One Recipe, Two Meals: Creamy, Cheesy Potato Soup

This soup is ridiculous as is! But for your kids, keep it super simple with lots of Cheddar cheese on top. Or nothing! And for the adult[ faces, we get a little crazy with the toppings. I'm talking crumbled bacon, jalapeno peppers, dollops of sour cream, cheese, some yummy chives. Yes.]

Total Time:
45 min
20 min
25 min

4 servings (2 kids, 2 adults)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 3 russet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar
  • Finely chopped fresh chives or scallions, for garnish
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeno
  • Heat the oil in a deep pot over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onions and saute until the veggies begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and toss with a good pinch of salt. Add the chicken stock and simmer until the potatoes soften, about 20 minutes. Then add the milk and butter, and stir until the butter melts.

  • At this point you have a few options. If you have an immersion blender, simply stick the wand in the pot and give it a few whizzes, blending some of the soup until it's nice and creamy. You'll still want a good amount of potato chunks in the soup, so don't go overboard, like I tend to do.

  • You can also scoop out about 2 cups of the soup and transfer it to a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy and transfer it back to the soup pot.

  • Or, you can simply mash a few of the potatoes with a potato masher, leaving it on the slightly chunkier side. It's up to you!

  • After you've creamified it, give it another taste and add plenty of salt and pepper if needed.

  • Scoop out a little for the kids and keep it simple for them with shredded Cheddar and a kiss of chives! (Chives are optional, of course.)

  • As for you, adult faces, load up your bowls with plenty of chopped bacon, Cheddar, little dollops of sour cream, sliced jalapenos and chives!

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