Health

Mashed Potato Soup - Gourmet Dish Made of Simple Products

Potatoes are one of the most popular and affordable vegetables on the Russian table. In addition to high taste, this root has significant healing properties. The high content of potassium salts and alkalizing effect on the mucous membrane is a factor that makes mashed potato soup indispensable in therapeutic diets. And the addition of some components turns it into an exquisite European dish.

Basic Ingredients

Mashed potato soup is valued, among other things, for its simplicity and accessibility.

The main products that are used in cooking soup, there are in every kitchen:

  • potato;
  • onion;
  • vegetable or cream oil (for roasting onions);
  • ground black pepper;
  • sour cream or low fat cream;
  • Green onions, parsley - when serving.

In order for the pureed soup to turn out thick and homogeneous, the hostess will need a blender. If there is no such device, you will have to chop the potatoes with an ordinary tolkushka or wipe the vegetables through a sieve.

Calorie mashed potato soup

Not every diet allows you to include potatoes in the menu, but if there is no ban, a portion of cream soup can be eaten as a light dinner.

Potatoes are a very nutritious product. Even in the lean version, without adding meat, smoked meats or cheese, the nutritional value of 100 grams of soup will be about 25 kcal. If the dish is cooked in meat broth, the calorie content is increased by 20 kcal / 100g.

The 200-gram serving of mashed potato soup, prepared according to the basic recipe, contains 0.12 g of proteins, 0.1 g of fats, 9.5 g of carbohydrates.

Classic recipe

To make potato soup for a family of 4-5 people, you will need:

  • medium sized potatoes - 6 pieces;
  • large onion;
  • sunflower oil - 1 tbsp. l .;
  • cream or sour cream 15% fat - 2-3 tablespoons l .;
  • water - 600 g;
  • salt and spices - to taste.

Peeled root vegetables cut into medium cube for quick and uniform boiling. Put the potatoes in boiling water and bring to readiness for 15-20 minutes.

Potatoes should be soft

Peel the onion, finely chop and fry in vegetable oil until golden brown.

If you use butter, the taste of the soup will be more pronounced, but the calorie content will increase

Boiled potatoes and onions placed in a blender, chop until smooth.

You can also use an immersion blender - then the soup will not have to be poured from the pan

Pour the pureed soup into a saucepan, add your favorite spices and cream or sour cream, heat up, not boiling, for 5 minutes.

If you are on a diet, you can not add cream or sour cream, and bring the soup to the desired consistency of vegetable broth or plain water

Potato soup is prepared in no more than 30-40 minutes. When serving, a hot dish is decorated with a sprig of green onions and parsley. For greater satiety, you can add fried white bread croutons to the plate.

Potato soup can be eaten hot or cold

Puree potato soup is not recommended to warm up - it is better to cook it at one time. Delicate and smooth texture, rich taste and aroma will bring pleasure to both adults and children.

Other cooking options

Although the potato soup is quite self-sufficient, to improve the taste, you can diversify the recipe with additional ingredients. Although they will increase the energy value of the finished dish, they will significantly improve its taste properties.

With croutons

Croutons can be made in any size

Croutons for mashed potato soup are an organic addition to the main dish. You can cook them in the oven, in a frying pan or in a toaster. For golden dried bread should take a few pieces of loaf. Depending on the chosen method of cooking, the slices are laid out on a griddle with melted butter or in an oven preheated to 120 degrees.

Cooking time is about 7-10 minutes. Finished croutons can be greased with crushed garlic, spiced with spices. You can sprinkle pieces of bread with spices before putting them in the oven.

Black rye bread goes well with potato soup, so such garlic toast will be a great addition to the first dish.

Before cooking crackers, slices of loaf or bread can be cut into medium cubes or left whole. To avoid quick soaking, they are served separately - each adds to the plate the right amount of croutons to taste.

With Chiken

Chicken can be put whole pieces or grind in a blender with vegetables

For cooking chicken soup, you can take different parts of the carcass. For low calorie, white meat of the breast is used, thighs, legs, soup sets are suitable for getting rich and fragrant dishes.

Chicken goes well with carrots, celery and parsnips, so you can add them when cooking potatoes.

Give the soup an inexpressible savory taste can be smoked chicken. For a brighter color and exquisite aroma, a pinch of turmeric is put in a pureed dish.

Before serving, crushed herbs and wheaten crackers without garlic are laid out in a plate. To give the dish a delicate creamy flavor, cream is used.

With mushrooms

Mushrooms for soup can be cooked or fried separately from vegetables

Potato soup can be greatly improved by adding mushrooms. Borovik and aspen mushrooms are especially good in this dish - they will provide a unique flavor. In the absence of forest mushrooms, you can use frozen or canned (without vinegar) champignons or fresh oyster mushrooms.

When cooking, mushrooms, cut into small pieces, are added to the pan to the fried onions. You can add 50-70 g of water and 1 tbsp. flour to separate liquid thickened. After thoroughly mixing the contents, the pan should be covered with a lid and left on the smallest fire for 10-15 minutes to extinguish.

After both potatoes and mushrooms are ready, they are combined in one container and crushed with a blender. The pureed ingredients are again laid out in a saucepan, cream of 33% and chopped greens are added, boil no more than 5 minutes.

If the hostess does not have a blender on hand, then the potatoes are mashed in any available way (tolkushka, a sieve), and mushrooms with onions can be passed through a meat grinder with the smallest grid.

It is recommended to leave part of the mushrooms in sliced ​​form so that the dish looks more appetizing when serving.

With cheese

Grate hard cheese can sprinkle the finished dish when serving

A fragrant puree soup made from ordinary potatoes with the addition of simple melted cheese can be a real French dish and decoration of any table. To get this soup you will need:

  • chicken broth - 700 g;
  • peeled potatoes - 5-6 pcs .;
  • carrots - 1 pc .;
  • onion - 1 pc .;
  • processed cheese - 200-250 g;
  • White pepper, salt, greens.

Before you put the potatoes in a saucepan with ready-made broth vegetables must be prepared. Onions, potatoes and carrots cut into small cubes are spread on a baking sheet and baked in the oven until a golden crust appears.

After that, the vegetables are stirred into boiling broth and cooked for 15-20 minutes until cooked. At the same time, melted curds are put into the pan - they can be cut into slices, grated or put whole.

The finished ingredients are placed in the bowl of the blender and mashed. If an immersion version of the device is used, then chop products can be directly in the pan, after pouring the broth out of it.

If you use hard cheese, you can quickly cook a puree soup with a unique flavor based on the basic recipe in five minutes. It is enough to grate the cheese on a fine grater, put it in a bowl with the soup and heat for 2-4 minutes in the microwave. A portion of the cheese will be melted in hot broth, and a delicious cheese crust will form on top.

With bacon

Bacon is very high in calories, so this variant of soup disappears on the diet

Adding bacon to the potato soup will make the dish extremely nutritious. This recipe is especially good when the weather is cold. Fast cooking, a variety of ingredients, rich taste and delicious smell - what is not a reason to cook an amazing first course?

The soup will require a few pieces of bacon. Pork can be cut into small slices or left whole strips. Vegetables, except potatoes, use carrots and celery. Onions to give a special piquancy replaced leeks (white part). Soup is prepared as follows:

  1. Fry bacon in a frying pan or saucepan with a thickened bottom until fat is completely drained and crisp.
  2. Place the bacon pieces in a separate plate and fry the chopped vegetables in melted fat until browned.
  3. Add potatoes to vegetables and simmer for 5-10 minutes, then add spices.
  4. Transfer the contents to a saucepan, add boiling broth or hot water to the pan.
  5. Boil until soft potatoes.
  6. Furry vegetables in any way.
  7. Add cream and spices, bring to a boil.

When serving, add to the plate pieces of fried bacon, for a more intense taste, it is recommended to sprinkle the soup with grated cheese and wait until it is completely melted. Fresh parsley is used to decorate the dish.

With smoked meat

The peculiarity of this recipe is that smoked foods convey their taste to vegetables when roasting, and the dish is more nourishing

For a fragrant mashed potato soup, you can take any smoked meats. It can be speck, pastrami from meat or poultry, smoked sausage, ham. It all depends on the family budget and food preferences.

To prepare the soup with smoked products, you need to take the following ingredients:

  • the white part of the leek (about 20 cm);
  • olive oil for roasting vegetables;
  • a small piece of celery root (half the size of a matchbox).

The technology of making soup-mashed potatoes with smoked products practically does not differ from the basic recipe. The only caveat - when roasting leeks, add a few cloves of garlic and finely chopped smoked products. This dressing is poured into mashed potatoes, diluted with broth and heavy cream. After boiling, the soup is cooked for another 3-5 minutes, then served at the table.

With meatballs

Meatballs can boil or fry

Soup with meatballs especially like children. Such a dish is also good due to the fact that it is possible to add useful ingredients that are not always loved by family members. For potato soup with meatballs, in addition to the basic components, 150-200 g of peeled pumpkin and 50 g of cottage cheese are required.

The stuffing is prepared from 250 g of meat or poultry fillet, where you need to add cottage cheese, 1 raw egg, salt and pepper. From this amount you get about 20 meatballs, which must be put in a pan with potatoes and pumpkin.

Before mashing vegetables, meatballs should be taken out of the broth, put in a separate container and add them to the cream soup before the final boiling.

Lean

Lenten mashed potato soup To make the soup low-calorie, all vegetables are boiled and not fried, and croutons are replaced with whole grain breads

In just half an hour, any housewife can cook an exceptionally healthy and tasty dish - a lean potato soup. To give the dish a rich taste, it is recommended to use a large number of spicy vegetables - stalked celery, garlic arrows, wild garlic, green onions.

Vegetables are fried in olive oil for 3-5 minutes, until the stems are soft. After that, they are laid out in a saucepan with potatoes, after 15 minutes the entire contents are broken through with a blender. When serving, parsley and rye crackers with garlic are added to the plate.

Potato cream soup is truly a versatile dish. Depending on the components, this may be a rich and nutritious dish, a dietary option, health food or baby food. A homogeneous thick consistency, a large amount of vitamins and useful trace elements in combination with a unique taste will surely appeal to both children and adults.