Rich. Smooth. Velvety. Creamy. Cheesy. Simple. All words that I would use to describe my favorite wintertime dish: potato soup. I have made this recipe countless times and it never ceases to amaze me, to wow my taste buds. It is warming, filling, and homey, and the seven ingredients within it are ones that I almost always have on hand, making it amazing. I encourage you to make this dish next time you want a hearty bowl of soup. You won’t be disappointed.
Tools You Will Need:
1 large stockpot
1 whisk – mine is silicone coated
Medium microwave-safe bowl
Liquid measuring cup
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, washed and cut into 3/4 inch chunks
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup white flour
5 cups milk
1 8oz bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
bacon crumbles and additional shredded cheddar for garnish
What You’ll Do:
1. Start out by placing your potato pieces into the microwave-safe bowl, add a splash of water and cover with plastic wrap, leaving a small section of the bowl uncovered to vent steam. Microwave the potatoes for eight minutes or until tender.
2. In your stockpot over medium heat, melt your butter. Once it has melted, whisk in the flour until it is all incorporated and the mixture is golden and smooth, about one minute. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly until all of the milk has been incorporated. The mixture will be thin. Allow to cook over medium heat for twelve minutes, until the soup mixture has thickened slightly. Do not let the mixture boil as it will become grainy. If the soup does boil and become grainy, it does not affect the flavor, only the texture.
3. Add the 8oz bag of cheddar to your hot milk mixture, stirring until the cheese has melted completely into the soup. The soup will be a golden, cheesy color. Add the potato chunks, mixing to combine and allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes to ensure everything has heated through.
4. Remove from heat, taste, and add salt and pepper if desired. Serve hot. You can top with bacon crumbles and additional shredded cheddar if desired. The soup is delicious eaten with buttered rolls, especially on a cold winter night. Makes approximately five servings.