Potato Fun Facts
Potato Size Standards
Carol’s Easy Potato Soup
1/3 c. carrots, thinly sliced
In saucepan, cook carrots and onion in butter for 6 minutes. Stir in the potatoes. Slowly add enough milk for a medium-thick soup. Add some salt and pepper; heat. Serves 4 to 6.
Fine Fish Chowder
1 T. butter
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven (6-quart capacity), melt butter and add potatoes, carrots, onion, salt, cloves, dill and bay leaf. Sauté, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the boiling water and cover pot tightly. Simmer the chowder over very low heat for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add the fish and wine. Cover the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Discard the bay leaf. Add milk and cook, stirring until hot. Season with pepper and serve it sprinkled with parsley.
4 chicken bouillon cubes
Boil first 4 ingredients about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and frozen vegetables; cook about 20 minutes.
Add soup and cheese; heat until cheese melts. Keeps well in refrigerator. Just add milk and reheat.
Hungarian Potato Soup
1 c. chopped onions
Cook onion in butter until tender; add potatoes, salt, and enough water to cover the potatoes. Blend flour, paprika and sour cream mixture. Add milk, heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute, or until thick.
2 c. carrots
Cook first 4 ingredients until slightly tender. Add frozen peas and frankfurters. Cook 5 minutes. Stir milk into soup, add this, plus the cheese, to the first mixture. Heat, but do not boil. Serves 6.
Creamy Potato Soup
2 1/2 T. butter
In a kettle, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter or margarine. Add onions and carrots. Sauté for 5 minutes; stir in water, salt, pepper and bouillon cube. Add potatoes and simmer, covered, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse, dry and slice mushrooms. In a small skillet, melt remaining margarine or butter and sauté mushrooms until golden brown. Combine half & half with flour, stir into soup along with mushrooms. Stir until lightly thickened. Serves 4 to 5.
6 potatoes, cubed
4 slices bacon, diced & fried
Add onion to bacon drippings after bacon has been fried and removed. Cook until browned. Add water, potatoes, some salt and pepper. Cook until potatoes are done; add corn, milk and butter. Heat; add bacon when ready to serve. Serve 4 to 6 people.
4 chicken bouillon cubes
Cook until vegetables are just tender. Add 1 pound Velveeta cheese and heat until cheese melts. Do not boil.
Variation: Add seasoned salt while vegetables are cooking, if you wish.
Anna Mae Hankey
Easy Cream of Potato Soup
1/2 c. sliced green onion
In medium-size saucepan over medium heat, sauté sliced onion in oil. Add broth, bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat; whisk in flakes, evaporated milk and pepper. Return to heat and heat through. Makes 4 servings. May add water if too thick for your liking.
Anna Mae Hankey
Cream of Potato Soup
6 med. potatoes
Cook potatoes and carrot until done. (Do not salt until last, if needed.) Add onion soup and bouillon cube. Cook 10 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese and milk to desired thinness. Cook slightly and put into blender. Reheat to serve.
1 c. diced onion (about 1 med.)
Sauté onion and celery in butter until tender. Add potatoes and chicken broth and cook, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. Add 2 cups of the milk. Puree potatoes and liquid mixture in a blender in several batches. Return to saucepan and add remaining 1 cup milk, half & half, cheese, thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted. Serve garnish with parsley. Serves 6.
3/4 lb. bacon
Fry bacon until crisp. Crumble bacon and set aside to drain. Chop onion; sauté in bacon grease. Add rest of ingredients into a soup pan. Add onion and crumbled bacon. Salt and pepper, to taste.
Baked Potato Soup
2/3 c. butter or margarine
Melt butter in a large soup kettle. Stir in flour; heat, stirring until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add potatoes and onions. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10.
8 slices bacon, cut into 1” pieces
Cook bacon 5 minutes. Add potatoes and onion. Cook until tender. Add sour cream, milk, chicken soup, corn, pepper and thyme. Heat through. Garnish with cheese. Meal in less than 1/2 hour!
Note: Precooked potatoes or frozen hash browns can be used.
Favorite Potato Soup
2 T. butter
In a 3-quart saucepan, heat butter and milk and sauté onion until tender. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley, chicken broth, dill weed, salt and pepper; cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, or about 15 minutes. Reduce heat and add pimento and 3 1/2 cups of milk. Heat the soup until the milk is scalded only. Do not boil.
Note: You may use 1 1/2 tablespoons chicken bouillon in 1 1/2 cups of water, instead of the broth, for the same results.
Mrs. Hiladore Osowski
Leeks, Potato and Spinach Soup
1/4 c. butter or margarine
In a 3-quart saucepan over high heat, melt the butter in 1 cup of water. Add leeks, cover and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and remaining water; bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Just before serving, add spinach and simmer, gently, for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with a swirl of sour cream. Serves 4 to 6.
New England Fish Chowder
1 1/2 lb. fish
Cut fish into small pieces. Cook fish, potatoes and carrots in water, until done. Fry bacon until crisp, remove bacon, then sauté onion in the drippings. Add flour and stir until well blended. Gradually, add milk. Add that to fish mixture (do not drain fish mixture); add salt and pepper, simmer 10 minutes more and add butter. Serve hot.
1 c. chopped celery
Boil celery and onions in water and bouillon cubes. Add remaining ingredients.
Note: Or, combine celery, onion, bouillon, water, hash browns and vegetables together in a crock-pot.
Cook on low for 8 hours. Add soup and cheese. Cook on high until cheese melts. Stir before serving.
5 to 6 med. potatoes
Peel potatoes and slice. Cover with water to just barely cover; add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Boil until almost done. Cut up onion and sauté. Fry bacon, dice, fry crisp, drain and crumble. Add to onion; set aside. Melt Velveeta, add milk, half & half or butter. Add to bacon and potato mixture. Add wild rice. Simmer, slowly, 1/2 to 1 hour. Serves 5.
Easy, Tasty Potato Soup
2 lg. potatoes, cubed
Boil until vegetables are done. Add the following: Dice 2 tablespoons onion, 2 tablespoons butter, 5 slices of diced bacon in frying pan. Fry until bacon is brown. Pour drippings, bacon and onions in soup. Mix 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup cream together. Add to soup, simmer for a few minutes. Serve hot. Serves 6 to 8.
1 med. onion
Fry bacon; drain and set aside. Add onions to drippings, sauté until transparent. Add potatoes, carrots, water and salt. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add spices and bacon. Combine 1/2 cup milk and flour; blend thoroughly. Add to soup. Simmer until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Add remaining milk, heat through. Note: Bits of ham taste good in this, also.
French Potato-Mint Soup
1 T. butter or margarine
In 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add potatoes; cook, tossing occasionally, 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add broth, water and carrots. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Add peas, onions and mint. Continue to cook 5 minutes. Season with salt and lemon juice. Makes 4 servings.
Menu: Crusty Rolls, Romaine Salad with Garlic Croutons, Fruit and Cheese.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 230 calories, 4 gm fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 1030 mg sodium, 43 gm carbohydrates, 6 gm fiber, 7 gm protein.
1/2 c. dried tomato halves, cut into 1/4” strips with kitchen shears
In small bowl, cover tomatoes with boiling water; set aside 10 minutes. In 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water and bouillon cube to boil. Add potatoes; return to boil. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes, just until tender. With slotted spoon, remove 1/2 cup potatoes; set aside. Pour contents of saucepan into a container of electric blender. Holding lid down tightly, blend until smooth; return to saucepan. Drain and add tomatoes, reserved potatoes; then remaining ingredients, except salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring often, 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Thin with a little additional water or milk, if needed. Makes 2 servings.
Menu: Cheese Crackers, Crisp Vegetable Sticks, Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 190 calories, 2 gm fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 590 mg sodium, 39 gm carbohydrate, 4 gm fiber, 7 gm protein.
Grandma’s Chicken-Vegetable Soup
1 (49 1/2 oz.) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
In 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine broth and water. Cover and bring to boil. Add potatoes and carrot; cover and cook 5 minutes. Add chicken, zucchini, onions and basil; bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until chicken is opaque throughout, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.
Menu: Toasted French Bread, Grapes with Yogurt and Brown Sugar.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 220 calories, 4 gm fat, 65 gm cholesterol, 1040 mg sodium, 24 gm carbohydrate, 3 gm fiber, 23 gm protein.
Cheese and Trees Soup
1 T. butter or margarine
Melt 2- to 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add potatoes, water and bouillon cubes. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until potatoes are just tender, about 15 minutes. Remove 1 cup of the potato cubes with a slotted spoon; set aside. Pour contents of saucepan into container of electric blender. Holding lid down tightly, blend until smooth; return to saucepan. Mix in reserved potatoes and the broccoli. Over medium-low heat, gradually add cheese, stirring until heated through and cheese is completely melted. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.
Menu: Bread Sticks, Carrot-Raisin Salad, Gingerbread with Applesauce.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 360 calories, 18 gm fat, 60 mg cholesterol, 640 mg sodium, 33 gm carbohydrate, 7 gm fiber, 18 gm protein.
Minestrone in Minutes
3/4 c. chopped onion
In 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in oil 5 minutes. Add broth and potatoes; bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until potatoes are just tender, about 10 minutes. Add vegetables, beans and herb seasoning. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle each serving with cheese. Makes 4 servings.
Menu: Italian Bread, Leafy Salad Greens with Italian Dressing, Biscotti.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 220 calories, 7 gm fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 1230 mg sodium, 34 gm carbohydrate, 7 gm fiber, 9 gm protein.
Fast-and-Fit Clam Chowder
1 T. butter or margarine
Place butter in 2 1/2- to 3-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute. Add leeks and bell peppers; microwave on high 3 minutes. Drain juice from clams into microwaved vegetables, reserving clams. Stir in potatoes, broth and thyme. Cover with plastic wrap, venting one corner. Microwave on high 20 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove 4 cups cooked potatoes; set aside. Pour contents of bowl into container of electric blender; add milk, and hold lid down tightly, blend until smooth. Return mixture to bowl. Stir in reserved clams and potatoes, the corn and cayenne; season with salt and pepper. Microwave on high 3 minutes, until heated through. If desired, pass bowls of shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped parsley and/or crumbled, cooked bacon and stir into soup. Makes 4 servings.
Note: Microwave cooking times are based on a 700-watt microwave. Adjust cooking times to your own oven.
Menu: Sesame Breadsticks; Butter Lettuce, Mushroom and Sprout Salad, Frozen Yogurt.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (without optional toppings): 370 calories, 7 gm fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 420 mg sodium, 65 gm carbohydrate, 5 gm fiber, 19 gm protein.
Hearty Potato-Sauerkraut Soup
4 c. chicken broth
In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart electric slow crockery cooker, stir together all ingredients. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 10 to 12 hours, or until vegetables are tender.
Baked Potato Soup
4 lg. baking potatoes
Wash potatoes. Bake at 400° for 1 hour, or until done. Cool and scoop out pulp. Melt butter in heavy saucepan over low heat. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add 6 cups of milk, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly. Add potato pulp, salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons green onions, 1/2 cup bacon and 1 cup cheese. Cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in sour cream. Add extra milk; if desired. Serve with remaining onion, bacon and cheese. Yield: 10 cups.
4 med. potatoes
Peel and dice potatoes in large saucepan. Melt butter, add onion and green pepper. Cook until tender. Add potatoes, 2 cups of water and seasoning. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender. Make paste of flour and remaining water. Add the potato mixture, add milk and cook until slightly thickened, add corn (undrained) and diced ham. Heat through and sprinkle with parsley. Serves about 6 people.
Roots and Tubers Soup
8 c. chicken broth
Combine all ingredients in a 5- to 6-quart pot; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer about 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Serve hot. Soup can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 8 servings, about 1 1/2 cup each.
Cream of Potato Soup
5 lg. potatoes
Peel and slice potatoes, cook with carrots in boiling water to cover, until tender; drain. Sauté bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel and crumble. Sauté onion and celery in 2 teaspoons bacon fat. Combine potatoes, carrots, bacon, onion, celery, salt, pepper, milk and cream. Simmer 30 minutes. Garnish each serving with cheese and parsley.
8 slices bacon, cut in sm. pieces
Cook bacon, onion and celery until bacon is browned and vegetables are tender; drain. Put into kettle: potatoes, parsley, broth, salt and pepper. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and heat through.
Ella’s Potato Soup
6 potatoes, peeled & cubed
Cook until completely done. Add 1 can evaporated milk, just enough to heat through. First part can be cooked day before. Next day, heat and add milk.
Note: You may also top with Cheddar cheese when serving.