It's officially football season which means its time for tailgating recipes. This month I've teamed up with the Idaho Potato Commission and the Virtual Potluck bloggers to create yummy recipes perfect for your next outdoor tailgating experience.
No matter what team you and your friends are routing for this crowd pleasing soup will warm you up and fill your bellies. It's not only fun and delicious too eat but also easy to transport in your favorite thermos.
Italian Style Idaho® Potato Soup
6 small Idaho® potatoes, peeled & diced
1/4 pound pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, minced
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Add pancetta pieces to a large soup pot medium heat and cook until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove from the pot and set it aside.
Return the heat to medium-high and add the garlic, onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes, then add the diced potatoes. Cook for 5 additional minutes, seasoning with salt, pepper.
Pour in the broth and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk and pour into the soup. Allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.
Blend in batches in a blender/food process until completely smooth. Stir in cream, parmesan, basil and pancetta, reserving a little for garnish.
Serve in bowls garnished with basil, cheese and crisp pancetta pieces.
Be sure to check out all the other recipes:
Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Potato Soup
Home Fry Potato Salad
Potato Frittata Muffins
Loaded Potato Bites
Potato Pierogi with Bacon & Cheese