Delicious Homemade Rustic Potato Chowder

Today I made a delicious soup for lunch — a hearty rustic potato chowder.

Made from this recipe from 101 Cookbooks: Rustic Potato Chowder:

Rustic Potato Chowder

  • 8 to 10 slices Smart Bacon (or real bacon if you’re not-veg)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups diced, unpeeled new potatoes, any color (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 cups organic milk (low-fat is fine)
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
  • another 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • fresh chives and/or chive flowers

Create the base: In a large pot cook the Smart Bacon according to package instructions, until browned and crisp. Cool and chop into small pieces. Set aside.

Add ingredients and simmer: In the same pot over medium-high heat, add the extra-virgin olive oil, onions, shallots, and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, or until the onions start to get soft.

Add the diced potatoes and teaspoon of salt and saute for about two minutes. Now add the mustard and milk. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the soup thickens and the potatoes are soft throughout.

Whisk and season: Whisk in the Gruyere cheese, another teaspoon of salt, and a couple pinches of pepper. Garnish with the bacon, fresh chives, and/or chive flowers.

Makes about six big bowls.

I made mine without the shallots or Gruyere cheese since I didn’t have any on hand, and in using up some potatoes ended up with closer to 6 cups of potatoes. So I increased the milk by another cup and a half. Also I only used 6 strips of bacon to start.

Garnished with bacon pieces and fresh rosemary from the garden.

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