Creamy Potato Soup

I don’t particularly love winters, nor do i hate them. I have mixed feelings. There are days when i don’t feel like getting out of bed all day (yeah, like that can ever happen…sigh!) but that’s not how life works right? So i grab a cuppa joe (or many) and it keeps me going. All last week, besides craving caffeine, i was craving some comforting hot potato soup.

Off to the kitchen! making the soup is actually quite simple and easy but takes a lot of patience. Basically, you just chop things up and throw them in a pot. Then let it simmer away. I didn’t have a prepared broth before hand, so i first made the chicken broth and then loaded it with veggies and potatoes. And all things yummy.

This potato soup is thick, sumptuous and heart warming. It’s comfort food at its best, and don’t even bother figuring out the calorie count. Just enjoy the warmth and richness. For me soups are definitely the nicest part of winter!

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CREAMY POTATO SOUP

Adapted this recipe from the Pioneer Woman Cooks

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tblsp butter + 1 tblsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6-8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tblsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (I used cheddar)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the butter and oil. Add in garlic and diced onion. Saute just enough to soften the onions up a bit, dont let them get any color.
  2. Add in the carrots and potatoes. Pour in the chicken broth and let it come to a boil.
  3. Let it simmer and cook until the potatoes are soft.
  4. whisk together the flour and milk and add to the soup. mix well and let it simmer for another 5 mintues. Turn of the heat, let soup cool slightly before blending it in a food processor/blender.
  5. Blend 3/4 of the soup to a smooth texture. Pour back into the pan.
  6. Now add seasoning and taste.
  7. Heat it back up and stir in the cream and cheese. Mix until all is well combines.
  8. serve hot garnished with green onions, crispy fried sausage/chicken bits, shredded cheese or croutons.

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