Mmmm ~~ Potato Soup on a cold, cold winter day. I really needed to be warmed way down to the insides of my toes ~~ and this did the trick. ;^) Do you love potato soup? My mother’s recipe for potato soup is always a favorite at my house. But today, I spiced it up.
I have a nice fire going in the wood-stove. I’ve been sipping on hot tea all day. I just needed something else. So when I got hungry, I checked the kitchen for ingredients and I had the makings of potato soup with a kick. That’s what I needed! A little something more … something to spice up a dreary day. Diced green chilies sounded like a great combination with the potatoes. I always choose the mild ones, but you could increase the heat level to your own preference.
Gather your ingredients ~~ here we go:
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large purple onion
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon chili pepper
1 7-ounce can mild, diced green chilies
1 cup rice milk (or your choice of milk) (I’m vegetarian, so no dairy milk here.)
1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons of sea salt
Simmer the potatoes in 2 cups of water in a covered pot until tender, about 20 minutes. Mash a few of the potatoes in the cooking water, but leave the remainder in chunks.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and saute the onion for a few minutes. Add the garlic, bell pepper, cumin, basil, and chili pepper and cook until the onion is translucent ~~ just a few more minutes. Add this mixture to the cooked potatoes, along with the can of green chilies, the rice milk (or your preference of milk) and the sea salt.
Stir to blend and serve! Serves 4-6. This is plenty for large bowls of just soup (that’s all I needed!) Or, you could add a salad. A rustic whole-grain bread would be great, too.
This goes together fairly quickly. I was glad, as I waited too long to cook and I was very hungry! The mild green chilies add just enough spice to satisfy my Oklahoma/New Mexico heritage, while staying close enough to the mild side of the potatoes to be soothing.
This is a great comfort-food, but it is still a healthy alternative! Enjoy ~~ and if you try this soup in your kitchen, let me know what you think.