot of soups in the past but this one was very easy and so good I will be making it again very soon.
Adapted from http://www.goodlifeeats.com/
6 baking potatoes (2-1/2 pounds)
2 tbsp butter
2/3 cup all purpose flour
6 cups milk (I used lactaid 2%)
5 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, plus extra for garnish
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
10 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pierce potatoes with a fork, bake for an hour or until tender. Cool and then peel potatoes discarding skins.
Coarsely mash the potatoes.
Melt butter in a large dutch oven. Add flour, whisking to combine with butter. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, cheese, salt, pepper, and paprika, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup green onions. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Do not boil. Spoon into bowls. Top each serving with cheese, onions, and bacon.
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