I slept later than I meant to this morning, so I'll publish this post I had in reserve for later this week.
I no longer recall where I got this recipe, but it's been a favorite of mine for years. Unlike a lot of potato soup recipes, it's not heavy. There's no cream or cheese or bacon in it - you just taste the vegetables with a hint of butter. It's just as good re-warmed as it is fresh, too.
6 medium potatoes, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
6 celery stalks, sliced
2 quarts water
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp. butter
6 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups skim milk*
In a large kettle, cook potatoes, carrots and celery in water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid and setting vegetables aside. In the same kettle, saute onion in butter until soft. Stir in flour, salt and pepper; gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Gently stir in cooked vegetables. Add most or all of the reserved cooking liquid and cook until soup is re-thickened to desired consistency. Makes 8-10 servings.
*I no longer consume dairy milk, but I made this with almond milk and it turned out perfectly fine. I imagine soy milk would be fine as well.
That sounds great. Did you use kosher salt? I learned that trick ages ago from one of the silver palate cookbooks.
PS Nice to see more images to complement posts, new camera captures well.
Posted by: john | February 04, 2008 at 08:55 AM
This is almost the exact same recipe that I have from my husband's grandmother. I love it too! Sometimes I put cheese on top and other times I just eat it plain. And I think it tastes wonderful a day or so later!
Posted by: Stephanie | February 04, 2008 at 09:53 AM
That looks delicious! I'm a sucker for a good bowl of potato soup.
Posted by: dee | February 04, 2008 at 11:17 AM
I love soup. I love potatoes. Oh yes, I will be trying this potatoe soup. Oh yes, indeed.
Posted by: Deborah | February 04, 2008 at 02:47 PM
I like knowing that I am not the only one who pre-writes posts. The soup looks excellent. I wish that I cooked.
Posted by: Suzanne | February 04, 2008 at 03:49 PM
I just made a HUGE pot of this! It was really easy. It looks just like the picture, and tastes delicious!
Posted by: Mikey | February 04, 2008 at 07:03 PM
I'm going to make this - perfect snowstorm weather food :)THANK YOU!
Posted by: Lumpy | February 07, 2008 at 04:38 AM
I said I was going to make it, and I did. I added your link to my site. Thanks again, I made a double batch and my kids and husband love it!
Posted by: Lumpy | February 13, 2008 at 01:16 AM
Found you through LumpyLump's site and just had to mention how wonderful your potato soup looks. I think this is one I'd like to try myself. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: teeni | February 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM
SOUNDS DELICIOUS..CAN I USE REGULAR MILK INSTEAD OF SKIM OR WILL IT TASTE DIFFERENT? MAYBE THE SKIM IS A LESS CALORIE THING?
Posted by: POTATOHEAD | August 05, 2008 at 12:31 PM