As I am writing this, we are preparing for a “Polar Vortex”.  Harsh words for cold and wind.  It’s time to pull out the slow cooker and put soup on for dinner!  Cold weather tends to be the time of year that I rely on my slow cooker.  I look for recipes that are from whole foods and when there is a recipe I really think looks amazing, I make it from whole ingredients.  One that has been going viral includes a package fo hashbrowns and cream of mushroom soup.  Because I do not typically keep these items on hand, it was looking like a trip to the store, then it hit me, I had all the items, just in a whole state.  This is what I came up with!

 

Ranae’s Slow Cook Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients

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4 to 5 medium-sized potatoes, scrubbed and diced into 1/4 inch pieces ( you do not have to peel potatoes unless you would like to)

3 carrots

1 medium chopped onion

3 T butter or margarine

3 T all-purpose flour

1 1/2 c. lowfat milk or evaporated skim milk

4 c. chicken broth ( you may use chicken boullion or chicken base)

2 c. water

1 T parsley flakes, dried or fresh (optional)

Directions

1.  Spray inside of slow cook pan lightly with spay oil.

2.  Place cubed potatoes and sliced carrots in slow cooker.

3.  Melt butter or margarine in medium size sauce pan.  Add onions and sauté until translucent in color.

4. Make a white sauce by whisking in flour to the butter and onions. Brown this mixture for 3 to 5 minutes.  Gradually add the milk into this mixture.  Keep stirring until this is thickened.

5.  Pour white sauce over vegetables in slow cooker.  Carefully add the chicken broth and water.

6.  Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-7 hours until potatoes carrots are fork tender.  You may add more liquid, either milk or water if it is too thick.  Season with pepper and salt to your liking.

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1. Arrange diced potatoes and carrots in lightly greased slow cooker.

potato soup

2. Sauté onions in butter until translucent. Whisk in flour and cook for 3 to 5 minutes to slightly brown the flour.

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3. Add milk and stir cooking over low heat until thickened to your liking.

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4. I use chicken base for the chicken broth. You can control the sodium by choosing low sodium chicken base. I add it to the correct amount of water and then add it to the dish.

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Ranae Aspen

Ranae Aspen lives in the middle of Nebraska in the heartland of America. She shares her home with her husband Dan, and teens Daniel and Leslie. Sunset Acreage is home to fruit trees, chickens, cats and rescue dog Sampson. Ranae is passionate about sustainable living and sharing her life’s journey to help others thrive in this crazy thing called life. She loves writing!  You can connect on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/ranaeaspenwriter/  You can also find her blog all about Sunset living at https://raspen2.wordpress.com/ .