I’ve never followed a recipe for potato bacon soup, I have always made it from scratch without measuring anything, I have added everything from ale to fresh green beans to roasted pine nuts, don’t be afraid to experiment this is a basic recipe you can add too it depending on what you have on hand. Like a roast this get’s it’s amazing flavor from cooking in the pan before the liquids are added.
Potato Bacon Soup
6 pieces thick cut bacon
3 cloves garlic
3 large golden potatoes
1/2 cup flour
1 quart chicken broth
1/2 bottle ale
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream
Dice bacon into 1 inch pieces and place in soup pan, cook on medium heat. stirring occasionally until bacon is completely cooked.
While bacon is cooking dice the onion, cut potatoes into 1 inch pieces and roughly chop garlic.
Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Increase heat to medium high and add the onion, potatoes and garlic to the pan with the bacon fat. Stir frequently, scraping the bottom of the pan and continue to cook until onion becomes mostly translucent.
Add flour, parsley, salt and pepper to the potatoes and onions and mix well. Continue to stir constantly until the flour begins to brown, 2-3 minutes.
At this point it should look like this.
As the flour begins to brown reintroduce the bacon and add the quart of chicken broth and half bottle of ale. Reduce heat slightly and bring to a low boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes. When potatoes are cooked through remove the pan from the heat and mix in 1/4 cup heavy cream.