Joanna Gaines Country Potato Soup with Crumbled Bacon

It’s officially Fall in Colorado.  The temperatures have rapidly dropped from a bizarre 90° hot streak into the 50’s and 60’s.  I think it’s time I get my mentality into the ‘fall state-of-mind’ and make some soup.  Hot soup with bread for dipping is one of my go-to’s during the chilly months, so this should help me adjust. 🙂

While we’re on this topic – Some notable mentions regarding the Fall season:

  • Crisp, cool air
  • Cheaper electric bill
  • Picking pumpkins with the kids
  • Holiday planning
  • Mosquitoes succumb to their death 😛
  • Baking and the smell of spice
  • Hot soup ❤
  • Thanksgiving with family

 

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best recipes.  Joanna Gaines new cookbook has a good amount of soup recipes and this one caught my eye because it has potatoes!  Oh, and… Bacon!

 

I began by sauteing diced onion in butter.

 

Then I added the carrots and garlic.  This recipe calls for celery but I chose to omit it ONLY because I didn’t have any on hand, and didn’t feel like grocery shopping in my PJs.

 

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Once the veggies were softened up, I mixed in flour.

 

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And then added the chicken broth.

 

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Diced potatoes…

 

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And the seasonings.  The recipe says to garnish the soup with fresh thyme at the end.  I didn’t have fresh thyme, so I decided to add 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme to the soup base.

 

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The recipe also says to garnish the soup with bacon crumbles at the end.  I decided to add half of the chopped bacon to the soup for additional flavor but saved enough to also garnish it at the end.

 

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What it looks like after you add the milk. 🙂

 

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I like potato soup thicker than Joanna’s recipe, so I whisked a few tablespoons of cornstarch into some chicken broth and mixed that into the soup base before I covered it to simmer.

 

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Isn’t this dutch oven adorable?  My neighbor Sarah gave it to me. 

I let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes and then it was done.

 

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You can’t have hot potato soup without bread and I happened to have a fresh loaf of sourdough!!

 

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The finished product – Hearty and delicious!  Garnished with shredded cheddar cheese and more bacon!  If you choose to make this easy, tasty soup, let me know about it.

Enjoy!  ❤ xoxo

 

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Joanna Gaines Country Potato Soup with Crumbled Bacon

 

My tweaks:  Omitted celery, added 1/2 tsp dried thyme to the base, added 1/2 of the bacon crumbles to the base, thickened the base with cornstarch. Serve with sourdough or quick garlic bread twists.

 

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Author: farmtotabletosoul

Hello, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Tara and I created this blog as a creative outlet for myself but also in hopes that I could inspire others like you. Please stick around and re-imagine your creative side. There's plenty of recipes and DIY ideas to check out if you're willing! _______________________________________________________________________________ About Me: I'm a 34 year old energetic wife and mother. I have a vivid imagination and bold sense of humor. I love to cook, bake and create. ☺️ - Tara

8 thoughts

  1. I loved the way you started with your recipe. All the fun fall things to look forward to and the quotes. Thank you, I will try.✝️♥️☮️

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