Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Potato Soup

In December 1985 things were rough. I was pregnant with Valarie, money was very tight to non-existant. It was still another week until I got paid. I was hungry. I searched around the kitchen to find something to cook. Finally I found 2 or 3 potatoes and an onion. I decided to make potato soup. I had some chicken broth cubes so I added them to some water and heated it, diced the onion and added it, salt and pepper and peeled and diced the potatoes and added them. It was done. Rick, bless his heart, decided it needed more pepper. I had already added plenty. He added more and more until we couldn't eat it! We found some change and bought some gas and went to mom's until I got paid the next Friday. Rick would frequently tell that story and add: "and she won't let me live it down" haha. He loved potato soup! He had it often. I like to cook with Campbells potato soup. I add it to my chicken pot pie. That recipe is somewhere in this blog.....

Potato Soup
1 onion (sweet) sauteed in 1 tbsp oil or bacon drippings
1 or 2 ribs celery sauteed with the onion
2 cans chicken broth
1 to 2 cans water
1 bag steam and mash potatoes uncooked
or peel, wash and cube 7 to 9 potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and simmer over low heat until potatoes are tender. I saute the onion and celery in the pan I am cooking the soup in.

You can add shredded cheese to your taste, bacon bits, sour cream as desired. Some folks like to add a small block of cream cheese to the soup to add richness.

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