The Best Potato Soup w/ Secret Ingredients
Rich, Creamy, Flavorful Potato Soup
- 6 - 10 Potatoes
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream
- 1 - 2 Cups Milk
- 1-3 Tbsp. Butter
- 1/2 Onion
- 3-4 Stalks Celery
- 1 can Carrots 1/2 small bag of baby carrots or 2-4 regular carrots
- 5 pieces Bacon Amount to your liking
- 1 - 2 pkgs. Country Gravy
- 1 Tbsp. Celery Salt Add to taste
- 1 Tbsp. Chicken Bouillon I add between 1/2 - 1 Tbsp.
First off, let me say I don't use a set recipe for this. I go by taste and what the amounts look like. This recipe is approximate. It makes a very large pot of soup.
Peel and chop your potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Add the potatoes to a pot of water. Turn heat to high to begin with. When they come to a hard boil you will want to turn your heat down a little and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. Start checking for doneness after 15 minutes. Potatoes are done when you can pierce a knife through them easily. You don't want them mushy.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop your onion and celery and cook in about a tablespoon of butter until both are softened. This takes about 6-7 minutes. (You can also add your celery to the potatoes while they are boiling).
I cook my carrots separately in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes until you can pierce a knife through them easily. If you are using canned carrots, add them after the potatoes are finished cooking. (You can also add the baby carrots to the potatoes when you go to boil them).
Cook your bacon in the oven or fry it on the stove. (This can be done ahead of time).
When the potatoes are done cooking, empty about 3/4 of the water out of the pan.
At this point, you can add all cream or all milk or both as I do. I should just mention again, you don't want to skimp on the heavy cream.
Add in 1-2 Tablespoons of butter, your onion and celery mix, bacon and carrots. Sprinkle the celery salt and chicken bouillon on top of the potatoes. Depending on the amount of soup you are making you may need 1 1/2 to 2 packages of gravy mix. Reserve 1/2 cup to a 1 cup of milk to mix your gravy into. After gravy is mixed with the milk you can add it to the soup mixture.
Mix all of this together and heat it up on about medium heat. If it is to thick, just add more milk, water or cream. Go by taste to see if it may need something more and adjust to your liking.