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PICT1027Have you ever been too tired to fix dinner? However at the same time going out and getting something was not an option. Well that is when potato soup comes to the rescue, either made in a pan on the stove or in my case a pressure cooker, which speeds the process up and cuts the time by 2/3 rds.

Potato Soup is so simple, but there are many variation that you do to dress it up, of course using leeks is one popular way, but in my case I don’t have any leeks so onions will work, I also throw in a bit of grated carrot to dress it up and give a splash of color. You can also add mushrooms, bacon, ham, or just plain butter, Sometimes I will quickly brown the potatoes and add the water, you can also use chicken broth.

So you see potato soup does not have to be bland and boring, you can also cook some chopped broccoli or go all the way and add anything you like, even toss in some cheese.

The important thing to remember is that it is one of the quickest dishes that you can make and it is very filling, when it is cooked and begins to thicken from the starches in the potatoes you can add some butter, salt and pepper, and I use 1/2 & 1/2 .

For my potato soup this evening I used the following:

3 cups Water

2 Extra Large Russet Potatoes

1 large Onion

1/2 rib Celery (Sliced)

Handful Dehydrated Mushrooms crumbled up

2 Teaspoons Chicken Broth Base

2 Tablespoon Butter

1/2 cup 1/2 & 1/2 or to suit your taste.

1/2  Carrot (grated)

Peel potatoes, and cube in size desired. put the butter in the pan and just brown 1/2 the potatoes, add chopped onions, mushrooms, celery, grated carrot , and pepper and rest of potatoes, water, chicken base.

In a regular pot on the stove simmer all ingredients for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are done, as you stir through the soup the starches will help thicken the soup.

If using a pressure cooker place pan on the stove and cover and place weight  on the lid mine is a Presto and has a 15 lb weight, bring to pressure for 3-4 minutes, when that is reached cool instantly in the sink under running water.

Then add desired amount of milk, canned milk, or 1/2 & 1/2 , when done in the pressure cooker you may need to add some thickening as in a roux from melted butter and flour, or cornstarch to thicken it. as the starches do not fully develop, however the soup is good with out. also.

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