When the cold winter wind is howling outdoors, nothing is as comforting or satisfying as a big pot of soup simmering away on the stove. But even though soup can be a very economical meal, it can also be time-consuming. All that chopping and measuring…not to mention the stirring every few minutes so it doesn’t stick. Let’s be honest, sometimes Mama just doesn’t have time for all that!
Here’s one way to have hot, delicious soup without spending time you can’t afford to lose chopping a bunch of vegetables. This easy-peasy recipe leaves you all the time you need for housework, homeschooling, playing with your kids, or taking a trek through the forest.
I got these potatoes at Aldi for just under $2. Even if you don’t have an Aldi close by, you can still make a huge pot of soup for under $4, no matter where you live! So grab some potatoes, and let’s make soup!
- 10 lbs potatoes
- Celery (optional)
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp garlic salt
- 1 Tbsp pepper
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp parsley flakes (optional)
- 1 cup butter or margarine
- Wash potatoes, but don't peel.
- Put potatoes and celery (if using) in large stock pot and cover with water.
- Bring water to a boil, then turn off and leave on burner.
- Drain potatoes, and peel. (The skins should slip right off at this point if it's been several hours.)
- Place peeled potatoes back in stock pot and mash into chunks with either a potato masher, a Kitchen Aid, or a hand mixer.
- Place pot on burner and turn on low.
- Add milk to the level you prefer.
- Add spices and butter.
- Simmer and stir often until heated through, for 15-20 minutes.
- Sprinkle bacon and cheese on top to take this soup to the next level of yum!
So, How Much Milk Did I Use?
I’ve received the question a few times wanting to know how much milk I used. Opps! This is “reality-based cooking,” around here. 😉
Milk Question, “What a delicious looking bowl of soup – I can not wait to try it!
Just wondering *approximately* how much milk you used for you 10 lbs. of potatoes; the consistency looked spot-on!”
Milk Answer, “Heehee, I didn’t do a good job noting that, sorry! I will get better sharing my reality based cooking over time. 😉 With 10 lbs of potatoes pour in *about* half a gallon, stirring along the way. You may need a little more, or slightly less. If you need to thicken your soup some, you can add some instant potato flakes. I don’t usually do that, but some say it helps Thanks for dealing with me. xoxo”
Homemade Potato Soup ~ Large Family Style!
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