Monday, November 8, 2010

The Soup Nazi: Potato Soup

T came home two weeks ago, breathless with excitement over a purchase he had made at Wal-Mart.

"Um, that's a really big bag of potatoes." I said, eyeing the lumpy sack he was clutching.

"Yeah! It's 15 pounds." he replied, dumping the bag ceremoniously on the kitchen table. "It was only 6 dollars!"

I didn't realize that one could experience such heights of joy over potatoes.

So I guessed we'd be eating a lot of potatoes and started looking for some new recipes online. I found a great potato soup recipe on that I thought I'd share with you today.

Golden Potato Soup

3 cups peeled and cubed potatoes (I was in too much of a hurry to cube anything. I just chopped 'em up into bits)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion (I used onion flakes)
1 cube chicken bullion
1 cup water
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
2 tsp. all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded American cheese
1 cup chopped ham

1. In a large stock pot, add potatoes, celery, onion, chicken bullion, water, and parsley flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until vegetables become tender.
2. In a separate bowl, mix flour and milk. Once it is well blended, add to soup mixture and cook until soup becomes thick. (I added slightly more flour to make a thicker soup)
3. Stir in cheese, cooked ham, or hamburger, and simmer until cheese is melted. (I added the cheese to the individual servings because T is weird and hates cheese)

I'm going to make a confession here. When I took the girls to buy the soup ingredients, it was a Saturday morning at Wal-Mart, which is a death sentence in and of itself. We looked all over the place for chicken bullion, which they did not have. Seriously, who doesn't have chicken bullion? Apparently Wal-Mart.

So by the time I was ready to visit the deli for the ham, I had two whiney kids and no chicken bullion, and we were also late to a birthday party. So I made a short cut. I bought canned ham. I did. It's true.

And you know what? It wasn't horrible. You couldn't really tell too much of a difference because I tried to chop it into small pieces. It was either canned ham or wait in line at the deli while the kids ransacked the bakery.

I went for the easier route.

And here was my result:

This is a fantastic Fall weather comfort food recipe!

Now for the other 13 pounds of potatoes....

(If you have any clue at all as to where I found the inspiration for this blog's title, then you know exactly where this post is going.)

*Come and join Soup-a-Palooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish, sponsored by Bush's BeansHip HostessPillsbury, and Westminster Crackers.


Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Potato soup is one of my favorite soups. Yum!

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Oh! I made a cheddar broccoli soup over the weekend & added potatoes to it & it was awesome! My hubby grew up on steak & potatoes so he would have been just as excited as T :-) He loves when this island girl uses potatoes in our dishes instead of my favorite starch...rice :-D

Ginny said...

Love the Soup Nazi!
Your soup looks amazing too!

Holly said...

Husbands going to grocery store=frustration. I can give Craig a list with very specific brands and the exact aisle to find it, and he will always always get at least one thing wrong, usually more. Oh, and according to him the store usually "doesn't carry" several things on my list...he couldn't find it anywhere!

Dawn said...

yum, potato soup is my favorite!

Stephanie said...

That is such a guy thing. My husband will do the same thing and buy the most random stuff because of the price. Au Gratin potatoes maybe? Hash brown bake for breakfast or a breakfast that is a lot of potatoes.

Kim's Treasures said...

LOL! It looks delicious! And here I am freaking out about how to use the 5 lbs of potatoes that I bought for 2 people!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

I can only imagine how proud T was with his potatoes :)

I love potato soup and mashed potatoes and potato pancakes. Send some my way if/when you get sick of them!!

Dawn said...

I love potato soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It's looks yummy.

I love, love the Soup Nazi!! So funny.

I posted a recipe today as well.
Happy Monday!

Melanie said...

Oh how I LOVE potato soup!! I must make some very soon..seeing your post made my mouth water! LOL!

Michaela said...

Yum! This looks delicious. Potato soup is one of the only soups I like!

sjk said...

yummy!potato soup has been added to my to do list for tonight! I love potato soup too!great pic!love your blog!

Charity said...

This looks delish!! I'm reading from my phone so I may be missing it, but I see where you said to mix the flour and milk, but I don't see how much milk to use ! How much do we use? :)

Debbie said...

Love that episode of Seinfeld! What a classic.
The soup sounds great too.

FrouFrouBritches said...

YUM! I loooove potato soup. I can't believe they didn't have chicken bouillon. The probably switched it to some aisle that doesn't make any sense whatsoever! Great substitution though! Very smart! Potato soup is awesome fall comfort food!

slommler said...

Soup looks wonderful. I love potato soup and it looks like you will be making more soon!! Ha!
On sale huh? LOL!

Mary Joy said...

Oh how yummy!!! I love potato soup! Good luck with the 15 pounds of potatoes. We eat about 10 pounds every 2-2 1/2 weeks. I love adding them to soups! And my husband loves to have chili poured over a baked potato, spaghetti sauce over a baked potato instead of over pasta, its actually a pretty good carb to work with. LOL Try vegetable soup with fresh potatoes in it. I use two different recipes for vegetable soup. I am going to start sharing soup recipes on my blog on Tuesdays. Keep us posted on how it goes for you! LOL

My prayers are with you! :D


Mary Joy

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Oh my goodness, I love the Soup Nazi episode. And, picturing your husband proudly bringing home sale potatoes just MAKES MY DAY. Men crack me up. The things they get excited about.

I have a strange aversion to ham, but this actually looks pretty good. Maybe I could go ham-less? Or ham-in-a-can-less? ;)

Southern Fried Gal said...

Nothing says momma's loving to me like potato soup. I didn't like chicken noodle so she always made potato for me. This looks so tasty!

I LOVE the soup nazi episode - especially Elaine.

Thanks for sharing, Schmoopy!

Xazmin said...

I'm definitely going to try it. I just got 20 lbs of amazing Idaho potatoes from my cousin in Idaho (I know, amazing, right? hehe) Anyway - I LOVE my spicy sausage and potato soup recipe - but I gotta have some variety - you know?

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Ah, what a classic Seinfeld episode! :) This soup looks really good, even if it does have canned ham! It's a great time of year to be making soup... I have a recipe for a yummy potato, dumpling, & green bean soup. I'll have to post it on my blog sometime. I also recently ran across a potato cheese soup recipe on AllRecipes - haven't tried it yet, but it looks good!

Paula said...

I love potato soup and this is certainly the time of year for it. I detest shopping for groceries at Walmart. They never have exactly what I want.

A delicious way to use up some of those potatoes would be to cut them into cubes, toss with EVOO and S&P, and bake at 400 for about 20 min. (Toss them at 10 min.) This is one of my favorite sides.

Richella said...

Your soup looks delicious!

I have to confess, I was never a Seinfeld fan. I'm sure I would have liked it; I just never watched it. So I watched your clip, and seeing it makes me want to watch the whole episode!

I have a yummy, yummy recipe that calls for 2 lbs. of potatoes. Let me know if you'd like to have it!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

I LOVE Soup Nazi! Thanks for the laugh and the memories :) This soup looks really good.

The Constant Complainer said...

I love potato soup and "The Soup Nazi" episode!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Love the post title:) I have been wanting to make potato soup...but all that peeling takes forever! Maybe when it gets a little cooler down here I will try it, because yours looks really yummy!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I remember that Seinfeld episode. Your soup looks good.

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