Loaded Crock-Pot Potato Soup

Seasonal Sunday

I know that we have been posting about the unseasonably warm, sunny days we are enjoying over here on the West Coast.  Gotta admit that it has been delightful, but I know so many of you are still in the thick of it when it comes to rain, sleet and snow.  So, I figured that for Seasonal Sunday, I would share something that would warm you up and make you feel cozy!

Actually, you will probably be seeing us share a few new crock-pot recipes over here at Zest.  Sam and I made New Year’s resolutions that included finding a way to squeeze in more midweek, home-cooked meals this year.  Honestly, I felt like I did cook at home a ton last year, but I was usually scrambling to make it happen between Zest, Boy Scouts, soccer, ballet, urban acro, youth group and homework.  Actually, I don’t even know how I did it but it happened….and when it didn’t, there was always frozen pizza! (Blech!)  So, this year, I am taking a few minutes to meal plan at the head of the week, and do a few prep things in the morning to make dinner a stress free, nourishing time around the table with mi familia!

crock pot potato soup_0000Loaded Crock-Pot Potato Soup

2 lbs of potatoes

4-5 cups of chicken broth (or Better Than Bouillon)

1 package of Cream cheese

1/4 cup of chopped scallions

1 tsp of black pepper

salt to taste

Toppings:

scallions

bacon

cheddar cheese

sour cream

chopped broccoli

crock pot potato soup_0001I love this recipe because it is a great way to go meatless for at least one dinner, and it is such a cinch to make.  This is definitely one of those chop and dump type of recipes!crock pot potato soup_0002Since I am cooking this in a crock pot, I don’t bother with cutting the potatoes super small.  Just chunk them up and throw them in.crock pot potato soup_0003I said 4-5 cups of chicken broth, but really you are looking to just cover the potatoes.  This isn’t rocket science…it’s soup! 🙂  I actually used Better Than Bouillon because it was handy and in my fridge.  So, I used 4-5 cups of water and then added in a couple of tablespoons of the Better Than Bouillon.crock pot potato soup_0004Now for a little bit more flavor, add in your cream cheese and black pepper.  Be careful with the salt, potatoes like salt but I do not know how salty your chicken broth is…so make sure to taste as you go.
crock pot potato soup_0006Add in a 1/4 cup of scallions for some yumminess.crock pot potato soup_0007Now, let the crockpot work it’s magic.  Since I started this in the morning, I put my crock pot on low and let it go for like 9 hours.  You will just need to puree it when you are ready to serve.  I simply used a blending stick.  crock pot potato soup_0000Now it is just about assembling a bunch of yummy toppings and diving in for some of the best comfort food!crock pot potato soup_0001Look at this little recipe as a big hug from me if you are stuck with yucky weather!

xoxo

Chanda

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