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Houlihan's Baked Potato Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken base
  • 1 cup instant potato flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt, to taste
  • White pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prick washed potatoes and bake until a fork pierces to the center easily.
  3. Remove potatoes from oven and allow to fully cool.
  4. Remove skin and cut potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside.
  5. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
  6. Add onions and sauté over low heat for 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Don't allow onions to burn.
  7. Add flour to onions and butter and cook 4 - 5 minutes, stirring well until flour is absorbed.
  8. In a separate container, combine water, chicken base, potato flakes and seasonings. Stir or whisk thoroughly to eliminate lumps.
  9. Add slowly to onion mixture, stirring constantly so no lumps form.
  10. Increase to medium heat and continue cooking until the soup begins to gently simmer.
  11. Add milk and cream, stirring until smooth and lightly thickened. Simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil. Soup should just simmer lightly.
  12. Remove from heat and serve.
  13. Top each serving with grated Cheddar cheese, sliced scallions and bacon pieces.

Serving size: 8

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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