The weather still hasn't cooled down here, but I'm dreaming of autumn and hoping for a few cooler nights when we can sit outside to eat. It doesn't mean that I can't make a little comfort food though, right? We can just crank that air conditioning up a little.
Last week I was down and out for a couple of days with what I'm assuming was a reaction to a tetanus shot. Whenever I'm sick, or feeling a little down all I want is comfort food. On one of the mornings I woke up and was craving scrambled eggs, so of course my man jumped up and set about making them for me. Maybe it's because I'd fed him bacon the night before ...
Note to self: Feed him bacon more often.
So yes, the night before I needed comfort food and decided to make a homemade potato and bacon soup. It was delicious. I ate it again the next day for lunch too. It was exactly what I needed.
This soup is fairly quick and easy to make and doesn't require too many ingredients. I didn't even have to go to the store, I had everything I needed. Actually I may have used milk or cream, but I had neither in the refrigerator, so the Half & Half was used instead. It worked out perfectly.
Recipe serves 4
What you need:
- 4 medium potatoes - peeled and cubed
- 2 carrots - peeled and diced
- 1 yellow onion - peeled and diced
- Vegetable broth - I used a 32oz carton
- 1 1/2 cups Half & Half
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 heaped tsp crushed garlic
- 2 tbs butter
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- pinch of salt & pepper
In a large pot add the butter, onion and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes.
Add the potato, carrots, thyme, salt, pepper and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
While the soup is boiling, cook your bacon and set aside, covering it to keep it warm. Cut it into smaller pieces right before adding you put it on the soup.
Once the potatoes are softened, add the Half & Half, and then using an immersion blender blend the soup just a little. You still want to retain some of the chunky carrot and potato pieces, but blending it a little will make the soup thicker and creamier.
Serve the soup into bowls and top with bacon pieces.
Disclosure: I am part of an Instagram campaign for the US Potato Board and their #TopTater promotion, however I was not required to blog this recipe. I did though because I loved it and I know you will too.