Potato, Bacon & Mint Soup

A simple soup, slow cooked to bring out the flavours with just a few ingredients which are most probably in your cupboard and pantry. Ideal as a meal in itself it can be spiced up if you wish, but its honest flavours should suit most tastes.

You will need for 4 meal sized serves:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
150gms of bacon ~ diced
2 large onions ~ peeled and diced
1kg of Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (Nicola work well)
2 tablespoons of plain flour
2 litre of Chicken Stock (or vegetable)
Mint ~ about 5 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint
Cream ~ about ½ cup ~ to taste


You will need a large saucepan or stockpot to make this soup.
Cover the base of the pan with the extra virgin Olive Oil and heat moderately, then add the diced bacon and onion and on a moderate heat, taking care not to burn sauté them for about 15 minutes to bring the flavours.
Add the flour and stir though to make a sloppy roux and then add the chicken stock. Stir well, turn the heat up and bring to a simmer.

Add the potato slices and simmer until the potato is cooked through.

Add the fresh mint and the cream and bring to just below boiling and your soup is ready to serve.

Note: this can work with bought mint sauce, but obviously with the vinegar there is a change in taste.

For 2 people just halve the above recipe!


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