Friday, September 12, 2008

Real Recipe Friday

We've made it to another Friday, and that means another recipe for YOU! I love the idea of sharing recipes on Fridays. Whatever I can do to make your family mealtimes easier and more delicious, I'll do.

Since it's cooling down in this area of the country, I decided I'd share a soup recipe today. For those of you new to my blog, I live in MN, land of 10,000 lakes, 10,000 mosquitoes, and 10,000 snowflakes (times a million)! Although yesterday, it was really cool in the morning but by afternoon, the temp had risen to nearly 80! I about suffocated when I went outside in my cozy sweats to find it sweltering hot and muggy!

A few days ago I made Baked Potato Soup for dinner. Youngest Son was craving it. I found this recipe on the Internet last winter and the family loved it (except Eldest Son...he doesn't eat potatoes!). It's from Cooking The bulk of this recipe called for low fat ingredients, but I did not use them, so I will just list the ingredients I did use. If you want to use the low fat version, please go here for the original recipe. The great thing about this recipe is that you can bake the potatoes anytime during the day, and then throw the soup together right before dinner. It's quick and easy!

4 baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2/3 cup flour
6 cups skim milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (I used a bit more:))
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup chopped green onions
8-10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
One bouillon cubed, crushed or a spoonful of chicken soup base (I use the pasty stuff that comes in a jar and you leave it in the's by FAR makes the best tasting chicken broth)
The original recipe does not call for the chicken bouillon, but I find it gives the soup a better flavor. Typically I use a chicken soup base to flavor my chicken broth, but this time I didn't have any so I just crushed the bouillon cube and just threw it into the soup.

Preheat oven to 400 and bake potatoes for one hour or until soft. Remove. Cool. Then peel potatoes and coarsely mash into bowl. Discard skins.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, level with a knife. Place flour in a large dutch oven. Gradually add mild, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium hat until thick and bubbly (original recipe said 8 minutes, mine took longer). Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese (I added a bit more), salt & pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.

Stir in sour cream, bouillon, and 1/2 cup of the green onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes until thoroughly heated (do not boil as this is a creamy soup and it will scorch!!!).

Serve in bowls. Top with more cheese, green onions and crumbled bacon.

Doesn't this soup look yummy? This is my soup happily posing for you in a beautiful red Fiesta ware bowl! The three of us gobbled it down in no time! In fact, I had the leftovers the next day and it was still good. Alongside the soup I served a crunchy french baguette and called it a meal. A salad would be wonderful with it too.

I hope one of these days you get a chance to make this soup for your own family. I would say I know you'll love it, but you just never know. People have different tastes. I know this is a keeper for us!

Have a great weekend!


p.s. I have a bit of good news for you! Doug will be freelance engineering some SEC football games for ESPN Radio! He will be traveling to Auburn, AL for the Auburn/LSU game next weekend, and the weekend after that he might be headed to Waco, TX for the Baylor game. Can I just tell you how GEEKED he is to be doing these games? This is REAL football, CRAZY football, FAN football and he is beside himself with excitement. Mind you, he's done this sort of thing for NFL games for years, but THIS is an opportunity of a lifetime for him....real college football! God continues to provide for us in great ways.


  1. The soup recipe sounds (and looks) delicious! I am always in the lookout for lower calorie meals.

    And I am THRILLED to hear of Doug's good news!!!

  2. Amy, the soup looks yummy! Will have to try it!! Even though I'm in Georgia, we only live 30 miles from Auburn!! We usually root for Auburn, but when they play LSU... .. hubby is from LA. so it's LSU all the way!!! Doug will find the temperature here ALOT different from Minnesota this time of year. It was 72 degrees at 6:00 this morning and pretty muggy. Probably another high 80 or 90 degree day here!! Prayers answered that Doug has some work lined up!!!

  3. The recipe sounds yummy!!! I was craving baked potato soup earlier this week when fall made an early appearance here. Since I hadn't found that perfect recipe yet, I wasn't motivated enough. Now - I feel the motivation and strong desire to make the soup. Hope to try it out this weekend - thanks for sharing it! YAY! for Doug and the freelance engineering. Continuing to pray for God's guidance as you both search for jobs.

  4. This recipe sounds worderful. I tried the chicken marinade you featured last week and it was delicious! Can't wait to try this one now too. I'm local in MN so I know what you mean about the chilly weather.

  5. Anonymous11:47 AM

    We will definietly try this soup - it sounds so good, plus, although we have been in OKC since 1976 we are originally from Waco and both graduated from Baylor - tell him to have fun and congrats!

  6. Amy, I am so happy for you and Doug that he will be doing something he loves! Bless you and the family!
    Sorry, I'm not crazy for pootoes soup, but it sounds good anyway!!

  7. Wow. . your picture makes that soup look gorgeous!! I'm definitely putting this on my try list. I LOVE potato soup and if it's a tried and true recipe, that's even better!!

    And congrats to Doug! Sounds like a dream job! Hope it all works out well for him!

  8. I'm rejoicing with you over doug's freelance jobs. God is so good to not only give him the jobs, but to let it be something he is so pumped over. : )

    The soup sounds fabulous. I can't wait to try it, but will need groceries first.

  9. The soup looks good , but I'm so happy about your husband's new adventure.

  10. Amy, thanks for the recipes! I made last week's chicken recipe this week and we LOVED it. Praise God for Doug's good news! God is faithful!

  11. Soup looks delish, praise God for your hubby's work blessing.....but Amy, scorching hot at 80???? LOL I laughed out loud at that one, girl. :) I wish it would stay at 80 around here (OKC). But MN is so far north, 80 would be a little warm for ya, probably.

    Looking forward to another card next week. :)

  12. oh man!! why don't you come to waco with him and i can meet you there!! it will only take me about 3 hours to get there! that's so great for him, congrats!!

  13. Amy, that is great news about Doug. God is Good! Give him congrats for me. Hope you are well. Let's play some fall golf sometime soon! have a great weekend!

  14. How perfect as I was just thinking about Potato soup the other day!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Awesome news about your husband...yes, God is good!
    And congrats on being a finalist and winning that awesome prize basket! You are truly blessed!

  15. Mary (Happy Now)8:46 AM

    SO excited to see a recipe feature on your blog! I LOVE trying new recipes, and this soup looks YUMMY! Thanks!

  16. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds great! Today is BSU's (Boise State) homecoming game. Alot of festivities. Fall is about here. Yeah!

  17. I just love that you're including recipes. Always good to find new ones and the ones you post are things easy to find! Thank you!

  18. Yummo! I think I'll be making this for dinner!! Thanks for sharing :)


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