Can we pretend it’s soup weather, just for a minute? It’s around the corner, I just know it — and I want to be prepared.
That, plus a glut of potatoes from our CSA, is what prompted me to try a recipe for crock pot potato soup this week. It was a snap — just a little chopping and throwing of ingredients into the crock pot — and delicious to boot. It’s creamy and comforting, and as a busy mom, I always appreciate crock pot meals, which I can prep and forget about until (almost) dinnertime.
If you’re one of those people who requires actual soup weather to enjoy soup, well, file this one away for next month. For the rest of you, enjoy — and appreciate that the crock pot won’t heat up the house too much!
Crock Pot Potato Soup
Adapted from this recipe from Once a Month Meals
2 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 tsp smoked paprika1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
8 oz cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
cheese, freshly snipped chives and/or bacon crumbles for serving
Throw the potatoes, onion, garlic, vegetable broth, smoked paprika, salt and pepper into the crock pot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
Add the cream cheese and stir. Continue to cook for an additional hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until the cream cheese is incorporated.
Stir in the parsley and adjust seasoning to taste. Serve topped with cheese, chives and/or bacon crumbles. Freezes well (just remember to reheat gently).
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/lauren.jpg[/author_image] [author_info] Lauren Walz is a freelance writer and editor and mama to a two-year-old girl. While she’s quick to brag about being a fifth-generation Texan, Lauren moved to Northern California in 2004 after graduating from UT Law and lived in the Silicon Valley area until last spring, when she and her family were drawn back to Austin. Lauren is busy getting re-acquainted with her old stomping grounds and is astonished by how the food and wine scene has changed in Austin in the past 8 years. Lauren also blogs about cooking and parenthood on gourmetveggiemama.com.[/author_info] [/author]