I love snow. I really do. I love watching the flakes swirl and twirl through the air on their way down to the ground. I love how the snow clings to everything in its path, giving the world a quiet, beautiful, bright glow. And surprisingly enough I even enjoy shoveling (though my back wasn’t up for it this past weekend)…I know, I know, I’m weird. But snow also makes me want to cook!
This weekend we had our first snow of the season. I actually didn’t think it was going to amount to much, but we got a very nice little snow, right around 5 1/2 inches the last time I measured, that was fun to watch and play in. You can’t ask for a better weekend than that!
On Saturday I decided I wanted to make some soup. You see snow falling and it makes me think that a nice hearty soup is in order. I had some left over salmon and I was in the mood for potato soup so I thought I’d combine the two. Add some bacon and a few other simple ingredients and you’ve got the perfect, hearty soup for that lovely snowy day!
What You’ll Need:
3 slices of thick center cut bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 a sweet onion, chopped
3 potatoes, 2 chopped, 1 baked and mashed
Freshly ground black pepper
1 quart of broth (Note: I used turkey, but chicken broth will be fine too.)
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cooked salmon fillet, flaked (Note: I usually cook my salmon with dill, so there was an underlying dill flavor there.)
Add bacon to a medium sized pot and let cook over medium heat for a minute or two:
Next add butter and let melt and then stir in onions:
Cook until onions are tender, stirring often.
Next add a pinch of sea salt, some freshly grated black pepper and chopped potatoes and stir to mix:
Add broth and bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until potatoes are tender.
For the baked potato you can use a left over baked potato, or you can “bake” (i.e. steam) one in the microwave. Cut the baked potato into pieces, skin and all, and add to a food processor and process until smooth:
This mashed potato mixture helps thicken the soup slightly. Add the mashed potato mixture to the soup as the potatoes are cooking and stir to mix.
Once the potatoes are tender stir in salmon and heavy cream to mix. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat through and serve immediately.
Notes: This soup could easily be made without the salmon. Bacon could also be added to the top of the soup as a garnish, along with a little cheese.