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THE BEST POTATO SOUP



This is a great recipe to make, especially when you don't have any meat in the house. It has a lot of flavor and is great to freeze as leftovers. I highly recommend this as a fast, fall meal. Great with biscuits and/or rolls.

PREP TIME: 20 min
COOK TIME: 45 min
YIELD: 8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 pounds - baby red potatoes
                 
(sliced into small bite sized pieces)
1/2 regular package - uncooked bacon
(finely diced)
1 medium - onion (diced)
1/4 bunch - celery (diced)
8 cups - milk
4 cups - water
4 chicken bouillon cube
             
(use a cup of the hot potato water to
              dissolve, then use the cup of hot water
              in place of one of the above cups of water)

1 teaspoon - salt
1 teaspoon - black pepper
3/4 cup - salted butter
3/4 cup - flour
1/4 bunch - freshly chopped parsley
1 cup - whipping cream

GARNISH:

Shredded cheese
fried bacon bits
chopped green onions

DIRECTIONS:

1. In large pot, boil potatoes in water for 10 minutes.

2. Drain and set aside.

3. In sauté pan, cook bacon until crisp.

4. Drain bacon fat and place bacon on paper towel
   over plate to drain more.

5. In bacon pan, add onion and celery over medium-high
   heat until celery is tender, about 5 minutes.

6. In the large pot, add milk, water, bullion,
   salt and pepper.

7. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is
   very hot, about 8 minutes, stirring often.
  
(Do not let mixture boil)

8.  In small, heavy saucepan melt butter , and add
    flour and mix well. Cook over medium-low heat
    until mixture bubbles, stirring 2 to 3 minutes to
    make a roux.

9. While constantly stirring soup, add roux slowly until
   soup is thick and creamy, about 4 minutes.

10. Then add the onions and celery.

11. Then stir in parsley, potatoes, and cream.

12. Garnish with cheese, bacon bits, onions or all three.

13. Serve hot and Enjoy !!!


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