The next best thing to chicken soup is a bowl of hot potato soup, especially during the cold weather. It does not take a genius or a really good chef to prepare this soup and the ingredients are so basic and can be easily found in your fridge and pantry. Nothing is as good as homemade food.

As long as you have potatoes, onions, and milk, you can easily whip up a delicious potato soup because those are the basic ingredients. But just like your mom’s good old chicken soup, the secret is going beyond the basic. That is why the recipe below is beyond the basic potato soup. We are going to give you the steps and procedures on how to make a Potato Chowder. It isn’t the most basic potato soup recipe, but still very easy to prepare.

The ingredients are as follows:

5 medium potatoes

1 medium onion

1 medium carrot

1 Tbsp butter

1/4 Cup Parsley – chopped

1/2 Cup Celery – minced

Salt and pepper

2 Cups Grated cheese – cheddar or mozzarella

2 Cups Milk

5 Strips Bacon

3 Tbsp Canola oil

Any leftover ham, meat or chicken can be used

Preparation:

Wash and peel the potatoes and carrots. Slice the potatoes into small chunks or cubes. Potatoes oxidize and change their color once peeled. In order to prevent this, place them in a bowl of water and put them in the fridge or just set them aside. Drain them when ready to be cooked. Alternatively, you may start boiling the potatoes while you prepare the other ingredients to save time.

Peel the carrots and slice them into small chunks or cubes just like the potatoes. But for variety, you can cut them up into thin strips instead.

Mince the celeries and fine chop the parsley.

Cut up the bacon into small tidbits and fry them until crisp and golden brown. Set aside.

If there is any leftover ham, slice it into small pieces or if chicken, make sure to remove the bones and shred the chicken meat.

Steps in Cooking:

If you have boiled the potatoes while preparing the other ingredients, drain then once their soft and tender, but save the soup stock.

In a separate pan, heat 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp canola oil. Cooking oil is usually combined with butter to prevent it from getting burned.

Sauté the leftover ham or shredded chicken in garlic and onion.

Pour in the soup stock then bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in milk and cheese and stir occasionally to prevent lumps from forming. Once the cheese has melted, add in the celery and simmer for another 3 to five minutes.

Season with salt and pepper as necessary.

Serving:

Put the chowder in small bowls or soup bowls. Just before serving, top them with bacon tidbits and parsley.

Potatoes are not just good sources of carbohydrates, but also some vitamins and minerals. They contain potassium which helps eliminate excess salt and helps protect you from heart disease. It is also essential for muscular and skeletal functions.

Eating potatoes may help in healthy and proper brain function with the Vitamin B6 it contains. Vitamin B6 is a substance needed for cellular renewal and promotes healthy brain cell activity. It also helps maintain clear skin, but make sure not to cook you potatoes with too much oil. Its Vitamin A content is for good eyesight and helps strengthen the immune system. Since potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, it is easy to burn and digest, plus potatoes also have other dietary fibers that aid in digestion.

There are several nutritional benefits from eating potatoes, but remember that too much or too little of anything is still bad for the body so remember to eat potatoes in the right amount and in the healthy way of cooking and preparing.

Try some of these other potato soup recipes, or put those potatoes into a nice stew recipe instead?