There’s always that one recipe that you've got to have for the times when you are wanting to just walk away from the kitchen and have little to no “stand at the stove” time. I hate standing at the stove staring at the wall, so I have many of these recipes handy but here’s one to start with:
I always have left overs and this meal usually feeds 6 people generously. If you are ever uncomfortable with leaving your stove while cooking or you think that you may forget about your hot stove, STAY IN THE KITCHEN. Even so, it may be a good time to catch up on those dishes that have been piling up!
Just-throw-it-in-the-pot Potato Soup
You will need:
1 can of rotel tomatoes (I always get mild)
2 regular size cans of cream of mushroom soup (I make my own with no dairy. Make your own or use premade from the store!)
1 can of whole corn
6 medium size yellow potatoes
1 whole carton Vegetable Broth (or chicken for all of you that are not vegan)
Any type of all purpose season (I like one with a little spice)
Start by getting a large pot to boil your potatoes in.
Leave the peeling on your potatoes, but make sure that any spores that have had time to grow, are taken off and the potatoes are clean.
Put the stove on medium temperature, throw the potatoes in the pot with enough water to cover them and go watch a tv show for the next 30-45 min. Of course, check on them occasionally and make sure you don’t burn down your house! Poke the potatoes with a fork to check for tenderness. Once you can poke through the potato like butter, you're ready for the next step.
strain the potatoes and put them back in the pot.
Smash the potatoes until you get mashed potatoes (it can be chunky)
Add the whole carton of vegetable broth, both cans of cream of mushroom soup, 1 can rotel tomatoes (undrained), 1 can of whole corn (drained).
Put the pot back onto the medium temperature stove top.
Make sure to mix all these ingredients well. It may look extra soupy because the vegetable broth has not yet had a chance to cook down.
TIME TO ADD YOUR SPICES: If you noticed, I did not add any necessary measurements. You will need to find what you like best. In my own soup, I add about 2 tea spoons of each seasoning and continue adding until I like the taste. There are very few times that I go exactly by a recipe when it comes to seasoning because every person is different. It is always good to start with too little seasoning rather than too much and the best part of cooking is the tasting as you go ;)
Now, cover the pot and go watch a T.V. show or relax on the couch for the next 30 minutes (of course, check the soup, stir occasionally and make sure there is no boil over).
After your soup has had plenty of time to cook all those wonderful flavors into a combination of AMAZING, its time to eat! Be sure to put the soup on warm until everyone has had a chance to have seconds!
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