One of my biggest goals this holiday season is to have our home open and ready to host impromptu guests at any point. We love to host friends and family, spending time connecting with loved ones is so important to us this time of year. Being the type A person I am, I normally like to have any type of gathering organized well in advance. This past year, however, we’ve really worked on keeping our calendar open to allow for spontaneous plans and always saying yes to impromptu hangs with friends and family. So it’s my goal not to stress that the house isn’t spotless or that I have to make something elaborate but instead to have ingredients on hand to throw in a last minute pot of soup with a side of (Pillsbury) rolls, and pull out some Christmas baking from the freezer. This way, instead of fussing in the kitchen, I am spending more time connecting with the people around me while still serving delicious food that everyone will love.
One of our favourite soup recipes that I generally have most of the ingredients for, is this loaded baked potato soup. It’s basically like eating a loaded baked potato in liquid form (ummm yes please!!) and it’s just one of those cozy comfort meals I know I’ll make multiple times this season. And I’m so excited to share how I use our Vitamix E310 Explorian Series Blender to whip it up in no time! We haven’t stopped using our Vitamix since we got it. Morning smoothies, Lara Bars, hummus and soups are just a few of our most commonly made recipes using our Vitamix, but it’s greatest contribution will be during the holidays to whip up fast and delicious recipes to be shared with family and friends!
Soooo now to get to the recipe…
What you need:
5 large potatoes (peeled and cubed)
4 cups of chicken stock
1/2 an onion (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 cup cream
1 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 stick unsalted butter
toppings of your choice
In a large pot on stove, melt the butter and cook the onions and garlic until softened. Add in the potatoes and chicken stock. Cover and simmer until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.
Using your Explorian Series Blender, pour in the milk and cream and than add in the mixture from the pot.
Puree the soup at speed level 6 for approximately 20 seconds or until it gets to the consistency of your liking. Sometimes we like to leave a few big pieces to give the soup a bit of texture in which case we’d blend for less time on a lower speed.
If it is still too thick, keep adding a little more milk or cream until it’s reached desired thickness. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat the mixture on the stove again and serve with toppings of your choice! We like to top it with sour cream, bacon bits, grated cheese, and green onion!
The Vitamix E310 Explorian Series blender is so simple to use and so versatile too. It’s made cooking more enjoyable and cut back on time as well. Win AND win! Any mama would be grateful for this gift this holiday season. Would love to hear if you have a favourite Vitamix recipe! Share in the comments below if so!
Thanks so much for reading you guys!