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Potato Soup with Hash Browns

Potato Soup with Hash Browns

Are you in the mood for a warm and comforting soup that is both hearty and delicious? Look no further than potato soup with hash browns! This creamy and flavorful dish is perfect for those chilly nights when you crave something cozy and satisfying. Whether you’re a beginner cook or a seasoned chef, this recipe is easy to follow and will leave you wanting seconds. So, grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

The Magic of Potatoes

Potatoes are like little bundles of magic. They are incredibly versatile and can be transformed into a variety of dishes. From mashed potatoes to french fries, this starchy vegetable has become a staple in many cuisines around the world. And when it comes to soup, potatoes add a creamy texture and a satisfying depth of flavor.

Hash Browns: The Secret Ingredient

Now, let’s talk about the star of this recipe – hash browns. These crispy golden nuggets take this potato soup to a whole new level. Not only do they add a delightful crunch, but they also infuse the soup with even more potato goodness. It’s like having a bowl of comfort in each spoonful.

Creating the Perfect Creamy Base

To achieve that velvety and creamy base for your potato soup, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Start with a rich and flavorful broth, whether it’s vegetable or chicken. Then, add in some diced onions, minced garlic, and fragrant herbs like thyme and rosemary. Let these ingredients simmer together, releasing their aromas and infusing the broth with their flavors.

Making It Your Own

The beauty of potato soup with hash browns is that you can make it your own. Feel free to add in your favorite vegetables, such as carrots, celery, or corn, for some extra color and texture. If you’re a cheese lover, sprinkle some grated cheddar on top and watch it melt into the soup, adding another layer of indulgence. And don’t forget to season with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices that tickle your taste buds.

FAQs

Q: Can I use frozen hash browns for this recipe?

A: Absolutely! Frozen hash browns work just as well as fresh ones. Just make sure to thaw them before adding them to the soup.

Q: Can I make this soup ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can! Potato soup with hash browns can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Just reheat it on the stovetop and enjoy.

Q: Can I freeze this soup?

A: Definitely! Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Q: Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?

A: Of course! Vegetable broth is a great alternative for those who prefer a vegetarian or vegan option. It will still provide a delicious base for your soup.

Q: Can I add bacon to this recipe?

A: Absolutely! Crispy bacon bits add a delightful crunch and smoky flavor to the soup. Cook the bacon separately and sprinkle it on top before serving.

Q: Can I use an immersion blender to puree the soup?

A: Yes, you can use an immersion blender to achieve a smoother texture. Just be careful not to overblend, as you want to maintain some chunks of potatoes for added texture.

Q: Can I substitute sour cream for heavy cream?

A: Yes, you can use sour cream as a substitute for heavy cream. It will add a tangy flavor and a creamy texture to the soup.

Q: Can I garnish the soup with fresh herbs?

A: Absolutely! Fresh herbs like parsley or chives add a pop of freshness and color to the soup. Sprinkle them on top just before serving.

Q: Can I serve this soup with crusty bread?

A: Definitely! A slice of warm crusty bread is the perfect accompaniment to this hearty potato soup. It’s great for dipping and soaking up all the delicious flavors.

In Conclusion

Potato soup with hash browns is a comforting and satisfying dish that will warm your soul. With its creamy base, crispy hash browns, and customizable ingredients, it’s a recipe that can be tailored to your taste. So why not give it a try? Grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and get ready to indulge in a bowl of potato goodness!

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Potato Soup with Hash Browns

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package (28 ounces) of thawed frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 42 ounces of chicken broth
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 large potato , peeled and diced
  • ½ cup of chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese , softened and cut into chunks
  • cup of shredded Cheddar cheese , or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of bacon bits , or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions , or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place hash browns in a slow cooker.
  • Pour in chicken broth, condensed soup, diced potato, chopped onion, and ground pepper.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low heat for 3 to 5 hours, or until the potatoes are tender and the soup is hot.
  • Add softened cream cheese to the slow cooker and mix it in until melted and well combined using a whisk.
  • Serve the soup in bowls and garnish with shredded Cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and sliced green onions.
  • If you decide not to include bacon bits, you may want to season with salt to taste.
  • Avoid using fat-free cream cheese as it will not melt properly.
Keyword and, Cheese, Chili, Cooker, Dairy, Potato, Potatoes, Recipes, Slow, Soup, soups, Stews, Vegetable
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