Leftover Potato Soup

I'm pretty terrible at planning meals. This means I'm usually coming up with a meal as I make it and using what I have. This recipe is exactly that. While sitting at work yesterday, I remembered we had some potatoes left over from our Sunday crockpot dinner. It's also been pretty chilly lately, so I thought I could make some potato soup! I was nervous for the outcome, but it turned out great! I'm a terrible food blogger because I'm too hungry/lazy to take pictures of my food, but trust me, this is tasty. Also, the measurements on the seasonings are guesstimates....I just add stuff here and there until it tastes good (again, lazy cook).  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2-3 medium potatoes, boiled or cooked in crockpot (I used Klondike Rose....basically a red skin with gold flesh)
about 3/4 cup cooked regular sausage** (about half package)
3.5 cups milk (I used skim)
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp granulated garlic/garlic powder
1/2 tbsp dried onion
salt, pepper
desired seasonings (I used dried parsley, paprika, cayenne pepper)
shredded cheese, chopped green onion to garnish

Directions:
1. Cut cooked potatoes into small chunks. Brown the sausage, and drain on paper-towel-lined plate.
2. Make a roux. In a large-ish pot, melt 3 tbsp of butter on medium heat. Add 3 tbsp of flour, one tbsp at a time, stirring to incorporate. Stir about a minute to cook flour. Slowly add milk, stirring with a whisk to incorporate it into the roux without getting lumps.
3. Turn up the heat, and add potatoes. Use a potato masher to slightly mash the chunks. Add salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and desired seasonings to taste (but be careful when you taste!). Honestly, I just give each seasoning a few shakes and pray for the best. You will probably need about a tsp of salt, but hold off on too much of that until after adding the sausage.
4. Add sausage. Allow soup to come to a boil. Let boil until it reaches desired thickness (for me, about a minute or two). Turn off heat, check seasonings. Add more if needed.
5. Serve. Garnish with shredded cheese and sliced green onion.

Serves: about 2-3 people as a main dish, probably 4-6 as an appetizer.

**I plan on trying this recipe with bacon, canadian bacon, or ham. You could also use Italian sausage for a bit more spice.
***Also, I just realized this is yet another testament to my love for potatoes.

[leftovers, reheated at work for my lunch. barely enough]

4 comments :

  1. Looks great. I just wish I ate potatoes. If there's one thing I cannot eat it's potatoes! :)

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  2. Don't worry - I basically blog about food (recipes, eating out, sharing food with friends) with the odd anecdotal post about life (and now pregnancy) ... and I am still pretty crappy at remembering to take pictures. But I must admit that I think that Instagram is helping (using my iphone to take photos instead of my proper camera). Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

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  3. Scott LOVES potato soup but I have never made it. I might just have to surprise him with this!

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  4. This looks SO yummy!!! I think I will have to try it!

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