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September 11, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: potato soup recipes


When the leaves start to change color, my soups change color, and texture, too. The farm stand offers up an abundance of root vegetables, and delicate soups give way to rustic, chunky, earthy potages. To me, nothing says potage more than potatoes. You can make soup from any type of potato, but I'm partial to red-skinned new potatoes. They'll stay chunky or smash up, depending on how smooth you want your soup. I leave the skins on, and love both the red flecks and the extra fiber in my soup.

Seven potato soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Curry potato soup with lamb meatballs, from Wasabimon

Turnip potato soup, from Simply Recipes

Slow cooker baked potato soup, from A Year of Slow Cooking

Bison potato soup with bacon and jalapeños, from The Cooking Photographer

Pear pecorino potato soup, from Cooking with Amy

Golden potato soup for the sensitive soul, from Gluten-Free Goddess

Hearty mushroom and potato soup, from Poor Girl Eats Well

Find more delicious potato soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Today's earthy ceramic bowls inspired my choice of rustic potato soups. Peter, who sent this photo, owns the Pousada do Capao in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Here's a bit about the bowls: "These bowls, called cumbucas, are the typical traditional painted ceramics of the Jequitinhonha River valley. The river's source is here in Serro and it flows all the way to Bahia where it empties into the Atlantic, meandering through one of the poorest regions of Minas Gerais and Brazil. But it is beautiful and has it own unique river culture. A long tradition of ceramics with origins in the indigenous cultures of the region continues today and has produced various world class artists. These bowls are the work of Deuzani, Aparecida, and Adriana, the artists who make the special pieces that we sell in our gift shop at our pousada, and they often have lunch waiting for us when we visit."

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

It's easy: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please), and they absolutely do not have to match. Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Kalynskitchen | September 11, 2010 at 10:35 AM

I think of all the soups my mother made, there is none I remember as fondly as her very plain potato soup, with bacon, onions, potatoes, and milk and possibly a few spices, but not much more. Potato soup is always so comforting!

Posted by: The AmerArab Wife | September 12, 2010 at 09:13 AM

Those bowls are a perfect fit for potato soup recipes! Although we're still having mid-80s temperatures, I am definitely ready for fall and sweaters and homemade soup and bread, and these recipes are a good start to the season.

Posted by: Karina | September 14, 2010 at 12:38 PM

How did you know I am craving the particular comfort that is potato soup? Especially with ragweed being so hostile at the moment. I must make some for lunch. Thank you.

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