Saturday, February 9, 2013

Crock Pot Potato Soup (With Extra Notes/Corrections)

Alrigt ladies. So as I said before, this was an absolute fail for me. But E LOVED it. And on the second day, they had officially become the consistency of mashed potatoes. Which I love, but not when they're supposed to be soup. So here's my recipe, complete with what I would change so you have a better experience than I did!

Here's what you need:

6 large baking potatoes - peeled and cubed (note: Try 4 or 5 first)
4 cups chicken broth (I would change this to 3 cups chicken/1 cup vegetable, or 2 and 2)
1 large carrot - sliced (I omitted this entirely, but you don't have to)
2 stalks celery - chopped finely
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp Dried Parsley
1/2 tsp Dried Basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Bacon - optional

1. Once potatoes are peeled and cubed, add them to the crock pot.

That's a WHOLE lot of potatoes.
2. Add onions and celery, and carrots if you want them.
3. Pour in broth.
4. Add spices, including salt and pepper.
5. Turn crock pot to low and leave for 7ish hours.
6. After the time is up, your "soup" will not look like soup; it will look like potatoes cooking in liquid. Disappointing.

At this point, I used a potato masher to gently mash the potatoes to make them into more of a soupy consistency. After that I turned the crock pot up to high and left it for half an hour.

After mashing.
After half an hour, I came back to stir soup and to add the flour and milk. I mixed them together in a bowl and then poured the mixture into the Crock Pot. This is to thicken up the soup and you should complete this step half an hour to an hour before you are going to eat. If you come back to check on the soup and feel that it is thick enough, do not add the mixture. *This is where I went wrong. My soup was already too thick and then I added the mixture anyway; that's how I got mashed potatoes.

If you do add the mixture, let it sit for at least half an hour before eating.

E and I decided that it's not potato soup unless it has bacon in it, so we cooked some up and crumbled it into our soup. This is obviously optional, but I highly recommend it.

The perfect addition to anything your soup. 
Sorry for not taking a picture of the finished product. I was so disappointed by it that all I could do was stare at it and complain. Enjoy your soup! I hope yours turns out MUCH better than mine. Or maybe next time I'll just actually call them mashed potatoes to trick my brain.  :)


Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

soups are sooooo tricky! I'm like you tho, I actually like it with a thick consistency. Looks like a yummy recipe, def one to add to the list!

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy! And I love an excuse to use my crockpot. :)