6Tbspshredded cheddar cheeseoptional, more if desired
6Tbspgreen onionschopped (optional), more if desired
6Tbspsour creamoptional, more if desired
The first step in making the soup is to prepare your potatoes. To do this, wash them thoroughly and remove any protruding roots from the potatoes. Dice them into bite-size pieces, rinse once more, then allow them to dry.
In a large soup pot, add diced onions, minced garlic, and either butter or a drizzle of olive oil. Sauté over medium-low heat, until the onions become transparent. When onions are transparent, add a sprinkling of flour over the mixture. Stir until onions and garlic are coded in flour. Cook for one minute.
Next add milk, chicken broth, and heavy cream to the mixture. Stir until the onion mixture is combined with your liquid just added. Keep over medium-low heat stirring occasionally.
When your liquid has been sufficiently mixed with the onion and flour mixture, add your prepared potatoes. Stir to combine. Then add salt and pepper. Mix well. Simmer stirring occasionally over medium-low heat, until potatoes are soft. If desired, you may include your optional celery and carrots at the same time your potatoes are added.
This portion of the instructions is optional. If you prefer the liquid in the soup to be a bit thicker, remove ¼ of the soup mixture and pour it into a blender. Blend until smooth. Then pour this mixture back into your soup pot.
After your potatoes are completely cooked, turn your soup to the lowest temperature setting. Add sour cream, then stir to combine. Be careful to not turn your soup to a high temperature once the sour cream has been added, as it can easily curdle. When the sour cream is dissolved into the soup, dish the soup into your serving bowls, tab with desired toppings, serve and enjoy!
If you would like to speed up the process of making the soup, below is a method that will allow you to easily shave off 10 to 15 minutes of the cooking time for the soup. To have your dinner ready faster, microwave your potatoes before adding them to your soup. To do this you will add your prepared potatoes into a microwavable bowl, cover them entirely with water, place them into the microwave for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes has passed check on your potatoes to see if they are soft. If not, microwave until they are soft when you insert a fork. Drain the liquid from your potatoes, then pour into your soup mixture. Doing this allows you to skip cooking the potatoes on your stovetop. All that’s left is to simply bring your entire soup to a simmer once all your ingredients are added. Then you can serve and enjoy!
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