Mmmm, such a comfort soup on a cold day! I highly recommend organic or local ingredients. You can leave without, or add fried bacon or sausage, our preference is pork bacon. Everyone seems to love this soup!
• 3 Tbsp butter
• 1 large onion
• 1/2 cup thinly slice carrot
• 1/2 cup diced celery
• 2 garlic cloves
• 4 cups diced potato
• 2 cups chicken bone broth
• 1 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. pepper
• 1 tsp. parsley flakes or 2-3 Tbsp fresh
• Approx 1 cup whole milk
• 3 slices of fried, diced organic bacon (optional)
Put first 5 ingredients into a large pot and sauté veggies until onion is soft and clear.
Add potato, chicken broth, salt, pepper and parsley. Bring to a boil. Add bacon. Cover and simmer slowly until all cooked, stirring occasionally.
You can then mash it well with a potato masher. I have also blended it lightly using an immersion blender making it creamy.
Stir in milk at the very end, after turning off the heat (do not allow it to boil once the milk has been added). Can be garnished with cheese (I like sprinkling grated Parmesan). Serves 4.