Okay, I have no earthly idea what your granny’s baked potato soup tasted like but I’m willing to bet that it can’t begin to compare with this recipe! Cheesy, heartwarming, and filling — this soup really has it all. It’s loaded. Loaded like a M32 Multiple Grenade Launcher headed for battle. Only this soup is pretty ding dang peaceful because after one bowl you are rendered completely useless. It would be excellent to serve during “peace talks.” What an oversight — serving chicken cordon bleu instead of this totally kicking and easy to make soup.
Now for the lineup (okay, I forgot to put some ingredients in the picture — you caught me):
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 6 medium red potatoes, unpeeled and cubed
- 1 white onion or 4 green onions (choose your own adventure)
- 1/2 medium carrot, finely grated
- 1 rib of celery, minced
- 4 tsp. white vinegar
- pinch salt (optional — I leave it out, usually)
- 3 cups milk (I use goats milk) + 1/4 cup flour + 1 heaping tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup (heaping) Monterrey Jack cheese, grated + 1/2 cup (heaping) cheddar cheese, grated
- OR 1/2 cup (heaping) Colby cheese, grated + 1/2 cup (heaping) pepper jack cheese, grated
- 6-12 strips of cooked beef bacon, chopped
- black pepper, to taste
Place broth, potatoes, onion, carrot, celery, vinegar and salt into a thick bottomed kettle (I use the same kettle that I cooked the bacon in but I pour out the grease before adding the other stuff). Cover and cook on medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, grate that cheese and whisk the milk with flour and mustard. Paint a portrait. Learn a new language. Write a Miss America acceptance speech.
Stir once and a while, okay?
Remove lid. (Yes, I had to tell you.) Pour in that milk, flour, mustard mixture and stir. Stir! Add cheese, black pepper, and bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 6-8 minutes. Serve. Enjoy. Make another batch. Send some to me. And this is what it looks like as you stir:
Can anyone say *heaven*? This stuff is seriously addictive. Seriously. This is last meal material, if you ask me.