Italian Style Baked Potato Soup


2 baking potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup mixed carrots and celery, 3 garlic cloves all together put through a food processor ( if you like onions add 1/4 cup of those as well)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, parsley, garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup half-and-half
Optional Toppings:
1/2 cup shredded Five Italian Cheeses
 8 oz chopped up prosciutto

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake potatoes for 1 hour, or until done. Cool. Remove skins.

Melt butter in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. Saute veggies from the food processor about one minute. Stir in flour, and cook 5 minutes to make a roux. Pour in chicken stock and water. Add cornstarch and mashed potato flakes. Season with salt, pepper, and rest of herbs. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Cube cooled  potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces, and stir into soup, along with the half-and-half, add worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until thick. Spoon into bowls, and garnish with shredded cheese, prosciutto.

37 comments:

  1. I have been craving a hearty soup and this will fit the bill nicely. I love a good creamy soup.

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  2. Davvero molto invitante Claudia. Mi fa venire voglia di mangiarla proprio in questo momento.

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  3. Claudia, this is just so tempting! Hmm..yummm... thanks for sharing it. Hope you're having a great week ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  4. Rich and creamy looking, just right for the rain still coming down here.

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  5. So hearty!! Perfect for these last couple COLD days!

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  6. Beautiful and tasty soup!! I love that you used baked potatoes which I love!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. Oh this is a winer for the spring-that-will-not-come. Love all those Italian cheeses warming and nourishing me and then the salty prosciutto for contrast.

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  8. Delicious, creamy rich potato soup. Love to dig into that bowl.

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  9. Thanks for visiting my space...wow...soup looks so creamy ! delisious !

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  10. what a hearty soup; the cheese always draws me in

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  11. Hooray, you're back!!! This looks wonderful~!

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  12. baked potato soup, now ain't that something.... something good indeed....

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  13. This soup sounds perfect for a chilly evening!

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  14. I love baked potato soup - it's one of my favorites! This looks so warming and delicious! Thank you for your sweet comment - I will email you about it tomorrow!

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  15. Now this is pure comfort in a bowl!

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  16. I see blogger straightened up it's act! This is the first "baked soup" I have come across Claudia. Very interesting concept and it sounds wonderful


    BTW - I'll be sending you those Nutella cups soon. Been absolutely crazy hear and I don't it's done just yet uugghh

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  17. What a beautiful recipe, now I need some potato soup :)

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  18. It looks so good I wish I had some now :D

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  19. One of my all-time favorite comfort soup. So thick, and creamy. Yumm!

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  20. Potatoes are certainly a weakness of mine.
    Claudia, now, that you enlightened me about making a soup this way...I have a feeling that I'll be addicted ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  21. This is really nice. I will make it without the potato flakes. Don't need another ingredient in my pantry. Also, I'm adding you to my "watch" list.

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  22. Oops, didn't finish identifying myself.

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  23. I could dive into that bowl of soup and be VERY happy! :)

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  24. Looks yummy and delicious!!!

    I am here for first time, happy following you..

    valar
    http://valarskitchen-basics.blogspot.com/

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  25. This potato soup looks beautiful. Creamy soups are my favorite and this recipe sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing:)

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  26. What a great hearty soup! It's still chilly here and would be perfect. Love the creaminess of it!

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  27. hey.... thanks dear for your lovely lovely comments :-)

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  28. omg...the soup looks so comforting and delicious! I just love how it looks...very tempting.

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  29. Gorgeous, delicious, truly scrumptious photo. I want some!

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  30. Can never have enough potato soups. This looks delicious Claudia! (By the way if you still want to participate in this month's YBR I need your info today, thanks)

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  31. With the return of 'winter-like' temps and 5 days of rain, I've become so sick that soup is the only thing that I want right now. Love potato soup and with all of those Italian cheese flavors . . . wow Claudia! Thank you!

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  32. Oh, this looks sooo good.

    - The Tablescaper

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  33. Potato soup is a favorite of mine. I want to try your recipe. It looks rich and creamy delicious.

    You might want to add this to Let's Do Brunch. This is perfect for a brunch or lunch.

    http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2011/03/tasty-roasted-potatoes-and-onions-lets.html

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  34. Potato soup is maybe my all-time most favorite soup! Love yours with all the veggies and the 5-cheese blend in it. A bowl of it right now would be so good!

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  35. Claudia, that is an awesome photo! Your soup looks delicious!

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  36. I love the sound of this and it looks so rich and delicious too. Pure comfort food! Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch. This week's linky is now up and I hope you will come along and join in if you haven't already :)

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