Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recipe Club - Baked Potato Soup Edition

Today I'm going to share the very best baked potato soup recipe there ever was.  For real.
This soup is hearty and rich and NOT part of any diet plan, but sooooooooo worth it when it's cold outside and you're craving some crazy good soup.

Start off with 4 large baking potatoes.  I poked a bunch of holes in mine, baked them at 400 degrees for about an hour and a half (just until I could slide through them easily) and then cut them in half and let them cool for a few minutes so I could handle them.

Then I scooped out as much of the potato as I could.  I broke up the super large chunks, but for the most part just left them alone after I scooped.  If you only had small potatoes, this should give you an idea of how much actual potato you'll need.

Here's what I used...
- 4 Large baking potatoes (baked and scooped)
- 12 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
- 6 cups milk (I used 4 cups whole and 2 cups skim - because YUM!)
- 2/3 cup butter or margarine (or if you're like me you can gather up all those weird little end pieces you have int he fridge and use both butter and margarine to make up the total amount)
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1.5 cups cheese
- Green onions

Step one is to melt your butter on low heat...

... then stir in the flour until it's smooth.

Whisk it around and don't let it burn!  Cook for about a minute.

Gradually stir in the milk and cook over medium (stirring CONSTANTLY so it doesn't burn!) until it's bubbly and thick.

I'm not going to lie... mine took about 20 minutes of stirring on medium to actually boil and thicken up.  MY arm was tired, but I'm PRETTY SURE I burned enough calories to justify eating the giant-sized portion I had :)

After it finally got thick and bubbly, I put in the potatoes, a handful of bacon, about a cup of cheese and a bunch of green onions.

I stirred it all together, then added in more of everything (along with salt and pepper).

After everything is heated thoroughly, add in the 8 oz of sour cream, stir and keep warm on the stove.

I served ours in bread bowls (from Panera... because who wants to make bread bowls!) and topped it with extra bacon, onions and cheese.

This recipe is a little labor intensive... BUT so worth it.  I promise.  If you want it "lighter" you could use 2% milk, low fat sour cream and less cheese.... but you need to make it the "real" way at least once.  SO YUMMY!  I served this when we had Shay, Andrew and their kids over on Monday night and it was a big hit with everyone.  Dave has requested this as a "football night" meal and I will GLADLY oblige his request.  

Let me know if you make it and tell me what you think!  Happy Fall, y'all!!!

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  1. Looks so yummy!!!! The perfect "football night" meal!

  2. This recipe looks great! Especially served in a bread bowl! Thanks for hosting the Link-Up!

  3. Here's what I think. It's 6:02 a.m., and I want a big piping hot bowl of soup.....extra cheese and extra bacon please. Let's be honest, an extra spoonful of sour cream too.

  4. It's supposed to only be 50 degrees here this weekend so this will be our perfect meal sunday! Thanks for sharing...and I will be using no skim, no non fat nothing!!!!! Happy wednesday

  5. This. Looks. Amazing. Will definitely be making this!! Also, I emailed you about Christmas cards... I know you are super busy but I really want to get on your list!! Thanks!

  6. Andrea-
    I am thinking of using your Creamy Tortellini Soup for my daughter's 3rd bday party-do you think it is a recipe that most people would like? For 20 people should I double the recipe up? Thanks!!!

  7. I'm super, super, super honored (and thrilled!) that you made this soup on Monday night for my little family! We all LOVED it! So, so, so yummy!!! Thanks girl!!

  8. It's gotten so cold here in Virginia (literally overnight) and I was looking for something extra warm and cozy for dinner tonight. You have given me the perfect recipe!! This looks SO good!

  9. I made this prior to reading your post today. Coming from TX and now living in MN, there's more than just a little temp change.

  10. I can't wait to try it! My husband will love it!

  11. Ok, I can't wait to make this! I've made a similar potato soup with mashed potatoes but I love the chunks way better....and the sour cream? Amazing! :)

  12. That soup looks so good! My hubby doesn't like soup so if I ever make it I eat the whole pot - it can take a while... but that looks like it would be so worth it [and gone pretty quickly too!].

  13. Made this for dinner tonight!!!! AMAZING!!!! Thank you for sharing :)

  14. Made this the other night and it was delish! Tasted great for leftovers the next day, too!

  15. So, I was sitting in class (at UTD haha) dang stats class when my stomach was growling and I was craving soup. Randomly thought of this recipe and decided I was going to make it tonight. Mine was super thick (I had to do lactose/gluten free everything and there's not lactose free sour extra milk next time? I'm not even slightly exaggerating when I say your recipes are a hit with my family every. single. time. it never fails. I'm thinking your next big project…..a foodie blog??

  16. My husband and I loved this recipe! It was perfect for a cold day in Wisconsin. We're definitely adding this to regular meal rotation in winter. Thanks for sharing.