Creamy Potato Soup

I absolutely adore soups.  I love that you can throw everything into a big pot and you end up with something that is so warm and tasty that you feel like you've just been wrapped up in a blanket of love. That's exactly the feeling you get when you've eaten a bowl of this Creamy Potato Soup.  

When we would get sick as children, my mom would open a can of Campbell''s Potato Soup. It was comfort food to us all and we loved it.  I did this for many years into adulthood too, until I realized that potato soup is one of the easiest soups to make, especially when you use one of my favorite kitchen gadgets...the immersion blender. So, let's get to it...
Here's what you need:
potatoes, chicken broth, water, milk, salt and pepper, sour cream and shredded cheese, bacon bits, steamed broccoli and green onions as toppings
Here's how you make it:
Start by cubing your potatoes.  I love my "onion" chopper for soups. It is a great tool to let kids use to "help" you in the kitchen too. Remember when I used it for my Chipper Chicken Soup?
Put your potatoes in a large saucepan or dutch oven.
Cover with chicken broth.
Add in water and boil potatoes over medium heat until tender, about 20 minutes.
When finished cooking, remove about 4 cups of liquid from the pot and reserve in case you want to add some back into the soup. (If I have leftovers, I will pour a little bit of the broth on the top of the soup in the storage container before I refrigerate it. This helps thin it out the next day when you heat it up.)
Use the immersion blender to make the soup smooth and creamy.  I like to leave some chunks of potato in mine. You could also transfer the soup in batches to a blender to make it creamy. Add in the milk, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until heated through. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with any or all of the toppings.  I like it with shredded cheese, steamed broccoli, and bacon bits.

Creamy Potato Soup (makes 6-8 servings)

8 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
1 box (32 oz.)chicken broth
4 cups water
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. sour cream
shredded cheese
bacon bits
steamed broccoli
green onions

Cook potatoes in chicken broth/water mixture until tender (about 20 minutes). Remove about 4 cups of the liquid. Use immersion blender to cream the soup.  Add the milk, salt and pepper to taste and sour cream. If you like it a little more "soupy" add back some of the broth. Cook until heated through. Top with shredded cheese, bacon bits, green onions and/or steamed broccoli.

There are several things I love about this soup...
1. I can pronounce all of the ingredients and know exactly what they are.
2. It incorporates food I usually have on hand.
3. I believe it is relatively low in calories and fat (at least until you start adding on the toppings).
4. I get to use some of my favorite kitchen gadgets to make it.
5. It is super easy and doesn't take long to make.
6. It makes my kiddos smile...and smiling's my favorite!

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21 comments:

  1. I love all cream soups but potato is my favourite! Thanks for sharing and I'm pinning this. ~ Maureen

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  2. Can yo believe there was a time when I wouldn't eat Potato Soup?! I had no idea what I was missing! Love potato soup now and this look delicious :D

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  3. I love potato soup! This reminds me of soup my grandma used to make. I don't know if you received my email but you won the Signs by Andrea giveaway! Please contact me so you can receive your prize!

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  4. Ohmigosh Nici, this looks so good! Definitely going to have to try this:)

    Katie

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  5. Oh my yum! This looks so good and would be perfect for the chilly weather we're having right now.

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  6. Thanks for sharing on Jam Hands this week. I will keep this in my pocket for when the cold sets in.

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  7. Yum, looks good! I don't have an immersion blender, I might have to look into one.

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  8. I also love soups. That's one of the things I enjoy about the fall and winter seasons - these soups and comfort foods! I'll be pinning your recipe so I can remember to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh, My! This looks so good! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  10. YUM! This is a GREAT recipe! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday and shared it with us! Thanks! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/cast-party-wednesday-link-party-60/

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  11. Oh my goodness. I am so glad I own an immersion blender!

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  12. It's a wonderful meal for a day you're busy or forgot to plan dinner, since most of the time all the ingredients are on hand, so no need to make an extra trip to the store. Your recipe sounds delicious.

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  13. Thanks so much for linking up to last weeks blog hop. Love your blog, the recipes I've seen so far are yummy for sure, off to see what other delights you are sharing.

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  14. yum! thanks for the step by step too- it always helps! :) im a new follower from "i freakin did it friday". stop by and visit me too sometime! www.kendrakaypahukoa.blogspot.com have a great week-end!!!

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  15. Nici,
    I love the addition of the Broccoli to this beautiful soup, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. Nici, Dlon't you love how some foods conjure up memories and comfort us!!! What a great and easy soup! I love the addition of broccoli!
    I could not survive in my kitchen without my stick blender!

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  17. Yummy soup. I'm always on the look out for new soup recipes. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  18. I would love to have one of those potato and onion choppers. Who is the manufacturer, do you know?

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  19. one of my most favorite soups! Who knew it was so easy? I think I may even be able to make this. Thank you so much for sharing!
    -april

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  20. The photo just drew me in! The last few years, I've been bogged down with work, and I've been making my soup with 2 bags of frozen potato cubes (for mashing); but there's nothing like the real thing. I can't wait to retire and spend time in the kitchen! Loved your list at the end. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and thank you for adding this recipe to Foodie Friday!

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  21. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party
    Dawn co host and blogger
    http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

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