Gotta give credit, where credit is due, and this recipe is from the deliciously delightful
'FarmChicks in the Kitchen' Cookbook.
A delight for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
Just be prepared to fall over when you eat this soup, so I do suggest you seat yourself first.
Without further adieu....the recipe...
My eyes rolled back up in m' head, and I imagined a river of this soup, and I, in my canoe of bacon forging it. It really don't get no betta.
I've made this soup with russets (which the recipe calls for), and red potatoes, and I like it equally.
Ok, seriously now...the recipe...
But one quick thing first....don't even try to make it with skim milk. I mean seriously...butter, cheese, don't skimp on the milk....use whole.
1/2 stick of butter
1 cup diced carrots (1/4" dice)
4 cups chicken broth
5 cups peeled, diced russet potatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
1 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups)
Make the soup:
Melt 1 T of the butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and saute until softened - 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broth, potatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender - about 20 minutes.
Make the cheese sauce:
Meanwhile, melt the remaining 3 T butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened 0 2 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted and thoroughly combined. Gradually pour the sauce into the soup and stir until thoroughly blended.
Saw Dr. Dimples today. He and his staff are such a joy. Truly, if you need a dentist in NW Indiana...please check out Dr. Louis Sertich.
(He remembers you Sindy!)
He seemed concerned that I still had a sore lump in my gums after a two weeks of antibiotics. One more week of antibiotics, and another visit, and if it's not better then, I need more drilling. It's all good. I'm not in serious pain anymore, in fact, I'm feeling like myself again.
Thank you all so much for your comments and concerns!