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Friday, December 4, 2009

'Old Fashioned' Potato Soup

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"Old Fashioned"Potato Soup
This is a soup I remember my Grandma, Aunt and my Mother making when I was a child and I still make it. It is one of my husband's favourite soups. I don't really go by a recipe as I just do without, but after so many years of watching I just wing it everytime. But I did write up a recipe as best as I could while I was cooking it.
My Grandmother told me since they had an abundant supply of potatoes where she was from this was one of their soups that they would have for breakfast..........yes for breakfast. I guess if you had to go into the cold wintery Siberian cold blustery, windy and dark weather real, real early you would need something warm and hearty.
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed BUT leave 1 potato whole
1 onion, chopped
1 or 2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 rib celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp. dill, chopped
8 cups broth or water
Canola oil for sauteeing or butter if you prefer
salt and pepper to taste
Simmering Soup
Bowl of hot Potato soup.

1. Saute in oil or butter [your choice] chopped onion, grated carrot, chopped celery, and minced garlic till carmelized.

2. Near the end of sauteeing add chopped parsley and chopped dill.

3. Put sauteed veggies into a saucepan and add 3 chopped potatoes and also saute. I do the potatoes separatley, this way they get more carmelized. I always carmelize my veggies when I make any kind of soup. This way they are not wishy washy tasting but have a taste and body to them. But that is just my 2 cents of opinion.
4. Put into saucepan ready sauteed veggies, 1 whole potato and add 8 cups of broth or water.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 45 min.
6. When soup is ready take out whole potato and mash and put back into soup. I do this too thicken the soup broth.
Sometimes to each bowl I add chopped fresh dill........but my husband likes to squeeze some fresh lemon into it. This is good with some nice fresh crusty soup and we are ready to go.

Yummmm with fresh dill.

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  1. Well this is a slightly different take on the typical potato soup, isn't it. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Looks wonderful Erica and very comforting!

  3. Erica~ This would be the prefect soup for our chilly days. We've dropped down into the 20's in the early evenings. My poor kitty took a double take when I opened the door for her to take her daily constitution. she opted to stay in. The surprise ingredient in the soup was the dill.
    I've picked up the items for the bean salad. I'm makin' ribs to go with it this weekend.

  4. What a great soup. I really like the fact that soup is not pureed. This would be a great way to start the day.

  5. Yumm, that looks delicious! I'll have to make a pot, perfect for chilly winter nights!

  6. Hi Erica,
    Your potato soup looks really good for a damp damp chilly day like today.Thank you for the recipe-I am going to make it this weekend.
    Thank you for visiting me and it is nice to meet another Canadian blogger.
    Have a good weekend,

  7. Oh wow. All these photos make me want REAL food like this! Everything is SO homemade and fresh, how delicious!

  8. Hola amiga, gracias por tu visita, te dejo un abrazo desde Argentina, Chany