Potato and Cheddar Soup

Recently, I fell and hurt my jaw. Luckily, there was no serious damage but it was painful to eat for a few days so I referred to my “Main Dishes and Well Wishes” board to look for a delicious soup to make. This isn’t an easy task – I am not a soup lover – but I knew I had to have something delicious pinned there. I had a few tasty sounding options but this potato and cheddar soup stuck out to me. I know you aren’t surprised since by now you are aware of my love for cheese but in addition to containing my favorite ingredient another big plus to this soup was that it sounded easy to make – there weren’t a lot of ingredients required and total prep + cooking time was only about 45 minutes as opposed to many of the other soup recipes I had pinned which required multiple hours in a crock pot.

Since I was out of potatoes and shredded cheese I headed to my local supermarket and picked up the two main ingredients, went straight home and got to work. I put a pot of water on the stove immediately so the water would be rapidly boiling by the time I was done cutting the potatoes. I used 5 baby red potatoes with the skin ON (I was too lazy to peel and I think its more flavorful that way!) and chopped them into about 1/4 inch pieces…since my jaw was soar I didn’t want anything big to chew on.

By the time I was done cubing the potatoes the water was boiling so I tossed the potatoes in. Within 5 minutes the potato pieces were tender enough to pull them out of the water. At this point the recipe is a little unclear (to me anyway) since there are no real instructions. It seems like it was suggesting I should be using two pots but it never really said that so I was confused. I had drained my potatoes and transferred them and the reserved liquid to another pot and stirred in the butter and flour (I didn’t have any onion so there was a lack of onion in my soup.) After that I realized it said gradually stir in potatoes…which is what I thought I was supposed to have added the butter and flour to…? So I just dumped everything back in the original pot and added my remaining ingredients to there. In my opinion, there was no reason to dirty a second pot anyway so I wouldn’t worry about separating when you make this yourself.

Back in the original pot I added all of the remaining ingredients with the exception of the ham. I’m not a huge fan of ham and didn’t feel like browning up some bacon (which could be delicious) so I just skipped it. I also upped the cheddar cheese from 1 cup to 1.5 cups (I used reduced fat sharp yellow cheddar.) I also added a sprinkle of garlic powder to add some of the flavor back that I was missing due to the lack of onion.

That was it! I let the soup simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring about every 5 and I got this delicious bowl below! I used the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar in the bag as garnish.

Potato and Cheddar Soup

Potato and Cheddar Soup

The soup was delicious. It comes out nice and thick. When you run your spoon through the bowl you get nice little strings of cheesy goodness attached to your spoon. The garlic powder also added a great flavor…I didn’t miss the onion at all and I think I prefer it this way. Bacon (or the ham) could definitely be added, crisped, as a nice texture contrast but the soup is definitely healthier this way and I didn’t miss the meat. I think the only thing I would change next time is to add more potatoes…I think 3 or even 4 cups of potatoes would really make this a nice hearty meal (though after 2 bowls I was full).

Another great Pinterest find! I hope you enjoy!

Happy pinning!

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3 thoughts on “Potato and Cheddar Soup

  1. I’m the problem with my generation. I’m so baffled as to why you have a cooking blog. It makes no sense. You never follow directions and you’re constantly swapping ingredients and you always seem so preoccupied with putting in as little effort as humanly possible instead of just, ya know, enjoying the cooking experience. I also cannot understand why you never have any of the damn ingredients the recipe calls for. You went to the god damn supermarket before making this goopy looking bowl of mush and yet you STILL failed to buy onions. Wtf.

    • Thanks for your comments Bobby! While not ideal, at least I know people are reading! To answer your questions:

      1) I wouldn’t classify this as a cooking blog and don’t write it as such – if you read my description the purpose of this blog is to review things (mostly recipes but also craft ideas, DIY projects, etc.) that I specifically found on Pinterest. This is my focus because there are just SO many things on Pinterest that many people do not know what to actually try and what not to – I try to shed a little light on that.

      2) I often don’t have all of the ingredients because a) I still live at home (as you saw in my most recent post – this will change soon!) and usually just use what we already have in the house (I DO NOT run out to the grocery store before every recipe. The previous recipe you commented on (the mac& cheese soup) is a perfect example – I decided to make it about 20 minutes before I started as we had most of the items in the house – not after a grocery trip,) b) I’m young and on a budget so if there is something I deem not super necessary (i.e. shallots since I didn’t have any and I don’t like onions) I prefer not to waste money on it, and c) personal preference which every home cook exercises in the kitchen. It is never a function of being “preoccupied with putting in as little effort as humanly possible.”

      I hope that clears things up for you. If you choose to keep reading then I hope you find something useful for you. If not, thanks for giving me the chance to explain the blog in more detail to the rest of my readers!

      As a side note, while it might not look sexy (or like a “goopy looking bowl of mush” as you so eloquently put it) it was actually very delicious and possibly one of the best home cooked soups that I have had. I’m sure such a food critic and experienced chef as yourself (you must be right?) has had better but for a young, home-cook just starting out it was good enough for me.

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