Believe it or not, that picture was taken last week on one of the lightest snow days we've seen lately. We're in for a long winter!
Nothing seems to take the chill off like a nice piping hot bowl of soup. I found this recipe in a church cookbook I bought at a yard sale last summer, and it was a big hit! Chocked full of veggies, thick and creamy . . . this soup is definitely comforting on a cold winter night. Did I mention it takes about 30 minutes to whip up? Love it!
Hearty Potato Soup -- Cross Creek Church Cookbook
- 6 Medium potatoes, chopped (peel 'em or don't peel 'em . . .your choice! We left ours unpeeled)
- 2 Carrots, diced
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 quarts water
- 1 onion, chopped
- 6 TBSP real butter (Don't freak out on me here. Just add the butter in real quick and forget about how fattening it is. You need the extra insulation for the winter, anyway!)
- 6 TBSP flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- In a large kettle, cook potatoes, carrots, and celery in boiling water until tender (about 20 minutes).
- Drain, reserving the liquid. Set veggies aside.
- In the same kettle, saute onion in butter. Stir in flour and seasonings. Add milk gradually, stirring constantly until thickened (it'll start to take on the form of gravy . . . that's when you know you're dealing with a high-quality potato soup, folks. Or maybe that's just my southern talking.)
- Add veggies and 1 cup or more of the reserved cooking liquid (I actually added it all back in because mine was prrrettty thick.)
Go ahead and do yourself a favor and slap some sour cream and white cheddar in the bowl before you gobble this up.
This soup serves 8, and would be perfect paired with Cheddar Cheese Biscuits. Nathan's Aunt Karen gave me this recipe at my bridal shower, and it's so simple to throw together. You won't regret making these. Maybe your thighs will, but your conscience won't. Trust me on this.
Aunt Karen's Cheese Biscuits -- Aunt Karen
*Makes 12For the biscuits:
- 2 c. Baking Mix (I used Jiffy)
- 3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 c. melted butter
- 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes (or Italian seasonings)
- Stir together biscuit ingredients and drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- While hot, brush with butter mixture.