Saturday, September 22, 2012

Broccoli Potato CrockPot Soup with bacon

Dear MGC readers,

It is that time of the year when I begin to switch our weekly menu over to more hearty and fall inspired meals! In this post, I am giving you a step-by-step instruction on how to make my easiest soup ever: Broccoli Potato with Bacon Soup!

Why is it so easy? It's a crockPot recipe I came up with one night, having the need to make good use of my leftover vegetables before heading out back to the grocery store... I now make this soup quite often, not only is it very easy to make, it keeps well, re-heats well and also freezes well!
So go ahead and make some freezer meals out of it, you will not be disappointed!


Broccoli Potato Soup with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

 
Ingredients:




3 large Broccoli Crowns
4 medium potatoes (any kind)
1 large onion
3 large carrots
1 can of Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup
3 to 4 slices of thick bacon
Cheddar cheese (for garnish)
Salt and Pepper to taste (though not needed since the bacon will flavor the soup)




Preparation time: under 15 minutes
Cooking Time: CrockPot set on high for 2H30MN.


Step One:

Cut and wash the broccoli crowns, running the florets under cold water.




Place the broccoli inside the crock pot.


 
 

 
Step Two:
 
Peel, wash and dice the potatoes, carrots and onions, add one by one to the crockpot, right over the broccoli.
 
 
Add potatoes


Add carrots


Add onions
 
Step Three:
 
Pour the content of one can of condensed cream of chicken soup right on top of the vegetables, spread a little bit with a knife, if needed.
 
Using the same can, add 7 cans of warm water directly to the crockpot, this will create enough broth. Without water it will cook as a broccoli casserole which is not bad, however the broccoli will turn yellow and will be very soft!
 
Lay the strips of bacon flat across the vegetables, they will cook last (heat comes from the bottom) but will flavor the entire dish nonetheless!
 
 
 
Add the condensed chicken soup, water and bacon
 
Step Four:
 
Set the CrockPot's timer to 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Set the CrockPot's temperature to HIGH.
 
Cover with aluminum foil and place your lid over the crock pot. That's it!
 
Step Five:
 
Using a hand mixer, puree the soup directly into the pot.
 
Option One: Leave the bacon inside the pot and mix it all together.
 
Option Two: Take the bacon strips out of the pot and set aside while you are mixing the soup (that was my option here, though I have used both and they are equally delicious).
 
 
Using the hand mixer
 
 
Serving recommendations:
 
This is how I serve my soup: I pour two ladles worth of soup into a large bowl. Using the cooked bacon I had previously set aside, I cut tiny pieces of bacon directly onto the soup and add some shredded cheddar to the top.
 
I serve my soup with freshly baked Pillsbury Biscuits...Yum!
 
Why I love this soup?
 
It is easy to prepare.
It tastes delicious.
It is a meal on its own.
It is kids approved!
 
Vegetarian options? Sure! Substitute the Cream of Chicken with Cream of Mushroom condensed soup, no bacon!
 
 
 



 
 
Enjoy!
 

 

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