In our family there is a soup my mother makes that is simple but a huge favorite of everyone in the family. Every birthday she would ask each child what we wanted for our special birthday dinner, and then cringe when we requested her special, Potato Soup. “You don’t want Pizza?” she would ask. No, we all wanted her special soup, which is warm, hearty, and full of yummy flavor. My mother is modest and labels it the poor man’s meal because it is stomach heavy and will leave you full for days but in our minds that’s one hell of a soup.
When it’s time for a family reunion you can be sure this delicious meal is not a request but an immediate demand from all of us, and even the grandkids too, now. I remember when I went off to college, my sister and I tried numerous times to replicate it without success. Our sauce was either too runny or like glue. It just didn’t have our mother’s touch.
So finally the last time my mother came to the UK to visit me, I insisted that she stood over me and coach me through her recipe, so I can see where I was going wrong. Now I love making it for my own family.
My brother was pleased this week when he arrived in the UK and I was serving my version of our Momma’s potato soup.
I love to learn family traditions and recipes that I can pass down one day. I do have to admit I have now added my own ingredients to suit my family members’ tastes. So here is my Momma’s famous “Potato Soup” recipe and a few marked ingredients with a *, I have added to make it my own style soup.
- 1/2 cup unsalted cubed butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 gallon milk (4 pints)
- 5 large potatoes, peeled, diced into medium cubes
- 1 1/2 lbs. beef (mince meat)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 can sweetcorn*
- 1 can garden peas*
- salt & pepper to serve
- Cook beef with onions, drain grease afterwards
- Boil potatoes until slightly soft, don't over boil
- Add corn, peas, cooked beef & onions to drained potatoes in large pot, set aside
- In large skillet, melt your butter
- Slowly add your flour and stir constantly
- Butter and flour will make a dough like mixture
- Slowly add your milk in and stir completely before adding more
- After all milk has been added to butter and flour mixture, keep stirring until thick
- Add white roux sauce over your peas, corn, beef and potatoes in large pot and heat together
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Serve with crusty bread or crackers
- Why not add a 1/2 cup of crispy, cooked bacon or grate cheese on top with cajun spice for a spicy flare?
This recipe can be served with grated cheese (our family loves pepperjack cheese in it) or saltine crackers (Doriano crackers in the UK) crushed on top or just with some good old salt and pepper. If you have leftovers, it can easily go in the freezer for a future rainy day. Don’t like chunky soup, you can always blend this all together.
BABY TIP: I used to blend this up, add cheddar cheese, for my son and daughter when they were weaning onto solids. They loved it. Great for the whole family.
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