Hi everyone...the temperatures are dropping quickly here in Illinois. It looks like it's time to start cooking for winter. I'll share one of our family favorites with you. Home Made Potato soup! This is a good base recipe to alter for dietary needs, vegetarian or organic.
Shari's Tator Soup: Serves 8 (guys)
Potatoes (8-10 peeled and diced)
Green Onions (4 cut with greens)
Bacon (5 slices uncooked or 10 slices pre-cooked) cut in 1/2" pieces
Milk (this can vary) ( I use 2%)
Salt (to taste) (I use sea salt)
Pepper (to taste)
Potato Flakes (to thicken)
Crisp bacon in the bottom of a stock pot. Add onions, potatoes and 2 tsp. of salt, add enough water to cover potatoes. On medium heat, cook till corners of potatoes become slightly rounded (about 1/2 hour). Drain water. Add milk to cover potatoes and return to heat, add pepper. Once hot, sprinkle 3 tbsp. of potato flakes to the soup. Salt and pepper to taste.
If you like thicker soup, add more potato flakes. If you're vegetarian, omit bacon. If you're vegan, omit bacon and substitute milk with soy milk.
Another option would be to add fresh Parsley and Carrots. You could also use small pieces of diced ham instead of bacon.