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Homemade Potato Soup + Cornbread


Mmmmmm what's better than a hot bowl of soup and a crumbly piece of cornbread on a chilly fall day or night? I love to make a pot of soup or chili on Sundays to cook while we watch football...it's just relaxing, and kind of hugs the soul. Then I can eat on the leftovers during the week!


This potato soup was delicious and made a ton for us to enjoy for several days afterwards. Mike says you can't have potato soup without cornbread so I made my very first batch of cornbread ever and it was amaaaazing! I simply looked up a five-star recipe that was easy to follow and quick to make, and I decided to go with this Betty Crocker recipe. It's not your iron skillet/crispy crust/salty variety...it's got more of a sweetness to it, which I really like.


But back to the soup. This was really so simple to make and had great flavor! It does start with a base of bacon grease so if you're a vegetarian you'll want to substitute your preferred cooking oil. No biggie! Personally, I love bacon and knowing this recipe called for it made me extra excited to try it.

Homemade Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 bacon strips

  • 3 baking potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 C grated carrots (I used pre-cut matchstick carrots)

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 1 TBLS dried parsley flakes

  • 1/2 TSP celery seed

  • 1 TSP salt

  • 1/2 TSP pepper

  • 2 cans (approx. 16 oz) low-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 TBLS all-purpose flour

  • 3 C whole milk (use 2% if you prefer)

  • 1 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • Optional toppings: diced scallions, bacon crumbles, extra cheese

Method

  • In a dutch oven, cook bacon strips over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and place on paper towels. Reserve to crumble for soup topping.

  • Add vegetables, seasonings, and broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender (about 10-15 minutes).

  • Mix flour and milk in separate bowl, then add mixture to soup. Bring to a boil and stir constantly while soup thickens (about 2-3 minutes).

  • Stir in cheese until melted.

  • Top with bacon crumbles, diced scallions, and extra cheese if desired.

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