Thursday, November 26, 2015

Creamer Potato & Ham Soup

Creamy, tender Creamer potatoes are the star in this lusciously hearty soup, perfect for the cold weather.

Blushing Belle Creamer Potatoes- The Little Potato Company

Wow the end of November is right around the corner. As the year goes on, I feel like days are going by more quickly. Now that the cold weather has made it's way to Ontario Canada, I am ready for comfort food. When the mercury drops, I get into soup mode. Once Fall and Winter hit, I make soup at least once a week. It's a great way to warm up and most soups come together in a snap. Especially when using Creamer potatoes, from The Little Potato Company.

I can not tell you how much I love these little potatoes. My kids don't mind their thin skins, which add so much nutrition to any dish I make. I loved that I didn't have to peel potatoes to make this potato soup. Even the potatoes I pureed to thicken the soup, were un peeled; and my kiddos didn't even complain. I felt good that they were getting potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6. All much needed, especially with cold and flu season.

Blushing Belle Creamer Potatoes- The Little Potato Company

This soup looks creamy and luxurious, but let me tell you, there isn't one drop of cream in it. I used low fat milk and chicken broth, and thickened it with a roux and pureed Creamer potatoes. Which makes this silky smooth and creamy soup very figure friendly. We all know that we add a few pounds during the holidays, with the sweets and treats, but this soup can make you feel good about indulging in something so delicious. I used The Little Potato Company's Blushing Belle varietal, to add a great pop of colour in our soup.

Blushing Belle Creamer Potatoes- The Little Potato Company

Creamer Potato & Ham Soup

3 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1- 680g bag The Little Potato Company Blushing Belle Creamer potatoes
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 C flour
6 C chicken broth/stock
2 1/2 C low fat milk (I used 2%), divided
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 C cooked ham, chopped

In a dutch oven or soup pot, over medium heat, heat the olive oil until it begins to ripple. Add in the onions and carrots, and season with salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf. Cook until the onion becomes translucent; about 5 minutes.

Place 6 Creamer potatoes in a microwave safe dish and poke each one with a knife. Cook in microwave for 4 minutes; until fork tender.

Sprinkle onions and carrots with flour, stirring to coat the vegetables in the flour. Cook 3 minutes, before slowly whisking in the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.

Cut remaining Creamer potatoes into quarters and add to the soup pot, along with the chopped ham. Simmer for 8-10 minutes; until Creamer potatoes are fork tender.

Using a food processor, puree the microwaved Creamer potatoes with 1/2 C milk; until smooth and creamy.

Once Creamers are tender, whisk in the remaining milk, and pureed Creamer potatoes; whisking until the soup is smooth.

Remove the bay leaf, before serving.

The Little Potato Company


Lydia Filgueras said...

The best part about this time of year is all the great chowders. Potato soup happens to be among my favorites and your version sounds fabulous. :)

Debra Clark said...

Yum - I love ham and potato soup! Perfect for a cold rainy day - on the list of meals to make!

Katerina said...

I think ham and potato match perfectly together and this creamy soup comes to prove it!

Tara Noland said...

You know how much I love these little potatoes, another great recipe inspiration!!

Manila Spoon said...

Can anything be more comforting than a delicious creamy bowl of soup? I love this! Looks perfect for the cold weather!

Homemade Food Junkie said...

I love winter soups like this! Creamy, ham ,potatoes! and figure friendly(love that phrase)! Can't wait to try this one!

Elizabeth said...

Mmmm yum! This is just the perfect winter warmer soup, it is! I love how potatoes make soup so lovely and lush!

C. Johnson said...

I love potato soup - this looks perfect for a cozy winter night.

Divya Prakash said...

This soup looks so creamy and delicious! Perfect comforting soup for winter!

KC the Kitchen Chopper said...

I just love the herbs and spices you used to make the flavor of this soup pop. Sounds delish!