Friday, November 5, 2010

Simple creamy potato soup

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I admit, the first time I saw Cook's Illustrated magazine, I was intimidated - it looked like an encyclopedia! But it turned out user-friendly & I've made their warming, simple pureed soup for years.
~ Have a wonderful weekend! ~
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SIMPLE CREAMY POTATO SOUP (Serves 4 to 6)
Adapted slightly (skim milk not whole, extra garnishes) from a 1990s Cook's Illustrated (I sadly never wrote down which issue). This soup can be pureed in one batch in most 5-7 cup blenders.
  • 2 tablespoons (~30g) butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, 3 medium shallots, or 1 medium leek (white and light green parts only), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (~30ml) white wine
  • 2 large potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds, or 24 ounces), peeled and cut into 1/2 inch (~1.25cm) dice to yield 4 cups
  • 2 cups (~500ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt and ground white pepper to taste
  • 1 to 1-1/4 cups (~250-310ml) skim (fat-free) milk
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons (~10g) minced fresh chives
  • Optional: Minced white or light green part of 1 leek (cooked gently in oil or butter a few minutes until softened)
  • Optional: Heavy (whipping) cream to drizzle, fresh-ground black or pink peppercorns
Heat butter or oil in a large (easily-pourable) saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute until golden, about 5 minutes. Add wine & potatoes; stir until wine evaporates, about 30 seconds.

Add stock, and salt and pepper to taste, to saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cover & cook potatoes until very tender, about 20 minutes.

Pour or ladle potato mixture into blender. Add 1 cup milk; blend until very smooth. Return soup to saucepan; cook over low heat until warmed through (can also cook optional leek garnish at this point). If soup is too thick, stir in more milk. Adjust seasonings.

Ladle soup into individual bowls. Garnish with minced chives and/or leeks. Drizzle some cream, grind fresh pepper and chow!

Little notes:
If you don't have a standard blender for pureeing, the next best thing is a handheld immersion blender, but don't use a food processor because it tends to leak hot liquid (I tried once just to see - even though the recipe warned against it! - because I often do stupid things :)).

67 comments:

jamie-lee said...

This sounds really delicious - I love finding new recipes for veggie soups

Indie.Tea said...

It sounds really delicious.
I sometimes puree the items for soup before cooking - no hot liquids to pour (and I dont have an immersion blender, only a standard one).

K and S said...

ooh yum! I always thought Cook's Illustrated was intimidating too. I better start putting my immersion blender to use, it is kinda soup season here, the weather fluxtuates (sp?)

justine said...

this looks so good and simple, perfect for a cold autumn night.

Signe said...

I love potatoe soup, might try out this one :)
Have a lovely weekend Jude!

lisa said...

Really sounds good, especially right now when the weather is so cold, rainy, and dreary here. Wonderful comfort food! Thank you for sharing.

My name is Renée. said...

it make my mouth water!!! Yummie

Nicole said...

YUM, I love potato soup! This would be perfect to make on cold, rainy days!

Brandi said...

I've been needing a break from my butternut squash soup. I think this will be perfect -- I may even switch out the potatoes for sweet potatoes to sweeten the deal.

Jeannie said...

That soup looks really creamy! I can imagine the smoothness of the taste in one's mouth....yum!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Oh, I would appreciate it if someone cooked it for me one of these days :) This sounds especially nice during the wintertime, you know!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I have been wanting to try a potato soup recipe. Definitely think its about time now.

Enjoy the weekend!

xo

Rachel at The Inspired House.org said...

Mmmmm...want. Now.

Nikki said...

Yum, Jude this looks amazing!!
have a wonderful weekend!


xx
Nikki

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh I want this today and it looks like something I can make without incident (though good thing you mentioned the food processor no no because I probably would have tried). I love potatoes.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Potato soup is my favorite!!! I make potato leek soup every weekend and have it for lunch 2 days a week. Creature of habit much? :)

Love this variation. I'm definitely going to give it a shot. Might spice up my lunch routine :)

Have a great weekend, sweetie! xoxo

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh yummy, sounds good!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

I'm all for comfort food!
Thank you Jude~ YUM*

Amber Blue Bird said...

potato soup on a chilly day is perfection

Dancing Branflake said...

I would totally be the person to use the food processor. Isn't that what they are made for? And this soup is perfect for cold nights. Yum!

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful!
I lake it!

Kisses and happy weekend.

the southern hostess said...

This sounds completely perfect! Yum.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Fall time = soup time! Looking delicious, Jude. We are covered by tons of sweet raindrops too!
Sending some sunbeams your way xxxx

Vinda Sonata said...

thanks for sharing, jude.
i'm currently addicted to soups, so this one is very inspiring.:)

Krystal said...

I am soooo definitely going to try this!!

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

hi there mrs 'j'; just to say hi and thanks for all your kind and encouraging comments; don't call me 'mrs potato head'! kinda hate these little versatile chappies, BUT, this recipe looks like it could change things... x

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Just last week I made a spinach potatoe soup. It was very nourishing and delicious. Thank you for the recipe and pictures above. I shall try my hand at this.
Have a sweet weekend;-)

Design Elements said...

delicious! love potatoes! have a great weekend!

elra said...

How delicious and comforting soup Jude. Love the simplicity of this soup !

Rosie said...

Lesson No. 1: never EVER read Jude's blog when you are hungry... Now I want some of that soup!! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

heather yalin said...

Ooh, this looks good. I've never made potato soup, but it sounds like a good Sunday welcome home dish for the hubby! :)

I love your little notes and word processor tidbit!

Annie said...

Jude, this looks DELISH!!! I can't wait to try! Hope you have a great weekend! xo

this free bird said...

Potato soup is, by far, one of my favorites. The pictures and recipe look and sound so good!

Have a great weekend - it's 95 so I'm cutting out early!
Carrie

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

P.S. Thanks so much for all your support :)))

Hannie said...

It looks very delicious ♥ If I only had time to cook all recipes from your blog!
xoxo from Hannie

Jude said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comments everyone!

@Indie.Tea - that's a fantastic tip, thank you! I'm going to try that next time.
@Dawn - so funny, I was hooked on leek soup for the longest time! A totally obsession worthy dish :)

Kristin said...

I could definitely go for a big bowl of that right now. YUM!

Mary R said...

Oh my, it looks fantastic!

I'm a huge fan of Cook's Illustrated. I love them so much that I have a paid subscription to their entire collection of online recipes, a paid subscription to their TV on demand (can't get their shows in japan otherwise) and I recently upgraded to their premier collection of recipes. Despite all the other free recipes online out there, I've never regretted paying for special access to theirs. Everything is well tested, and they actually teach you how to understand food and how to cook.

Julie-Inspired said...

That looks yum! Perfect soup for the cold weather coming. Yesterday I saw a recipe for cauliflower cream soup...have you ever had it? I'm thinking really healthy and really good:) Enjoy your weekend...wait...do you live in Princeton? I live in Princeton!! (I spotted the Bent Spoon on your side bar) Julie xo

thelayeredpancake said...

potato is like my staple daily diet, this sounds just perfect.

Meghan said...

yum! It is getting to be the perfect weather for hot, creamy soups! I'll be trying it :)

Lee Oliveira said...

Great day here in Sydney for a soup. I should try it, shouldn't I?

Looks yummy..
LOx

Collette Osuna said...

LOVE LOVE potato soup...its perfect for this time of year, and this recipe looks super easy!!!

Thanks!!


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Mariel Torres said...

perfect for a chilly fall/winter evening... looks delicious!

thingsIlove said...

this looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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Jen said...

Now this is what I call a perfect weekend recipe! Delicious girl!!

Isabel said...

this sounds delicious!

Style, She Wrote said...

I LOVE potato soup -- it's my favorite kind of soup -- and this looks like something even I could master. Thanks for posting Jude!

Jessica said...

I was just telling the boyfriend that I'm hungry and could go for soup. And then I see this! Looks delicious!
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manuela said...

jummy!
looks delicious!

Stacey said...

Ok, so this is something that i'll try, well not me the hubby since he's the chef in the family:-). He always puree his soups too and we were just thinking that we needed to get a new blender! Anyway, this looks delicious and i'll show it to him. He's been making me soup since he's been back too! I hope you're having a great weekend dear Jude! XX

MarchMusings said...

This looks easy and delicious. Though it's spring here the nights are cold enough for soup and crusty bread!

Quay Po Cooks said...

What a good looking bowl of potato soup! Yummy!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This. Looks. INCREDIBLE. I want to eat my screen. Seriously.

The Breakfast Lover said...

Mmmmmm! it looks so good, it reminds me to Visichua.

Punctuation Mark said...

very yummy and perfect for these days!!! hope you're having a nice weekend!

Fräulein Klein said...

Oh, it looks so delicious and sounds so good!!!!!
Have wonderful sunday evening and a great new week,
Yvonne

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Yummy! Perfect cold weather food.

Sandy a la Mode said...

oh wow!! i want to make this, RIGHT NOW!!

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Diana Mieczan said...

Ohhh I really have to try this one:) Yummy...You know how much I love soups...Kisses,sweetie

Ashley said...

Sounds like something I would do too. Blend it in a food processor.

Potatoe soup is just one of those hearty feel warm inside type of soups.

Claire Kiefer said...

Now that it's almost winter I'm all about soups. Last week was lentil, the week before that black bean chili . . . and potato might have to be next! I think I'd leave some of the potato as chunks, though, cause I like soups best when there are chunks of veggies instead of just puree. Maybe It's cause I need to be convinced that I'm eating and not drinking? haha, who knows.

Pretty Pink Penguin said...

Sometimes I forget about simple soups like this. I will be making this this weekend !

Oh, My Darling said...

Yum, potato soup is sooo delicious!

angelcel said...

Mmmm...Absolutely the best thing in winter -
a) It's soup - very comforting and warming
b) It's starchy. I always crave starch on these cold winter days ... which is why I end up feeling like El Blimpo by the time March comes around! :D

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