I had a lot of potatoes.
And I promised to learn more about crock pot cooking.
Actually, that isn’t true. I promised to learn about HEALTHY crock pot cooking.
This soup is not healthy. At all. In fact, I would categorize it in the “food that kills” category.
I had good intentions. I initially had chosen a Cooking Light potato soup recipe, intended for the crock pot.
But then, it snowed.
You can’t make brothy, healthy soup when it SNOWS. I mean, seriously. Especially if it snows so much you have a Snow Day (which are way better when you are an adult, btw). You need food that will stick to your ribs. Food that they might serve at, say, the Chatterbox Cafe in Lake Woebegone.
I decided to make a thick, creamy potato soup. Something I imagine has roots in a Midwestern Housewife’s kitchen.
Colcannon is an Irish dish that is basically mashed potatoes with a frightening amount of butter and cream, mixed with kale. Whoever invented it obviously subscribes to my theory that adding kale to anything makes it a health food. This soup, which I based off an Internet creamy potato soup recipe, is basically a liquid version of this dish.
To be honest, it wasn’t the best soup I have ever had. It was a little too…white. Also, I think that using commercial cream of whatever soup to make yet more soup puts flavor at a disadvantage. Next time, I am making cream of chicken soup with this recipe
With that disclaimer, I give you…Soup That Kills!
Crockpot Colcannon Soup
5 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small onion (or equivalent) finely chopped
1/2 bunch of kale
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
2 cups of whole milk
1 cup of sour cream
1 stick of butter, cut into hunks
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste (confession-after looking at the sodium on the soup label I added no salt)
But everything except the sour cream and kale in the crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for six hours. Regardless, when the soup has about 45 minutes to go, stir in the sour cream and kale.
If you like, fry some bacon and crumble it on top. Everything is better with bacon!