Monday, August 28, 2006

Soupy outside... soupy inside!

We have been pretty dry around here... so much that the grass has that dusty brown hue that we had to live with in Phoenix. Tonight the drops are starting to fall outside, which in turn makes it a perfect night for some soup! Although it was iffy if the soup was going to finish cooking, as it seems the power likes to go out for a couple minutes at a time if there is even weak breeze! Ahh... country life!

Tonight's dinner, Garlic and Potato Soup, is not a heavy thick potato soup that one might be used to. Caramelized onions form the base flavor with quite a bit of vegetable broth and water to keep it light. Cubes of russet potatoes and a bunch of whole garlic cloves are added in and this mixture is left to simmer until the potatoes are very tender. Since the soup takes about 20 minutes to soften the potatoes, the garlic mellows out and looses its bite. To give the soup some body, I used an immersion blender to puree most of the chunky potatoes and garlic cloves. Try not to puree too much though, as you want some larger bits left behind. You could do this in a blender, but process them in small batches so you can control the texture. Because we like to leave the peels of the potatoes on, the visuals of the soup is not as clean, but I don't see why else you would need to take them off. Light, fairly smooth and darn filling, this comforting soup was a great way to end a humid rainy evening.


  1. Gotta love potato/garlic combo...always a winner!

  2. That soup sounds incredible! I'll have to test it out. Please report on whether it got better the second day . . . !!

  3. the perfect thing to survive the last bit of winter :)

  4. Ooohh... potatoes and garlic, two of my favorte things. Looks delcious!

  5. Soup looks great!
    I used your zucchini bar recipe to make bars for a friend of mine, I added a drizzle of icing on top, she loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Wheresmymind - As we found out!

    Catherine - I had some for lunch today... it really kept and reheated well!

    Lexi - Yeah!

    Jennifer - Thanks!

    Brilynn - I'm happy to hear the bar recipe came out for you! What kind of icing did you use?

  7. I just did a quick vanilla icing sugar concoction... Sometime in the next few days I'll be posting a zucchini round up on my site- I went away for a few days and returned with a garden overrun by zucchinis, I've been baking them into an assortment of bars and muffins and cakes and breads and...