Christmas Potato Soup
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
The beauty of this soup, in addition to the leek and bacon flavor, is its make- ahead option. Prepare it in advance of any Christmas celebration.
Serving size: 1 cup
Prep Time: 25 mins
see savings15 clovesgarlic, peeled
see savings1/2 teaspoonolive oil
see savings6 slicesbacon
see savings4 mediumleeks, sliced
see savings2 14 ounce cansreduced-sodium chicken broth
see savings1 1/2 cupswater
see savings2 poundsround red potatoes, peeled and chopped
see savings1/2 teaspoonsalt
see savings1/4 teaspoonground black pepper
see savingsWater (optional)
see savings1/2 cupdairy sour cream (optional)
see savings1Toasted Stars (optional)
see savingsSauteed Red Onion and Snipped chives (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place garlic cloves in custard cup; drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil. Roast in oven 25 to 35 minutes or until cloves feel soft when pressed; set aside.
Meanwhile, in Dutch oven cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; place in a storage container. Cover and chill.
Cook leeks in bacon drippings about 5 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add broth, water, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in garlic.
Return soup to Dutch oven. Add bacon. Heat through. Thin with water to desired consistency. Ladle into bowls. Top with sour cream. Float Toasted Stars Topped with sauteed onions and chives. Makes 8 (1-cup) servings.
To serve right away:
Chilling step may be omitted. Just add bacon and reheat after pureeing.
Test Kitchen Tip:
An immersion blender is a handy tool to have for blending soup without transferring it to a blender.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Use a 2 to 3-inch start-shaped cutter to cut stars from the center of firm-textured white bread. Brush lightly with melted butter and place on baking sheet. Bake 6 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheet. Store in an airtight covered container for up to 2 days.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 224, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 19, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 20, Monosaturated fat (g) 6, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 2, sugar (g) 2, pro. (g) 7, vit. A (IU) 243, vit. C (mg) 15, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 20, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 627, Potassium (mg) 525, calcium (mg) 30, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet