Guys…oooh yeeess!! I want to do a happy dance right now, because this soup is…TOO good!! Yes, perhaps I’m kinda pushing the fall food at ya, but I think it’s totally worth it! I mean, fall is amazing, so is summer, but I LOVE fall. Yep…I do believe (100%) that this soup is worth it! I’m also super excited right now because I haven’t posted a recipe in what seems like forever (a day or two) and I’ve been so eager to share something new – and extremely tasty – with you! This recipe is a keeper-keeper folks, it really is!! You must try!
Yesterday was the best-ever soaking rainy day, and I couldn’t help but smile as I sat in the kitchen watching it all pour down. The pitifully parched section of land (that I’ve been calling grass) really needed it – it can truthfully be called grass once again. Another plus about rain is that I find it quite relieving in a way. It’s like the sky is crying for me – and I can simply sit back and enjoy it, without suffering from red, puffy eyes. Trust me, my eyes look like that more than I’d like to admit. Red puffy eyes are cool, really, but it’s nice to have a break from them every once and awhile. 😉
My brothers, who do yard work most of the summer, were forced to stay home, thanks to the sopping wet everything outside, and I truly didn’t mind at all. It’s always a little bit brighter around here when they’re home. 🙂 More smiles, more laughter, rain or shine.
The rain got me thinking about comfort foods, especially soups, stews and (absolutely) hot chocolate! All of which make me very happy. Beautiful!
I had made this loaded crispy bacon and baked potato soup the day before, and SO wished that I could have a bowl right then and there…but sadly the whole pot had been demolished before that cozy moment. Even though I could have easily made it on this wonderful indoor day, I didn’t. Instead, I made it today. Sun shiny, hot, VERY hot day. For whatever reason, I come up with my best stove-top recipe ideas on the hottest days of summer. Odd? I’d say so. 🙂
But, seriously! Even in the heat of summer!
Let me explain a couple thing here. Have you ever had a LOADED baked potato? If not, you need to try it!! Key ingredients being – bacon (enough said, right? bacon = yes please! That’s all I need to hear, but I’ll go on anyway…) cheese is another KEY ingredient, and then or course, baked potatoes!
Thick, chunky and truly flavorful to the MAX – not kidding!
Yes. Yes. Yes! I could eat bowl after bowl.
- 6 cups cubed potatoes, washed
- ½ cup canola oil or vegetable oil
- ½ tsp pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ cup bacon bits
- 6 cups beef broth
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- 2 cups corn
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- Place cubed potatoes and canola oil in a large frying pan.
- Turn heat to medium high. Fry potatoes for 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly (otherwise the potatoes may stick to your pan, depending on the type of pan you're using)
- Add the salt, pepper, onion powder and bacon bits to the pan. Fry for another 5 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
- Turn off the heat and dump the fried ingredients into a large pot. (I scraped all the ingredients into the pot, even the extra bit of oil on the bottom of the frying pan - for more flavor)
- Pour the beef broth into the large pot along with greens onions and corn.
- Turn on the heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- While you wait for it to boil, you can make the soup thickener.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium high. Once butter is bubbling, add the flour and stir until well combined and bubbly. Take off of the heat, and set aside.
- Once the ingredients in the large pot are boiling, you can add the thickener you just made.
- Stir together well, and bring to a boil once again.Once at a boil, turn off the heat and add the cheese. Stir until melted.
- Once cheese is melted, add the sour cream, and stir till everything is combined.
- The soup is ready to be served! Top with addition green onion, sour cream, bacon bits and cheese if desired. Enjoy!
Steps are as follows:
Questions for you:
Rainy days or sunny days? Which do you prefer?
Do you find the step by step pictures helpful, or would you prefer something else? I’m working on my video taking and editing skills. I’m hoping to have a video or two up and running on here within the next few weeks. 😉