I love the Fall season! The weather, the traditions, and basically all that goes with it! I also love breaking out my favorite soup recipes! Here is a new one that I think EVERYONE should make! My sister and mom both sent me the recipe and I just had to try it! Thank goodness I did! It is the Pampered Chef's Loaded Baked Potato Chowder. I don't have all of the equipment that they use, so I had to do it my way! Here is what I did:
3 baking potatoes, large (about 2 1/2 pounds)
About 4 cups milk, divided
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter
2-3 green onions, (with tops)
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
bacon, chopped and cooked
I started off by cutting my potatoes up into medium-size cubes. I put them in a large pot and added some milk and water, just enough to cover by an inch or so. Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes til fork tender. I then drained the potatotes. I added 4 cups of whole milk, cream cheese, butter, salt, and pepper into the big pot. I stirred that on medium heat until the cream cheese was mixed in well. I then added back the potatoes and took a masher and mashed the potatoes a little bit to make it thick, but still lumpy. I added the bacon and green onions. I lowered the heat and let it simmer for a while, about 15 minutes or so. I did have to add a littl bit more milk to my soup because it got a little to thick for my taste. That's ok! Make it the consistency you like. When you serve, top with cheddar cheese and some more bacon! The original recipe also calls for broccoli and sour cream as toppings, use this if you like it!
I love recipes that I can make my own! If you don't like a certain ingredient, leave it out! You can also add however much bacon, green onions, or cheese as you like!