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Fall and Soup

It’s our first really Fall-ish day, without it technically being Fall.  And I can’t really complain, because I love fall.  Crisp cool air, Autumn colors, apples, cider, pumpkins…We even got married in the Fall, the first day of Fall, to be precise.  I’ve actually been wanting Fall for weeks now.

P1130253It was a perfect day for soup.  A warm, thick soup that warms the family on such a cool night.  Along with the cold, it’s rained all day, with some fairly nasty dark clouds and cold winds.  The moment I woke up, I knew I wanted to make soup. Potato soup immediately came to mind.  And bacon.  Thus…today’s menu was Bacon Potato soup.  Simple.  Easy.  Delicious!  Oh and my house smelled like bacon.  Win!

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 baking potatoes, cooked and cut into cubes
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. bacon drippings
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 celery stalk and leaves, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish

Directions:

A peak inside the tureen

A peak inside the tureen

1.  Cook potatoes (I boiled them) and fry up the bacon.  Cook them nice and crisp, and set aside.  Save a few tablespoons of the drippings, and saute the onions until translucent.  Throw in the garlic, and the flour, and let cook about 2 minutes.

2.  Slowly pour in the broth, and cook until bubbly and thick, over medium heat.  Stir in the celery, parsley, salt and pepper.  Add the potatoes and then carefully use an immersion blender to blend it all up.

3. Stir in the two cups of half and half, and simmer around 10 minutes.  Mix in the bacon, serve hot.  Feel free to top with cheese and enjoy.

It was delicious.  Lilia ate an entire bowl, which is unusual, and I was hard pressed not to have more than two myself.  Best of all?  Leftovers.  I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow too!

Now…go.  And make yourself some warm soup.

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