Potato soup rules. It compliments an elegant party menu and gives comfort and nourishment to the sick, but best of all, the ingredients are usually on hand.
Step 1: Saute onion Saute a chopped onion in butter or oil in a large pot over medium heat, until the onion is soft.
Step 2: Add potatoes Add five peeled and diced potatoes to the pot, then add enough boiling water or stock to cover the potatoes, and toss in a teaspoon of thyme or a bay leaf.
TIP: Dice potatoes into small pieces to make a chunky-style potato soup.
Step 3: Bring to boil Bring the potato soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft enough to break apart.
Step 4: Puree Puree the mixture if you prefer to make a potato soup with a smooth and creamy consistency.
TIP: Use an immersion blender to safely puree the hot potato soup.
Step 5: Add milk or light cream to thin the soup and for a greater nutritional value; then return the soup to the heat and warm it to the desired temperature.
Step 6: Ladle Ladle the soup into bowls, then add salt and pepper to taste. Serve family and friends, warming their bodies and spirits on a cold day.
FACT: A 165-year old mystery was recently solved when scientists used DNA evidence to determine the biological culprit responsible for the potato crop failure causing the Irish Potato Famine and the death of more than a million people.