Soups/ Vegetable and Grain Soups

Cream of Potato, Bacon Soup with Croutons and White Truffle Oil

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This is deliciously creamy soup makes a special beginning to a holiday feast.  Serve this flavorful soup with a white truffle oil, homemade croutons, bacon – or, for special occasions, with a spoonful of caviar.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 bacon slices
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • celery chopped
  • 1 lb.potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2-3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • white truffle oil for serving
  • homemade croutons for serving

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Directions:
Homemade croutons are simple to prepare: Toss small cubes of day-old bread with a little extra-virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper. Arrange them on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake in a 300°F oven until golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.

Heat a cast-iron fry pan over medium-high heat. Arrange the bacon in the pan and cook, turning once, until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

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In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until nearly translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, celery and potatoes, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

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Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 20 minutes. Stir in the cream. Working in batches, puree the soup in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, drizzle each serving with a few drops of truffle oil and garnish with the bacon and croutons. Serve immediately.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Janice
    November 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Very good.

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    Grubarazzi
    November 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful. Delicate and bacony.

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    Anonymous
    November 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!
    White truffle oil makes me swoon, I think I'd love this soup. It looks rather delicate, too, not too heavy. 🙂

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    Jim
    November 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Other than the white truffle oil this looks very delicious!

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    Dzoli
    November 8, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I find truffle oil is the crowne on this creamy deliciousness;)

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    Yelena
    November 8, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Dzoli,

    I agree, I love truffle oil with soups, and I think potatoes and truffle oil is the best combination -)

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    Anonymous
    November 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Aww… Comfort food but also delicate!

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    Maggie
    November 9, 2011 at 4:53 am

    This is an absolutely beautiful soup! Potato soup is a major comfort food for me, and this one I would just feel like a queen eating! Truffle oil, wow! Thanks for a beautiful recipe!

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