I Need Chunks of Potatoes

Texture is such a component of cooking that very often is underrated.

When I last made potato soup I had just received my immersion blender for Christmas. As the soup was cooking I happily put the blender in the pot and with a quick flick of the switch it was on. I ran it for 10-20 seconds and when I was done, I had perfectly pureed soup. It was just so easy.

Then I went to eat it. Something was missing. In my mind when I am eating potato soup, I need chunks of potatoes. Not big chunks, but I need some never less. The taste was the same but the texture was off.

This time, with a different recipe, I kept texture in mind.

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This was a nice hearty soup.

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Somehow the scallions didn’t make the picture.

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Skinned and diced. Ready for the microwave.

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Building the soup. I put in about 2/3 of the potatoes and then used my immersion blender. This thickened the soup and spread the potato flavor. I then added the other 1/3 to have the chunky texture.

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I added some bacon bits into the soup. Probably about 1/2 cup.

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And added cheese, scallions and bacon bits at the end.

Loaded Potato Soup

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 15 min | Makes: 12

Ingredients:

  • 8 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Bacon bits
  • Sliced scallions
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Place cubed potatoes into a glass dish, and cook in the microwave oven for 7 to 10 minutes, or until soft.

2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour until smooth, then gradually stir in the milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

3. Stir in the potatoes and onion, and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in the sour cream and Cheddar cheese until melted and well blended. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with cheese, scallions and bacon on top.

Nutritional Info:

NutritionAmount Per Serving (12 total) Calories 338 cal 17% Fat 16.6 g 26% Carbs 37.6 g 12% Protein 10.7 g 21% Cholesterol 47 mg 16% Sodium 202 mg 8% See More Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Source: http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/13083/recipeloaded-potato-soup-i

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Categories: Cheese2, Lunch2, Pork, Soup and Stew, Vegetable2

Author:The Ranting Chef

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6 Comments on “I Need Chunks of Potatoes”

  1. May 17, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I need chunks of potatoes too 🙂

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  2. May 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    what I do — to have some chunks — is to just put the potato masher to the taters in the pot and mash a few times. Some get smushed and others not and I am happy with the result. 🙂

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  3. May 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I agree… sometimes you have to go with your own tastes. For potato soup, I’m with you… gotta have chunks!

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  4. May 18, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Agree texture is important! Here most soups are pureed and I find I miss the chunkiness of vegetable soup too.

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  5. May 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    As I do with a lot of your recipes, I’ve pinned this one — it sounds and looks so good!

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  6. May 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Chunks are required….even in mashed potatoes! Then you know you’ve got “the real thing”!!

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