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There’s nothing quite like a bowl of hot and creamy soup to keep you going in these cold winter months!  One of my favorite soups is potato soup, it’s just so hearty and filling.  I’ve been putting my new Le Creuset to good use and decided to try Pioneer Woman’s wonderful potato soup recipe that’s been bookmarked for weeks!  Check it out below!

Ingredients  

  • 6 slices Thin Bacon, Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced
  • 3 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 6 whole Small Russet Potatoes, Peeled And Diced
  • 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Or Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Spice Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 cup Grated Cheese Of Your Choice

Instructions

Add bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Pour off most of the grease, but do not clean the pot!  Leave some of that yummy bacon goodness!

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Return the hot to medium-high heat and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or so, then add the diced potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt, pepper, and Cajun spice.

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Pour in the broth and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove half to 2/3 the soup and blend in a blender/food process until completely smooth.  This is a super important step for creaminess!  Once you pour it back into the soup pot, you really notice a difference!

Let it heat back up as you taste for seasonings, adding more of what it needs. Stir in cream, then stir in parsley, reserving a little for garnish.  Note that the carrots are the cause of the slightly orangey tone to the soup….feel free to leave out if you want that pale white looking potato soup!

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Serve in bowls garnished with parsley, grated cheese and crisp bacon pieces!!

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