Potato Cheddar Soup

 

Potato Cheddar Soup1Kevin and I eat very healthily most days of the week. Every now and then though we like to have a “cheat day.” Most of these cheat days involve desserts and a higher calorie meal. We both workout daily — we’re entitled to enjoying some calorie rich food every now and then.  

Cheat days are the perfect time to make my cheddar potato soup. I love to make a recipe that I created years ago and have it always turn out perfectly, time after time, year after year. 

This is a very simple soup and the flavor depth is great. If you’re like me, good mashed potatoes are the best thing ever! This is really a soup version of mashed potatoes.

empty soup bowlMy cheddar potato soup makes for a great entertaining meal, as well because everyone can add their own toppings and adjust the flavors to their own taste. Since it’s a one-pot meal, it makes clean up a snap.

how good is that

Potato Cheddar Soup
Serves 8
One-pot dinner, super easy with tons of flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 12 medium size Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced (about 4.5 pounds)
  2. 1 quart vegetarian broth
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. 5 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  6. 3 teaspoons salt (sounds like a lot but the potatoes absorb a lot of salt)
  7. 2 teaspoons pepper
  8. 1 cup 2 percent milk
  9. 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  10. sour cream and diced scallions for garnish (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the butter into a big soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; sauté until slightly translucent.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients (from potatoes to pepper) in to a big soup pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer and simmer for 45 minutes until the potatoes and onion are tender.
  3. Remove lid and with a potato masher mash the mixture, until creamy (you don’t want the mixture to become a puree). Stir in cheese and milk; heat through, don’t boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Notes
  1. Some idea for add ins: diced, cooked bacon, sour cream, scallions, more cheddar.
Shaun Myrick http://www.shaunmyrick.com/

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