There’s nothing like a bowl of hot soup with a side of french bread to warm you up on a cold day. This is an all time favorite soup of mine. Typically “creamy” soups are loaded with cream and calories, and while this might not be low-fat, it’s made with chicken stock which definitely helps in the calorie department. And it’s delicious and satisfying!
This is the perfect soup to add toppings to. I personally love grated cheddar cheese, a few sliced green onions, and a dollap of sour cream. My husband would be dousing his with plenty of Tabasco. And, you can choose to keep it chunky, or do as I did, and use an immersion blender to blend it into a creamier consistency.
- ½ cup butter
- 1 large yellow onion
- ½ cup flour
- 8 cups chicken stock (homemade or canned)
- 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes
- 1½ tsp all purpose seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp basil
- 6 large baked potatoes (baked, peeled, & cubed)
- 1 cup ½ & ½
- Saute onions in butter. Do not brown.
- Add flour and cook for 5 minutes.
- Combine rest of ingredients except potatoes and ½ & ½. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
- Add potatoes and continue to simmer for 1 hour (or until potatoes are fall apart tender).
- At this point, I used my submersion blender to blend some of the potato chunks for a smoother soup. You may also use a potato masher or leave it chunky.
- Right before serving stir in ½ & ½.
- Suggested toppings: grated cheddar cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, chopped green onions, tabasco