Monday, September 17, 2012

I don't know about you, but rainy weather makes me crave soup.  Papa and his wife were headed to town about lunch time so I thought I'd whip up a batch.

I normally take pictures for you all as I cook, but I was enjoying time with Papa, LaDonna, Grant and Sis, so that's the only one I have to share with you this time around.

I hadn't worked with a rue in a long long time because the last time was a flop.  I knew this time was a success when (1) the table was quietly enjoying their soup and (2) I looked over and Papa tipped the bowl up so he could get this last of the soup from his bowl. 

This recipe served up 8 bowls of soup and reheated well the next day.  I'd definitely make it again.  Give it a try and let me know how your's turns out.

1/2 onion (finely diced)
1 tbsp butter or oil
1/c cup flour
3 cans chicken broth
8 potatoes
2 cups half & half or whole milk
1 cup shredded cheese (I prefer sharp)
1 cup sour cream

Anything you'd put on a baked potato (bacon crumbles, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives)


  1. Bake the potatoes ahead of time at 400* for an hour.  Let them cool long enough to be handled before peeling and dicing them into fairly small pieces.
  2. In a stock pot, heat the butter or oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook for several minutes until translucent and tender.  
  3. Add the flour and stir constantly for a minute.
  4. Gradually whisk in the cans of chicken broth.  Stir constantly until broth thickens.  Watch your heat.  If the soup starts to scald turn the heat down to medium-low.  
  5. Add in the potatoes and stir in the half & half until combined.  Stir the soup often.  You don't want to scald the bottom of the pan.  Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the sour cream and cheese.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Source: Adapted from Live Love Pasta's adaptation of Paula Deen's recipe.

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  1. I've been wanting to make soup lately... but that would mean an actual trip to the grocery store (you know, one where I grab more than veggie spring rolls and creamsicles) and then I'd have to clean my one inch of counter space off..... siiggggggh I am such a bad little homemaker.

    Soup looks amazing. I'm jealous.

    1. This one really doesn't take up that much counter space, it's all stove top, but yes, you would need more than spring rolls and creamsicles. By the way, I love your healthy vegetarian diet there. VERY well done. Oh, and you should be jealous.

  2. Looks so yummy!!! I will have to make this one for sure. I am loving the cloudy day as well. I hope it sticks around!!

    So my thought is that you must open one of those little restaurants that have crafts in the front and yummy comfort foods in the back. I would so be a loyal customer!! :)

    1. You are so sweet. I will get right on day. :) Let me know how you like it!

  3. Replies
    1. I also heard hiking gives you herpes. Way to go, sport.

    2. Bahahahaha I just died. Jen took that one.

  4. I need this right now. I'm almost pissed that Papa tipped his bowl to get the last drop. I want the last drop. So glad you enjoyed your time with the family.

  5. I used to make the Outback Steakhouse walkabout potatoe soup and it was to freaking die for. And I definitely had to make a rue for it and never knew that it was in fact called a rue. This has winter hibernation written all over it

  6. This soup is perfect for the Fall and simple to make. I would love if you shared it on my food party today.


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