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January 16, 2013

recipes {the perfect potato soup}

so despite my long hours during the week, i have been trying to continue cooking homemade meals as often as possible. last week i made a wonderful potato soup that i will be sharing with you today!

i found this recipe via the pioneer woman, a very trustworthy source!! i've never made this sort of creamy potato soup before, but i loved it & mark went back for seconds...and thirds. that's got to say something, right! if you love baked potatoes you will die for this soup! it tasted just like a baked potato to me, but so much better - considering i don't really care for actual baked potatoes...am i crazy? maybe. but this soup is just delightful.


what you'll need >>
3 slices of thin bacon {i used turkey bacon}
1/2 medium white onion, diced
2 whole carrots, cleaned {or peeled]& diced
2 stalks of celery, cleaned & diced
3 small russet potatoes, peeled & diced
4 cups low sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock
11/2 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp kosher salt
pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup of cheese of your choice for topping at the end


directions >>
1. cut the pieces of bacon into small pieces & place into a large soup pot over medium/high heat. cook until the bits of bacon are crisp. remove bacon & scoop out most of the bacon fat. leave some for flavor. {if using turkey bacon, there isn't much fat left so leave it all}
2. add diced onions, carrots & celery to the pot where the bacon was cooked. cook for 2 minutes. then add the diced potatoes, salt, pepper & cajun seasoning. cook for 5 more minutes.
3. pour in the broth & bring to a gentle boil. allow to cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are slightly tender.
4. mix the milk & flour together. pour mixture into the soup & stir. allow to cook for another 5 minutes or so.
5. remove 2/3 of the soup & put into a blender/food processor until creamy. {i used my immersion blender. i simply laddled about 2 cups of the soup into my 2 cup measuring cup & blended until smooth. dumped it back into the soup pot & did it again with 2 more cups of soup.}
>> at this point you will have a creamy soup with some chunks of potato & other veggies. if you don't like a chunky soup then just blend all of it! or if you want more chunks, blend less of it.
6. check the seasoning & add more salt/pepper if desired. finally, add the heavy cream & parsley, reserve some for garnish.
7. serve into individual bowls & top with cheese, a pinch of parsley & a sprinkle of those yummy bacon bits!


47 comments:

  1. oooo looks so yummy!
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  2. yum, I really want to make this! gorgeous pics as always!

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    1. you should! with some homemade rolls on the side ;)

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  3. Oh gosh it looks so delicious ! and the pictures look awesome , wow you are a really good photograph ! thanks for your comment on my blog , i'm sure going to follow yours, it is so pretty and you look really sweet !
    xoxo from Quebec
    thelittlegoldengirl.blogspot.com

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  4. you always make the best food! mark is one lucky guy :) i'm excited to have this recipe! thanks jenna!

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    1. haha thanks whitney! let me know if you like it.

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  5. this looks delicious :D

    http://littlemisstwiggy.blogspot.com/

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  6. oh my goodness! Your blog is amazing! Thanks for the comment love! Totally following you!

    xx

    Marianne Y
    www.BellaMariella.com

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  7. looks delicious! i must try this!

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  8. I'll try this recipe looks so yummy!!I love potato soup. we are following you now can you follow us back? Kisses

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  9. Looks so good. I love absolutely any soup. Can't wait to try it out for myself.

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

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    1. if you love soup, you'll love this! thanks for stopping by, leanne.

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  10. That soup looks good!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  11. It looks delicious!!!!!
    We love your blog! Would you like to follow each other?
    Kisses :)

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  12. Oh.my.gosh
    that looks absurdly delicious!! definitely going to try this.
    xo C

    gracebyc.blogspot.com

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  13. Ohhh yeah! I'm loving the recipes!! :)

    -Lexy

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  14. This looks beyond delicious!

    Shannon
    bigdreamsandexpensivetaste.blogspot.com

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  15. Beautiful blog! Thank you for stopping by, new follower! x

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  16. it looks so delicious!! can I have some please? ;)

    x
    http://worryaboutitlaterr.blogspot.com

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  17. This looks so yummy! Nothing beats soup on a wintery day!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I'm now following you :)

    -Ciara xo

    ciara-fay.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. this looks delicious!
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

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  19. This looks so yummy - thanks for posting! Love your blog girlie, so clean, great content and pretty pictures...a new follower! :)

    XO

    Pauline @ http://mystyleinstinct.blogspot.com

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  20. The soup looks delish. My goal is to cook from the scratch as well. I never liked the idea of cooking but recent months I really feel inspired.

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  21. mmmm yummy! I just happened on your blog and I'm TOTALLY going to be using a lot of your recipes! I just followed you too! can't wait to see some more posts from you!
    have a wonderful day, lovely lady!

    ~Morgan

    shortsleevedpants.com

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  22. Yay! Thanks for the follow, I'm now following you back. And I love getting new delicious recipe recommendations, so I can't wait to see what else you post. :)

    mulfherd.blogspot.com

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  23. Yuuummmm!!! This looks absolutely delicious! I need to try this because I love potato soup.

    I have a question! I've been doing photography for years using natural light (mostly outside.) I'm struggling with inside pictures still. It seems that I can never get the white balance right, and my pictures are always tinted.

    Do you use a flash or do you have plenty of light to work with? Your inside photos are always great!

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    1. hey! i don't typically use flash when i'm taking pictures inside. i just crank up my ISO a ton! when i'm taking pictures of food i am in my kitchen and it is usually night time. i only have the light of my kitchen but it seems to be enough. with the crepe pictures it was in the morning so the WB was easier to figure out because i had natural light coming in. most of my pictures do have a warm/yellow tone to them so i edit them a bit to get a cooler WB! what camera do you use again?????

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    2. That's exactly what I do! Daytime pictures are a breeze, but I struggle more when I do not have natural light. I use a Canon 7D!

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  24. Yum, I love potato soup, thanks so much for sharing your recipe and the pics too, I'm a very visual person and it helps for me to see the end product.

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  25. I have to admit that your work is absolutely astonishing. Vibrant colors and great composition. I am sure your clients are absolutely happy"
    Fashion photographer in boston ma.

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