Saturday, January 13, 2018

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

Wow! That was some bout with the flu! I am finally, at long last, beginning to feel back to normal. I have a bit of energy, as well as ambition, and I say a hearty welcome to both!

One of the difficult things about living alone is that, when you get sick, you have no one to care for you. You can't feebly ask for a glass of juice from your sick bed. Nope, you've got to get that glass of juice yourself. You also have to make sure that you stay hydrated, and fed, because both of these things are important to recovery.

Well, I may live alone, but I have a wonderful housemate in the form of my trusty crockpot. I got through two weeks of the flu on two big batches of soup, the first I shared with you
here; the second is below. As you can well imagine, when you're sick you don't feel like doing a thing, so the slow cooker comes in particularly handy at these crucial times.

This recipe requires a tiny bit of work in making a roux to add to the soup near the end, but other than that, it's pretty easy to put together. You've probably seen a number of recipes for crockpot potato soup, mine is different in that I leave the skin on the potatoes. Most of the nutrition in a potato is contained in the skin, and when you're unwell (or really at any time), why throw that nutrition away?

This delicious soup got me through my last week of suffering, and now I'm looking forward to making something I can actually chew. Stay tuned!
Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

1 3-lb. bag
Melissa’s Dutch Baby Yellow Potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 slices bacon, cooked and rough chopped
1 tablespoon dried parsley
3 cups chicken broth
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes, onion, garlic, bacon, parsley, and chicken broth into the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high, until the potatoes are fork tender.

Once the soup has cooked, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat; whisk in flour until completely combined. Gradually add the cream, whisking until smooth. Allow mixture to cook until thickened. Add the milk-flour mixture to the slow cooker and stir to combine.

Using a fork or potato masher, mash potatoes until chunky.

Stir in the cheddar and sour cream. Taste for seasoning. Continue cooking the soup on low for 30 minutes or on high for 15 minutes. Serve, garnished with additional cheddar and bacon.

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Denise said...

Oh wow, Pattie, this looks scrumptious!! I've already pinned to my Pinterest board. I make a creamy potato soup that I've been making for years, but it's stove top and not crockpot. It would be interesting to give this one a try. :) Thank you for sharing with us.

Sure is good to read that you're on the mend. I've had flu enough times to know it can surely lay you low. It's a miserable sick, isn't it? I hope you have a good weekend!


Denise at Forest Manor

sandy said...

looks delicious - glad u are feeling better and more ambitious. I'm sure this soup helped!

this one i want to try.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

So glad that your feeling so much better. That flu is really bad.

That is one reason why I got a room mate, someone in the house. She is a really good person, nice and clean.

I have COPD, so I know how bad things can get. i am Cloroxing my kitchen every day and washing my hands all the time.

Soup sounds so good, will have to try it.

Take care.

Mary said...

So glad you're feeling better Pattie! I love crock pot potato soup and yours sound great, I am impressed you were able to cook!

judee said...

Nothing like a good soup to help you heal. I like your attitude calling your crock pot your house mate and helper. It is tough to be alone and care for yourself when you are sick. So glad you found a way to keep yourself nourished and glad you are felling better. I depend on my crock pot too- I love it..

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Pattie: This really sounds like a good soup. I love making soups especially this time of year and I love using the crockpot also and having something left over for another meal. Will add all ingredients to my next week's shopping list..Have a great week..Judy

Miz Helen said...

Hi Pattie,
You and I must have been on the same recovery rate for this horrible flu that we had. It is so good to start to feel better and get some sort of normal in life again. Your Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup would have been a perfect recovery soup that would sure have helped me along that path. So glad you are feeling better!! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen