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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hearty Potato Soup (Crockpot)

We liked this recipe and I loved that it was so quick to chop up and toss in the crock-pot, and that I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry or food storage all the time. With the exception of half-and-half I never have this on hand. This recipe comes from www.myrecipes.com it listed this soup with a bread bowl recipe "Italian Bread Bowls."

Hearty Potato Soup (myrecipes.com)
6 (2 1/2 lbs) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I used 3-3 1/2 lbs)
2 medium onions, diced
2 carrots, thinly sliced (I used 5--carrots are my kids favorite part)
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced (I used 3 celery ribs)
2 ( 14 1/2 oz) cans low-sodium fat-free chicken broth (I used 4 cans or make the broth or make it with bouillon cubes)
1 teaspoon dried Basil (I used 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon Salt (I used about 2 teaspoons by the time I was done)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fat-free half-and-half (1 cup half and half or what milk I have on hand. If I use milk I add a little more flour to help thicken it.)

(* One note to self: We love the bread bowls but they are so filling. The recipe recommends making 8 bowls out of the recipe. I am going to shoot for 16 next time.)

Combine first 8 ingredients in a 4 1/2 quart slow cooker (If you use my measurements then toss it in a 5 quart crock-pot).

Cook, covered, on High for 3 - 4 hours or until vegetables are tender.

Stir together the flour and half-and-half; stir into soup. Cover and cook 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve in Italian Bread Bowls, and garnish with fresh celery leaves, if desired.

1 comment:

Kim Possible said...

Yummy soup, we enjoyed the flavor. It wasn't a bland potato soup. Thanks!
I made the mistake of adding the half and half w/everything else (lesson learned = read all the way through a recipie first). So for the last half our I just mixed the [called for] flower w/a little more half and half. It still seemed to turn out okay but we're excited to try it again and do it right. Just FYI for anyone who does the same--don't throw it out thinking you messed it all up. It will still taste good.
Oh and **we'd probably suggest still using the 5qt because it was just barely too much for our 4qt....a little extra wiggle (or boiling) room never hurts, right?