this potato soup will hug you…be comforted.

April 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

I thought twice about posting a potato soup today.  I mean, after all…it is spring.  Well, it is cloudy.  It is 50° outside. I decided to post it anyway.

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I am fond of tradition.  And I love family recipes. So, years ago I called my mom-in-law and asked her what my guy’s favorite birthday dinner was when he was growing up.   She said he always asked for potato soup.  She dug around and found the recipe and here it is!   It is nice to top it off with some crispy bacon and chives.  I topped this particular one with crispy sage leaves.  (Heat some olive oil in a non-stick skillet and cook whole sages leaves on both sides, using tongs to turn, until crispy. Salt them a little.)

What you will need for this dish:

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 onion, any color
  • little olive oil
  • 3 celery stocks
  • cube of butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • powered mustard
  • 2 cups milk
  • steak sauce (like A-1)
  • 6 oz. cheddar cheese
  • salt / pepper
  • small handful of parsley
  • crispy bacon…optional
  • chives…optional
  • sage leaves….optional

grandma’s potato soup

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, any color,  diced
  • 1/2 cup celery,  diced
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon powdered mustard
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 6 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • small handful of parsley, chopped fine
  • salt / pepper

In a large pot heat the olive oil over med high heat and cook the onions and celery until softened.  Add the potatoes and mix together coating the potatoes well.  Season with salt and pepper.  Continue cooking for 5 minutes.  Add the boiling water, increase to high heat and bring back to a boil.  Lower heat to a slow boil and continue to cook 15 minutes until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a sauce pan.  Whisk in the flour until smooth and thick.  Stir in the mustard and add the milk continuing to whisk until a smooth sauce forms.  Stir in the steak sauce.

When potatoes are tender pour the buttery sauce into the soup pot and stir well.  Add cheddar cheese and parsley, stir until cheese is melted.  Serve topped with your choice of crispy bacon, chives or crispy sage leaves. (or all three!)

Generously serves 4.

buon appetite!

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§ One Response to this potato soup will hug you…be comforted.

  • weebluemixer says:

    I love potato soup. I definitely like to fry some bacon in the pan first, then remove and add over the top of the soup at the end. I make this a lot as we have a lot potatoes as hubbie works on an organic veg farm. I have never made it before making a separate white sauce or with steak sauce. Always good to find ways to tweak an old recipe.

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