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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Roasted Jalapeño Bacon Potato Soup

Maybe fall has finally arrived.  The yard looked like a scene from Alfred Hitchcocks' Birds this afternoon.  Hundreds of migrating birds joined the 23 or so Quail that live in our backyard.  What with the rain, it was sort of creepy.  But it was cool enough to make soup...one of our favorites.

I know I say that about all my soups.  I do happen to love soup and it's hard for me to choose a favorite.  But this one is my favorite today.  I developed this recipe after we ate a soup at a local restaurant and my husband asked me to recreate it at home.  I think I came pretty darn close.  This is creamy and has just a little kick from the peppers.  It will fill you up but you'll still want a second bowl.  So try my favorite (for today anyway) soup.
Roasted Jalapeño Bacon Potato Soup

½ Lb. smoked bacon (about 8 slices) diced
1 1/2 C. of chopped yellow onion
1 C. of chopped celery
¾ C. of chopped red or yellow bell pepper
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp. of kosher salt
1/8 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. of dried thyme
6 C. of good chicken stock
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 Tab. of finely chopped roasted jalapeño peppers (or more if you like it hot)
3 C. of diced red potatoes
1 C. of shredded cheddar cheese
¼ C. of all-purpose flour
1/2 C. of butter
2 C. of cream or Half and Half
Splash of white wine vinegar

On low heat, cook the bacon until all the fat is rendered and bacon is crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside for later.

Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper to bacon fat and slowly cook until the onions are translucent; about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly so garlic doesn’t burn.

Add the salt, pepper, chicken stock, cayenne pepper, jalapeño peppers and potato to the pot. Bring to a boil and turn down the heat and simmer about 15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the ¼ C. flour.  Stir constantly over medium heat to cook the flour but do not let the roux brown. Add the roux to the soup and blend. Simmer, stirring constantly, for another 3 minutes until the soup thickens. Add the cheese and stir just until melted and smooth. Thin the soup to the desired consistency with the cream. Add a splash of wine vinegar to finish.
 Just before serving, stir in the reserved bacon bits, saving a some to garnish the soup at serving time.


  1. I love the idea of a spiced up potato soup. It sounds great. So fun that he asked you to make it at home.

  2. Bonnie -- this soup looks so good. I too am a soup lover too -- so is everyone in our family. I am saving the recipe. Joni

  3. I like the idea of a spicy potato soup. That'll definitely warm me up.

  4. I'm sure this would be a favorite at our house too...not TOO much jalapeno so that's good:) BTW, we just saw "The Birds" on the big screen a couple of weeks ago. The Fremont theater in San Luis Obispo plays a classic movie once a month:)

  5. That looks and sounds so good. After 12 years of marriage (we're at 13 now), I had no idea, but my husband told me he doesn't really like soup. (SIGH!) It's really more because it just doesn't fill him up. But he loves jalapenos and this looks more filling. I'm going to have to try it.

  6. I had the pleasure of dining on this soup and it is delicious! Bonnie, thank you for sharing the recipe so I can make some of my own. The flavors blended so well and it stored nicely. I think you could write an entire soup cookbook :)

  7. Ohemgeee! This soup sounds beyond amazing! MUST TRY!

  8. It's rather chilly here and this would be perfect to go with some German Broetchen! :-)) Yummy!

  9. Just an update, my husband LOVED the soup and even the leftovers for lunch the next day at work with no bacon. He said it had the perfect amount of kick from the jalapenos.
    I'm home visiting my parents and I think I'll make it for us for dinner tonight.

  10. Katrina,

    I'm so glad your husband enjoyed the soup. It is a favorite of my husband too. Have a nice visit.

  11. I am making this soup for the second time! Love it. Added a few of my own twists (we love spicy). Love your blog. Thank-you!