Friday Football Fare – Cheesy Potato Soup

Potato Soup

It was Friday night at the end of a long week and Potato Soup just sounded good! Cutting up potatoes did not sound good, so I searched for a recipe using hash browns that I already had in the freezer and I stumbled upon what will likely be my “go-to” potato soup recipe! It doesn’t get in easier than this! Or tastier!

Potato Soup
1 (30 oz.) bag of frozen shredded hash browns
1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
4 C. chicken broth
2 C. shredded cheddar + more for topping
½ C. softened cream cheese
½ C. sour cream
1 t. onion powder
½ t. dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Croutons for garnishing
Crumbled bacon for garnishing

Combine hash browns and chicken broth in a large pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir in chicken soup, cheese and onion powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Stir in sour cream and cream cheese until completely incorporated and thoroughly heated. Transfer to serving bowls and top with oregano, croutons and bacon, if desired.

I found this recipe at 12Tomatoes.com which has some really great recipes! Check them out! You can get a printable version HERE

Notes:

  • This is a thick, creamy soup!
  • It is “Annie Approved”… Annie is our pickiest eater and she loved it!
  • It took less than 30 minutes to make – you can’t beat that!
  • Soup is really better when the weather is cooler. We had about a minute or two of cooler weather this week so it’s coming. I hope!
  • This soup would be perfect for a Game Day (or any day) at home served with cornbread or maybe a grilled cheese sandwich (my favorite!).

So while I was making my soup last Friday evening and getting ready to listen to Hillcrest on the radio, I had a surprise call from my cousin who was in town for the night. I felt a little like my Mother the night (when I was in high school) that my Daddy brought home some relatives after the game. My Daddy, being the social butterfly he was, ran into some relatives while working concessions on the visitors side and thought it would be nice to have them stop by our house on their way home. Not only were we already in our pajamas, we didn’t have a thing to serve so my Mother quickly put together some cheese and crackers. We have laughed about that for years! Mother was so embarrassed that was all she had on hand. For anyone who knows her, you know she would have had a spread had she known they were coming.  So, I offered to pick up some dinner for Tim but he chose the Potato Soup and he seemed to enjoy it!

Tim

There is nothing like “Friday Night Lights” this time of year and there’s nothing quite like spending time with family. Tim’s Mom was my Dad’s sister.  I can’t help but think that it would make them both smile for us to be spending time together. Miss my Dad and my Aunt Maureen! So glad he called, even if all I had to offer for dinner was potato soup!

Hope your football weekend is all you wish for it to be! Enjoy the games and the football fare!

Go Patriots and Roll Tide!