Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Potato Soup

I usually visit  family on Thursday nights for dinner and Gray's Anatomy.  They may not be  vegetarian, but we do veg, catching up on hours of TV in streaming video, projected onto a wall.  We're cheap. We pretend we're at the movies,  except we get to  pause to pee or make brownies, so it's better than the movies.  Gray's is the only thing we watch in real time. I pity the fool who tries to interrupt that by peeing, coming to the door etc.

I wanted to make a tradition of bringing Thursday night dinner. One that supports my new lifestyle, but doesn't leave them racing to Foster's for burgers during commercial breaks.  My friend, Monica, posted a rave review of a recipe that landed in my Facebook stream, so I tweaked it, and brought it over last Thursday.

It had been a stressful couple of sleepless work days and I almost came empty handed. But I was able to come home at lunch, get everything prepped, cleaned up & into the crock in 10 minutes flat.  It cooked for 4 hours.  When I got home,  I tossed in the cheese chunks, loaded the crock into the car, and headed over.  There, I used an immersion blender to make the soup all smooth and creamy.

Winner, Loser or Meh 

This is a BIG recipe (17 servings), so I thought I could bring home the leftovers and have lunch for the next week. Boy was I wrong!   When I left, there was nothing left . . . nada! This was such a hit, that emaciated teenagers and their emaciated friends came out of the woodwork and chowed down. The cost of the meal: 7 bucks.  What's not to love?

The Recipe 

Use a 6 quart crock pot

  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (it actually needed maybe 4 more)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (it needed another teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 cups vegetable stock (I used boxed)
  • 16 ounces Neufchatel cheese
  • Garnish: shredded sharp cheddar cheese, chives or green onions, faux bacon bits (optional)
Toss everything into the crock except the cheese and garnish.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4.  The potatoes should be fork-tender. Cut up the cheese into blocks and use an immersion blender to puree the soup.  Put the garnish on the side.


  1. I also tried this recipe this week... and it turned out delicious! The only difference from your recipe though is that I chose not to blend the soup at the end, but instead chose to stir in the cheese and mash up the potatoes by hand to keep them slightly lumpy. I highly recommend this one.... so good! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I made this today and thought the flavor and texture was good (following your suggestions I used more salt, and doubled the garlic). I think I'd prefer it chunkier, but still delicious.

  3. A couple of people have told me thy made this with about 1/2 the potatoes blended and the other half in chunks and they liked it very much.

  4. Oh my goodness! I just found this recipe and I love it! Easy and delicious - great combination. :)

  5. One of the best soups I've encountered. So easy, so cheap, and everyone loves it!!! Thank you!!!

  6. I made this vegan with half Tofutti cream cheese and Half unflavored soy yogurt.
    I doubled all of the spices and probably tripled the pepper.
    I blended only half the potatoes and left the rest chunky.

    It was amazing.
    Like the best potato soup I have ever had.
    Thank you!

  7. Substituted one package of tofutti cream cheese for the cheese, doubled the spice and added khale and carrots it was delicious and perfect winter comfort food.

  8. I cut everything in half since we have a smaller 4 qt. crockpot. I accidentally forgot to use half the garlic, so used the full 8 cloves. Left the skin on the potatoes. We also added some canned corn. It was so good. I'm making this again today.

  9. In the crock pot now! Can not wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. In the crock pot now! Can not wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I just discovered your blog, and tried this recipe last night overnight, and am eating it now for lunch, and YUM! I'm totally going to try some of your other winners. You should get back on the slowcooker bandwagon and blog more recipes! I got a slowcooker as a gift and am really trying to love it, but so far have not have the best of luck with other recipes - until this soup. Delish. Truly. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I tried this with the vegan modifications. Excellent! I am trying to make it a habit to be sure to comment on the recipes I try. It is only fair to let you and future readers know the results of trying it out.

  13. Great results - I did the vegan version! Bravo!