We've gotten more snow so we're making more soup. Actually...
Kate is making the soup.
She will be making "Stuffed Spud Soup" from that good ole Just A Matter of Thyme Cookbook. This is the easiest of recipes and I keep the ingredients in good supply so that I've got a "go to" soup for surprise snow days like today.
Six ingredients are all you need. Frozen hash browns, butter, onion, cream of chicken soup, milk, and cheddar cheese. Six ingredients and a five-year-old and you've got it made...literally.
Let's begin at the very beginning. First saute 1/2 cup of a chopped onion in the stick of butter in a soup pot. Next, pop open 1 can of cream of chicken soup...
After the soup...
...add four cups of milk. Then
wipe up the mess.
Next...the frozen hash browns.
The recipe says to use "thawed" hash browns, but I've found that when you add them to the hot milk they thaw rather quickly, so I rarely "pre-thaw" them. After pouring in the hash browns...
...add the "escapees" to the soup pot and...
...hand-off the shredded cheddar to your little sister so that she'll feel like she played a vital role in feeding her family.
After 1 cup of cheese has been added, taste to see if any salt is necessary and add some pepper. Stir soup until it is well heated but please be careful not to let it burn on the bottom. I hear it can be a real mess and that it ruins the entire pot of soup.
That's it. Easy as that. Job done, the chef has left the kitchen!
She did come back to enjoy her masterpiece...
Note: If you really want your family to "rise up and call you blessed" you could add some cooked and crumbled bacon to each bowl before serving or perhaps some chives. I was already feeling blessed because I didn't have to cook dinner, so we skipped the extras! Enjoy!
2 lbs. frozen hash browns
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (10 oz.) ounce can cream of chicken soup
4 cups milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, more for garnish
bacon, chives (optional garnish)