Creamy Potato Soup

13 Dec

2 cups thinly sliced onions or leeks

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups milk

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced

4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

8 oz. Swiss-style cheese such as Gruyere or baby Swiss, shredded

Fresh snipped herbs

2 oz baby Swiss cheese, thinly sliced

1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook onions in hot oil over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until tender.  Whisk together milk and flour; add to onions.  Cook and stir 5 minutes.

2. Add potatoes and chicken broth.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Remove from heat; cool slightly.

3. Puree soup, half at a time, in blender.  Return to Dutch oven; add shredded cheese.  Cook and stir over medium heat just until cheese is melted.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with fresh herbs; garnish with sliced cheese.  Serve at once.

Yield: 8 (1-cup) servings

Better Homes and Gardens, December 2009

I made this soup during the devastating Bears-Patriots game and didn’t miss a single play.  If you cut the veggies and shred the cheese ahead of time, you could easily whip this up for a get-together without missing a thing.  I love the subtle flavors of a good potato soup recipe.  This one is both light and hearty at the same time and makes a great snack, appetizer or meal.  I used organic vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth, onions instead of leeks (because I had so many in the house) and Trader Joe’s Gruyère.  I also used green onions as my fresh snipped herb.  And, of course, I used my trusty immersion blender rather than a blender.  So much easier!

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3 Responses to “Creamy Potato Soup”

  1. Babygirl December 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    Who do esn’t love soup on a cold winter day. Very nice recipe.

  2. chicagodinnerbell December 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    I make soup almost every Sunday in winter. I love that it has to cook for a while to allow the flavors to blend. All the while, you don’t have to tend to it much but it heats up the house and smells amazing. By the time it’s done, you’re always starving. And there’s almost always leftovers during the week.

  3. Babygirl December 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    You know what it is.. soup is just comforting. And like you said it gives off this incredible aroma in your home that is even more comforting. I love it.

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