Potato Soup

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Fall is here so that means it’s time to bring on the soup!!  Quite honestly, I like soup all year long.  I use soup to sneak in all kinds of vegetables into the twinadoes’ meals.  Something about soup form makes everything so much more appealing to them.

This soup is super simple and easy on the wallet.  And of course, like most soup, easy to change up and customize to suit your tastes.  A full pound of bacon seems like a lot, especially when you see other recipes that call for just a few strips.  However, I do trim off the majority of the extra fat, which significantly reduces the amount.  Also, I like a meatier potato soup but if you do not simply reduce the amount of bacon.  And the cream… yes I do use 2 cups of heavy cream and no this is not a diet soup.  You can use a lower fat milk if you must, just don’t tell me about it.  Carrots are a nice addition to this as well, in lieu of or along with the corn.

For the Recipe:

1 16 oz. package of bacon, trimmed of excess fat and cut into small strips

2 onions (about 2 c.), chopped

1 tsp. pepper

3 ribs of celery, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. thyme

2 tsp. salt

6 c. potatoes, cubed

5 c. chicken stock, homemade preferred

1 tsp. ground fennel

2 c. heavy cream

1 1/2 c. corn (optional)

1/4 c. flour

1/4 c. water

In a heavy bottom pot fry the bacon until it’s slightly crispy, drain excess fat leaving roughly 2 tbsp..

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Add the onions and pepper, cook for 5 or so minutes until the onions are translucent.  Add Celery, cook for another 5 minutes then add garlic, thyme, and salt, cook for another 3-4 minutes until celery is softened.  Add potatoes, stock, and fennel.  Cook for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are tender then add the heavy cream.  Let the cream heat up a bit then add the corn.  Cook for 5 or so minutes.  To thicken, combine the flour and water and add to the pot while stirring.  Once it heats back up it will start to thicken.  This needs to cook for a few minutes to cook the flour taste out.  Taste for seasoning, add more as needed to suit your taste.

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