WOW! I can't believe a month has gone by since last Month's Surprise Recipe Swap! I am so happy that Jutta from The Hungry Little Girl invited me to join in the fun.
This month the blog I was assigned to is Domesblissity. I really enjoyed reading all about Anne and browsing through her posts. (You really need to read her "About Me" page!) It was really hard for me to single one recipe out. I had three I really wanted to try and ended up just putting the names in a hat and having Kevin draw one.
Why did I have Kevin draw the name? Well you see, one of the recipes was for soup and if you have been reading my blog for very long you know he groans every time I have soup on the menu for dinner. He just doesn't think it is a "meal" even though every time I make it he loves it...men!! Can't live with them, can't.......err feed them soup!
Well, as luck would have it, he drew the soup!! I was secretly very happy inside, and sort of giggling..... OK I was laughing my butt off! He of course did the "face" but I ignored it and got out my shopping list so I could get down to work.
I am happy to report that soup came out wonderful, and Kevin again had to agree with me that soup can indeed be a meal!!
Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon
Adapted from Domesblissity
1 pound of bacon, chopped
1 yellow onion, diced
2 small or 1 large carrot, diced
4 large Russet potatoes , peeled and diced small (about 1/4 inch)
1/4 cup flour
4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
2 cups half and half
fresh chives, chopped (optional)
In a 6 to 8 quart bacon, over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve on a paper towel.
In the bacon fat cook the onions, and carrots until the onions are translucent. about 5 to 7 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Whisk in flour and stir constantly. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Add chicken stock and half of the cooked bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring soup to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Mash some of the potatoes for a creamier texture and add the half and half. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
Adjust the thickness by adding more stock if necessary to reach a creamy consistency. Ladle into shallow bowls and top with your choice of garnish.
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