I looove baked potato soup, but it's a pain in the you-know-where to order it out because it's almost always made with chicken stock or topped/filled with ham or bacon. And it's just not something they make fresh for you without the bacon at most places (it's usually sitting in a vat in the back room all day). So, make it at home, right? Well, it's a tough one to get right. When I saw this version at Stolen Moments Cooking and how she said she'd worked at getting it right for so long, I knew I had to veggie-convert it. I'm so glad I did.
Adapted from Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe.
4 C "bacon"
1 onion, diced
5 large Russet potatoes, cubed
1/4 head cauliflower, grated or finely chopped
3 C vegetable stock
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 C milk
3 green onions, sliced (I subbed chives, as they're up in the garden)
3/4 C shredded cheese, divided (I used mozzarella)
1/2 t. black pepper
Sour cream for garnish, optional
In a large stock pot, cook the onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes, until tender.
Add potatoes, cauliflower and vegetable stock to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer about 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. With a slotted spoon, remove a few scoops of potatoes. Place in a bowl and mash with a fork. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Slowly stir in to stock pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer. Stir mashed potatoes back into pot.
Add 1/2 C shredded cheese, three-fourths of the "bacon" and half the sliced green onions (or chives) to pot. Add pepper. Stir to combine. Cook an additional 5 minutes.
To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls and top with some shredded cheese, bacon, green onions and optional sour cream.
Drool. Seriously. I had two giant bowls and everyone in the family loved this soup. It was stinking fantastic! I would bring this to parties, share with family and friends and recommend it to all potato soup lovers (even those who don't know it yet). Yum.
What's your favorite potato dish?
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