By Karin Calloway
Perfect Potato Soup
I call this recipe "perfect potato soup" because it’s perfectly delicious, perfectly simple to prepare and my perfectly picky children love it. Potato soup was considered simple, inexpensive comfort food until chain restaurants began serving "baked potato soup." This popular soup calls for baking potatoes, removing the skin and making a rich soup with traditional baked potato toppings like bacon, shredded cheese and sour cream.
This recipe is a cross between the old and the new, made simple by using convenience products like frozen pre-chopped onion and Southern-style hash browns. Both can be quickly thawed in the microwave or measured out and thawed in the refrigerator while you’re at work. Serve your potato soup with a fruit salad and cinnamon muffins, baked from a mix or purchased at the supermarket.
Ladle into bowls and top each bowl with 1/4 cup shredded cheese and some of the crumbled bacon.
Makes 6 servings.