This is a perfect recipe to use up leftover baked potatoes or mashed potatoes. I usually keep them in a bag in the freezer until I have enough and then make this.

Baked Potato Soup

2 quarts milk (whole milk tastes better, but I usually use skim since it’s lower in fat and what I have in the house)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 onion, diced
5 or 6 baked potatoes (or equivalent mashed potatoes)
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & fresh ground pepper

Garnish Options

green onions
shredded cheese
bacon
sour cream

Directions

  1. Place butter and onions in a large pot. Cook till onions are translucent.
  2. Reserve 2 cups of milk and pour the rest in the pot with the onions.
  3. Warm milk and while it is heating mix remaining milk with the flour, whisking till smooth.
  4. Whisk the milk/flour mixture into the heated milk, continuing to whisk till well blended and smooth.
  5. When milk has thickened add the potatoes, bacon, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  6. Finally mix in the sour cream just till melted. Serve immediately.

Sometimes I add the garnishes and just put the pot on the table. Sometimes I put them all in little bowls and let each person doctor their own bowl up. Beloved likes to to add hot sauce to his as well, of course.

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