Thursday, October 21, 2010

Potato Soup

I was craving soup, but I wanted a recipe that was simple and light.  After a quick look through the pages of my Grandmother’s cookbooks, I had my soup recipe. 


This recipe for Potato Soup is from what I believe to be the oldest cookbook that my Grandmother owned, circa 1930-40’s.  It was super simple to make and from start to finish took less than 25 minutes to prepare.

The potato and onion has been sliced, water and salt have been added…now it’s time to start cooking.soup1

Bring the water to a boil and then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer.


Add cream and butter.


Dust with pepper, garnish and enjoy!



This is the original recipe exactly as it was written in the cookbook.

Potato Soup

Peel and slice 1 potato in very thin slices.  Peel and slice a small onion in thin slices.  Cook rapidly in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes.  Add 3 cups of thin cream or rich milk and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  Heat.  Add 2 tablespoons of butter.  Dust with pepper.  Sprinkle each portion with minced parsley.  Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped, may be substituted for the parsley.  Serves 4.

My comments on the recipe…

For a light lunch, this recipe was exactly what I wanted.  However, I honestly can’t see how one potato is going to feed 4…especially not the four hungry people that I feed each day!  Well, possibly if you were hosting a ladies’ luncheon and were also serving breads, sandwiches or salads.  There was basically enough potatoes in the soup to feed one person with a lot soup liquid left over.

For my personal taste, I thought it needed a tiny bit more salt added to it.  Since I was out of parsley and didn’t have time to run out to the store, I garnished the soup with crumbled bacon.


I’m linking up with Designs by Gollum for another Foodie Friday.  I’m also linking up with Brenda’s Canadian Kitchen for Cookbook Sundays. We would love to have you join us!



Miz Helen said...

I really enjoyed looking at your table settings, I love a pretty table. Your potato soup looks really good, I wish I had a bowl right now. Thank you for stopping by my blog, I enjoyed stopping by yours.

Life with L said...

That looks so yummy. I am definitely going to try it...maybe even add some cheddar cheese... Linda

Anonymous said...

Nothing I like better than a super easy recipe, and this one definitely qualifies. I'm doing it! Thanks.

Brenda said...

I love potato soup and yours looks delicious. I think adding the crumbled bacon was a great idea. Yum! Thank you for sharing this recipe with Cookbook Sundays!!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I love the idea of this soup - especially with the bacon - definitely an better garnish than parsley - in fact, I think one should only garnish with parsley if you happen to be out of bacon !!
Sue :-)

Kathleen said...

I agree with the above poster. I always use bacon, and a sprinkle of cheddar is good too!
Looks delicious, DG!