Sunday, May 17, 2015

Potato Soup

This is what I fixed for supper tonight! 
When you don't have a lot of food, but you want to make something that will nourish your family, just take what you have and make something good with it!!
Here is the delicious but simple potato soup (I'll give you two different ways to make the potato broth):
For one pot of soup:
4 cups instant mashed potatoes mixed into 9 cups hot water OR 
                                  9 cups pureed, cooked potatoes (this is your potato broth)
5 medium-size potatoes
1 large yellow onion
6 large garlic cloves (more if they are small--you will want a generous amount of garlic)
1-2 peeled carrots
2 stalks celery
1 pound already cooked ham or canned, pressed pork

Dice all of the above, separating the meat from the vegetables. Heat 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the soup pot, then add the vegetables (5 diced potatoes, 1 large, diced onion, diced garlic cloves, diced carrots and diced celery), stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Sprinkle onto them 1 tablespoon dried or fresh chopped basil, 1 teaspoon fine ground black pepper and 2 teaspoons salt. When vegetables are slightly golden, add potato broth. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, then add the meat. Cook until all vegetables are tender and flavors are well-blended. 
Serve hot along with corn bread or muffins as a side dish. 
(Couldn't find picture of my potato chowder!)

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