Saturday, October 17, 2009

Potato Soup

Today was the first significant cold front of the season. The gray skies smothered the region and stepping outside causes that instant shiver. There are freeze warnings out....

...and predictably, the brand new furnace that we had installed last winter didn't work when we turned it on today.

I needed simple comfort food and homemade potato soup sounded like a great option.


Greg of SippitySup had a nice potato and leek soup, but I had no leeks. I suppose I could have asked a neighbor if I could take a leek in their kitchen, but that didn't sound too good, so I just winged it. (The past tense of wing isn't wung, is it?)


My Potato Soup

Ingredients
1 ea Yellow onion peeled and diced
1 ea Carrot peeled and diced
1 stalk Celery finely diced
3 tablespoon Butter
6 ea Potato peeled and cut into 1" cubes
6 cups Chicken broth
1 teaspoon Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Sage
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1 teaspoon Black pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
2 cups Half-and-half cream
2 tablespoon Parsley fresh, chopped


Instructions

Melt the butter in a stock pot and saute the carrots, celery, and onion for about 8 minutes, until the mirepoix is tender.

Add the broth and potatoes then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.

Removed from heat and stir in the half and half cream.

Garnish with parsley and some home made garlic pepper croutons
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Ahhh, yes, this hit the spot, warming the body and soul!

Potatoes, Goodness Unearthed

(You know the peanut people are kicking themselves for not coming up with that slogan.)
We do eat a lot of potatoes at our house. They store well compared to other forms of produce, they stretch your food budget dollar, and they just taste good!


But I did learn a thing or two browsing the
U.S. Potato Board's website. I didn't realize that potatoes are as nutritious as they are. To be honest, I thought they were empty calories. I'm Full of It
Another thing I learned was about the satiety of food, which is the "psychological and physiological feeling of fullness". I always perceived that some foods left me feeling fuller than others but didn't know there was a term for it.

According to that article foods that were high in fiber and moisture content had higher satiety index ratings (or leave you feeling more full). In addition to potatoes, other items were fish, oat porridge, apples, oranges, steaks, baked beans, and wheat pasta. I guess Chinese take out has a satiety index of 0.


Anyway, you might want to check their website out the next time you have a tuber conundrum. They have a library of potato recipes and a wealth of information about nutrition, care, and preparation of potatoes.

13 comments:

  1. loooove me some potato soup! bummer about the furnace...whats up with that???

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  2. Your soup looks awesome! I agree that it seems like potatoes are empty calories. I guess when they're fried in oil or covered in butter and sour cream, you know some of the best ways to eat them, they aren't then. BTW, love your blog :)

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  3. That last part took me right back to the front of the class...nutrition class that is! You better not be leeking on anything!

    I love potato leek soup and make it often...btw we had falling snow on the way home from upstate NY...cool...yeah I said it was cool!

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  4. Cold weather? welcome to my world. I love potato soup. My mom used to make it all the time when I was a kid. Not quite as fancy as this recipe, or recipes that I use; onion sauteed in butter, add some water, diced potatoes and simmer. When potatoes are done, add milk salt and pepper and serve with salteens. It really was delicious in it's simplicity. I really appreciate the website = I'll take a look

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  5. Potatoes are actually very good for you - I have no idea what those Atkins/low carb fanatics are going on about.

    Nice soup!

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  6. To hypnotize my wife, I say "Potato"... whatever I say after that is not remembered!

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  7. I love your winged (wung) version even better and I love that you leave your potatoes in chunks - comfort food at it's finest! Yum!

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  8. Great grub on a cool day - one of the favorite round here. Looks great

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  9. It's been cold around here too... Bummer about the furnace, but th e soup looks like it warms to the bone. Great recipe

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  10. My absolute favorite soup. (your photo looks beautiful!) It's hard to make soup when it's 85 degrees out ;) I'll save it for the cooler days that may come?!

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  11. What a creamy and delicious soup. Perfect for a cold rainy day.

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  12. take a leek, ha.

    I have tried potato soup so many freaking times and it never pans well for me. Yours is next on my list to try. Wish me luck.

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