My mom makes two things especially well - brownies and soups.
Typically potato soups are really heavy and not figure friendly. I have even eaten some that have reminded me more of mashed potatoes than a bowl of soup. This is not one of those. This truly is a soup. One that can be left chunky or pureed until velvety smooth, depending on your preference. It's also not laden with cream, butter and cheese. Not that those things are bad, but sometimes we all need to cut back a little. Another huge bonus - it can be made in the slow cooker.
Not sure where or who the recipe originally came from, but my mom has been making it for so long that I consider it hers. Enjoy!
My Mom's To-Die-For Potato Soup
(my tweaks are in parentheses)
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 onions, chopped
3 – 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
5 - 6 cups water (6 c chicken stock)
~½ cup butter (1/4 cup butter)
4 chicken bouillon cubes (only 2 cubes)
1 can evaporated milk (lowfat 2% evap milk)
Combine all ingredients, except evaporated milk, in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Bring ingredients to a boil on the stove stop, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.
For a velvety smooth texture use an immersion blender to puree the soup (...my favorite way to serve it).
Add milk and heat through just before serving.
Or simply dump everything (except for the milk) in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours and let it do its thing. Simply stir in the milk 10 - 15 minutes before serving.
Garnish ideas: thinly sliced scallions, a little grated cheese (gruyere or a really mature, sharp cheddar work really well), a couple of crispy bacon crumbles. My mom occasionally stirs in shredded chicken if she has some leftover from another meal. Basically she uses this soup to clean out her fridge.
A few parting thoughts about this soup:
1) If you aren't going to puree the soup only use 1, maybe 1 and a half, onions and chop the veggies much smaller and much more uniformly.
2) If the soup is to be served right after it's made only use 5 cups of liquid, but if it will sit overnight (or even just a few hours) in the fridge use closer to 6 cups
3) All said and done, there really is no way to mess this soup up. It turns out beautifully every time!