A wonderful thing happened in my garden. I did not plant potatoes, but I found potatoes growing in my little patch of heaven. I think it's safe to assume that because I throw my fruit & veggie scraps back there that these guys just really wanted to live. I started to pull the plants earlier this summer because I thought they were weeds, but when I plucked the first one out, a little tiny potato was attached to the root. So, I quickly re-buried him and on Saturday I went out a-diggin'. I didn't do too badly either, considering I had enough potatoes for a pot of mash with Saturday's dinner (mmm, ribs) and enough left over to make a yummy soup for Sunday's lunch.
The onions are from the store, but the garlic is from my mother-in-law's garden and these are the left-over potatoes from my garden that became my soup.
This soup is so yummy on a fall afternoon and you can have it chunky or creamy, depending on your mood. This recipe gives you creamy, if you want chunky, only blend about half of the soup, then add the other chunky bits back and continue from there. Either way, it's warm and delish and pretty simple to make.
4 strips bacon, chopped
3 leeks, greens removed, chopped
1 vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 head fennel, chopped
6 sprigs thyme, stems removed
roughly 3 cups chopped yukon gold potatoes
1 tetra pak (4 cups) chicken stock
1 cup water
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1) Rinse potatoes in cold water to remove some of the starch and let sit in the water until you're ready for them
2) Crisp bacon in a dutch oven
3) Add leeks, onion, fennel and thyme & saute for about 3 minutes
4) Add chicken stock, water, salt and potatoes, stir and place bay leaf on top
5) Cover and let cook on medium heat for about 1/2 hour
6) Remove from heat and take out the bay leaf
7) Using a hand blender, blend until smooth
8) Add cream and return to heat. Let boil for about 10 minutes until soup thickens slightly
9) Add pepper and more salt if required
Serve with day old multigrain bread or grilled cheese sandwiches and enjoy!
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