This recipe was discovered by the fact that I didn’t have much to cook with. Rummaging through the fridge and cabinets trying to figure out if I can make something with the limited items I had. Then searching the internet to see what I can make with those items. I’m so glad I found this recipe I was so close to eating canned soup and I hate canned soup.
I thought this recipe would be perfect to share because it’s a great pantry recipe and most people keep some of these ingredients in their kitchen. Also, I don’t see too many recipes using evaporated milk for savory meals unless you go to carnation milk’s website. I like keeping carnation milk in the pantry because it’s a great substitute for when your milk expires or if you don’t have half and half on hand.
This soup really does taste like a bake potato but in soup form. Most of the flavor comes from the chicken broth and the evaporated milk makes the soup creamy. The skins from the potato is really needed because it’s a “baked potato soup” after all and gives the soup flavor and texture as well. The best part of a baked potato is the toppings. So I loaded my soup with cheddar cheese, scallions bacon bits, and sour cream.
Baked Potato Soup
Adapted from Very Best Baking
2 large or 3 medium baking potatoes, baked or microwaved
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14.5 fl. oz.) chicken broth
1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
Cooked and crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions (optional)
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in broth and evaporated milk. Scoop potato pulp from 1 potato (reserve potato skin); mash. Add pulp to broth mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes just to a boil. Dice remaining potato skin and potato(es); add to soup. Heat through. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Top each serving with bacon, cheese and green onions, if desired.