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Warm and Cozy Potato Soup

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In years past we have had a tradition of serving soup for Christmas Eve that we eat after returning home from a Christmas Eve Service. Growing up, we would invite friends to join us. I have such sweet memories of this tradition. So of course I needed to share it with you!

Of course you can make whatever soup you want. Some years we served chili. Other years it was chili and potato soup. You don’t even have to serve soup. Invite friends over for hot chocolate and cookies.

The important thing is being surrounded by those you love.

Potato Soup

You Will Need:

Potatoes cut into small cubes
carrots
medium onion
two ribs of celery
5 garlic cloves
Chicken Stock
Heavy Cream (omit if making dairy free)
Salt
Pepper
Butter (use Earth Balance dairy free option if you want this dairy free)

Chop the medium onion, celery, and carrots into bite-sized pieces. Mince garlic cloves. Add vegetables to the butter and saute into onions are translucent. {It smells heavenly!}

Okay. While I know you want to skip this step and just throw everything in, please don’t. It adds a rich depth to the soup. I can tell when I do this and when I don’t.

While the vegetables are sautéing, peel and chop potatoes into small cubes. I usually do 1 inch or smaller, but it’s really up to you.

Add potatoes to the sautéing vegetables and let them cook for a bit. Stir frequently, letting all the flavors meld together.

Add homemade Chicken Stock and bring to a boil.

This is when you can either let it continue to boil until the potatoes are cooked, or turn the burner to low and let the soup simmer. I tend to do the latter, cooking the potatoes low and slow.

Once the potatoes are soft, the soup is basically ready. Add the heavy cream (12-16 oz) or for a dairy free version, you can add rice milk {or a different milk alternative}.

I have always LOVED Potato Soup, but couldn’t always make it at home. This recipe is the best. I could seriously eat the whole pot by myself. YUM!!

You can garnish it with chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, chives, add red pepper flakes while it’s simmering. Even kale.

There are so many options with this delicious soup!

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Jennie

Saturday 21st of January 2017

How many potatoes? I don't see in the recipe :) thanks!

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Saturday 21st of January 2017

Hi, Jennie! I use between 5-7 medium sized potatoes. But I love potatoes. I've also used 3-4 large ones. It really depends on the size.

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