Thursday, October 25, 2007

Baked Potato Soup

A delicious version of my favourite soup at Tony Roma's - adapted from a recipe posted on Top Secret Recipes.  They use cornstarch to thicken it while I just like to use extra potatoes and blend them with my immersion blender before adding the cut potatoes.  That way the onions get blended too and no one has to worry about onion chunks :)

I need to take a picture next time I make it so you'll have a visual...

3-4 med potatoes (baked) (3-4 cups chopped)
3 Tbsp butter
1 cup white onion, diced
2 Tbsp flour
4 cups chicken stock (I like to use my homemade chicken soup broth)
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
1 tsp salt

3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1/8 tsp thyme
1 cup half-and-half cream

shredded cheese
crumbled cooked bacon
chopped onion greens

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake the potatoes for one hour or until done. Cool.
As potatoes cool prepare soup by melting butter in a large saucepan and saute onion until light brown. Add the flour to the onions and stir to make a roux.
Add chicken stock, water, mashed potatoes (or I some of the chopped potato and use the immersion blender to make a smooth stock) and spices to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Cut the potatoes in half, scoop out the potato and chop into 1/2-inch sized cubes. Add potatoes and half-and-half to the soup and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer another 15 minutes or until thick.

To serve, spoon soup into a bowl and top with shredded cheese, bacon and onion bits.

The only other touch I may add is seasoned croutons!



Sheila said...

Looking forward to trying this one!
I'm always on the lookout for some tasty potato recipes. Hey you should enter this one on the Kroekers website. They're always looking for some good potato recipes too!

Sheila said...

Question - How much does this exact recipe make?

The Thiessens said...

Sheila ~ I use my pot next size down from my dutch oven...does that help? Just right for one meal.

The Thiessens said...

and...I'll think about that (Kroekers, that is)

Jobina said...

I'm definitely going to link to this one Sara! That looks like really good soup!

Gina said...

Mmmmm, that is a delicous one. Funny thing, that is my mom's fav soup at Tony Roma's too and she just "mastered" a receipe to taste just like it, I wonder if it is the same?! Mmmm, sounds and tastes so yummy.
Love the idea of a recipe blog.

The Thiessens said...

I have adjusted this recipe according to my liking, feel free to make your own adjustments.
The original recipe called for using instant mashed potatoes to thicken the stock, but if you ever read what's in them, you'll know why I opt to use real mashed potatoes to thicken. Hope you all enjoy it.
P.S. I also increased the diced potatoes since I like more potato in it.

Jobina said...

I blended my mashed potatoes in with the onion, broth mixture so I didn't have to hear my kids complain about pieces of onion! Thank goodness they like potatoes, so I kept those chunks! This is such good soup, it got rave reviews from my whole family who all claim to hate potato soup! Ha!