Monday, November 30, 2009

Idaho Baked Potato Soup with Bacon

Did you miss me? Did you notice I was gone? No? Well that’s good I suppose. My computer kicked the bucket for the last time and refused to be rebuilt again. Jesse had had enough of my computer abuse, and replaced my laptop with a Mac-top hoping it will be stronger than my super destructive computer Karma.

So far the Mac has the best of me. I’m still trying to get around Steve Job’s left handed world. Oh, and my image calibration tool doesn’t work here, but that’s fine, it didn’t work on my last jalopy. You're probably used to funny colored pictures by now anyway!

This soup recipe is from a postcard I bought a few years back, it isn’t “health food” by any means, but it’s so rich and comforting that I don’t care.

I didn’t have a lot of time, so I scrubbed the potatoes, pierced them all over with a fork, and microwaved them. I think this soup works great with the skins on the potatoes as well as off. I'll leave that up to you to decide.

2/3 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups milk
4 large baking potatoes, baked, peeled an cubed (about 4 cups)
4 green onions, sliced (Or one diced and sautéed onion)
12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 ¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
¾ teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
½ teaspoon pepper, plus more for seasoning
Garlic powder
Onion powder


In a large soup kettle or Dutch oven, melt the butter. Stir in flour; heat and stir until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring until thickened. Add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add potatoes and onions, Bring to a boil; stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; stir until cheese is melted. Season to taste with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder and serve immediately.

Serves 8 to 10

Recipe from an Idaho postcard. Picture by Laura Flowers.


Pink Little Cake said...

I sure miss you! This soup looks really good, with this cold weather is what I need. Who cares about healthy? no me!!

southern cookbook said...

Why yes Laura, I was wondering where you were! I knew something was up when you weren't active on all social networking sights Lol. The potato soup looks awesome we love that stuff, especially during the winter months. I made some a few months back it turned out great. Have a great day and keep posting! :) ~Southern Cookin

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Yes, I noticed you were gone, and you were most definitely missed!!

My son would love it if I switched to a Mac, but alas, it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!)

Hope you had a wonderful Holiday! I can imagine all the yummies you made :).

PS - love potato soup!!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Glad you're back and with a Mac. One of these days I may join the Mac side too. Love the soup. All those yummy ingredients - bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream - has to be outstanding.

Renata said...

This looks sooooo delicious!!!!!

And yep, we missed your wonderful dishes!!!

Sue said...

For what it's worth, yes, I noticed you were absent, and you were missed:)
Wow, one look at this photo, and I knew it was a keeper! Comfort food at its best! Oh my!
(My son loves his mac and has been trying to convert me!)

Mary Bergfeld said...

Such a gorgeous photo of down home goodness! I've never tried baked potatoes for potato soup. Now I'm intrigued.

shaz said...

I did miss you! Thought you were busy with Thanksgiving type stuff. I LOVE my Mac and I think once you get the hang of it you'll (hopefully) love yours too (Ok, sorry, Mac-zealotry got the better of me)

Great looking soup by the way :)

Cliff said...

We missed you, too. Thought you went to Texas to fry a turkey. I can't wait to try out this recipe! I may add a little corn to it and see how it goes.

p.s. The only mac I can handle comes with cheese.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Miss you! This looks like a nice rich soup to keep me warm through these colder nights.

Velva said...

This recipe looks really good. A very comfortings oup.

Good luck with your Mac. I have one too. It's a bit of a learning curve but, once you get it, you are hooked.

Anonymous said...

it's what I love more than anything!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Everyone!! I so missed you!

And Cliff... I'm feeling the same way about now.

Swedish Mike said...

This looks great, both the recipe and the photo. I've added this to my 'must cook' list now. Perfect comfort food for these cold winter evenings.

Thanks for the inspiration!

// Mike

Ginger said...

OK my son was looking over my shoulder and told me I should make your soup for him and that he hopes that it tastes like the soup at his favorite restaurant. My computer seems like it might follow yours to computer heaven. . . . Have a wonderful week!!


Federica Simoni said...

questo piatto è davvero eccezionale! ciao!

Mari (a/k/a Cliff's girlfriend in Hamilton) said...

Hello from the other Texan, Mari. You were definitely missed!

I don't care for Mac's unless it comes with three kinds of cheese, diced ham and green chiles. Now that is a Mac I can get excited about.

Can't wait to try your potato soup. I'm just across the border in Montana and always looking for new recipes to utilize the inexpensive taters we get from y'all.

Love your blog... keep cookin'!

JeanC said...

Welcome back :) That recipe tooks to die for. I'll have to give it a try and see if I can get hubby to eat it. Our first fight after we were married was over my potato chowder, he doesn't like potato soup and wouldn't eat the chowder. He may like this soup better.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Everyone!

~Jean the lamb on your blog looks amazing. I need to head to Vandal meats today.

~Hi Mari!! Thanks for the welcome back. I hope you like this one.

~Mike, stop tempting me with cookbooks. My husband is going to boot me out the door from all this cookbook clutter around here.


Chef Fresco said...

That soup looks so thick and delicious! Michael would love it w. that bacon!

Unknown said...

You mean you haven't fallen in love with the mac?? (I love mine to death!!) And the soup....delish! Why have I never topped my potato soup with bacon?!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Definitely missed ya 8)! Sorry about your old computer and g'luck getting to know your Mac. Wow with bacon and 2/3 C butter, that is definitely comfort food.

Federica Simoni said...

ciao Laura grazie della tua visita!
mi farebbe piacere se venissi in Italia!! un abbraccio!!

Mr. P said...

I missed you! And your writing. Welcome back!

Cristie said...

Good luck with your Mac. I have a love-hate relationship with mine. I can't wait to see what a pro can do with one.

Debbie said...

Oh my....Now I am not much of a soup person but I could devour that I'm sure in 2 seconds! Looks absolutely delicious!

Sarah said...

I missed you and your lovely comments! Let me know how you like your Mac I need to replace my laptop this spring and may have consider a change! The recipe looks scumptious!!!

2 Stews said...

I have a Mac Book Pro and Love, Love it!!! My windows desktop has been put to sleep ;-))

I am glad to see you back and expect you'll love your Mac as much as I expect to love this soup!

Pecan Pie Dude said...

I make this soup tonight for the inlaws and they loved it. Thanks!!

Tabel20 said...

Potatoes my favorite dish and with soup yummy!!! Here in Sweden we have a lot of potatoes dish. Thanks for post the nice recipe.. I will try it today :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Pecan Pie Dude thank-you for telling me!


Grandma B said...

I tried the soup but I used Velveeta since my hubby does not like cheddar cheese. It is heavenly. Add some Jalapeno cornbread and you have a feast.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I think Velveeta was a great idea Grandma B. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one.


sweden said...

thanks it taste very good :)

Restaurang said...

u have nice blog with alot of cool recipies...Thanks for sharing wonderful dishes

Unknown said...

Saw this on Look forward to trying the recipe myself. God Bless!

Sobi said...

great post :) yummy recipe

Sobi said...

wow nice :)

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