Warm Up with Soup

I distinctly remember certain foods that were served each season when I was a child.  During the winter, soups appeared on our menu every week.  There was mom’s taco soup served with cheddar cornbread, classic chicken noodle and broccoli and cheddar.  I loved warming up with different soups throughout the winter months; even those from red and white cans.  My favorite soup was one that my grandmother made every year.  I can still see her putting all of the ingredients into one big pot, creating a delectable batch of potato soup.  I loved to smell it as it was cooking.  When it was finally ready, I relished every single bite!

Every year, when temperatures begin to plummet, I long for a bowl of my grandmother’s soup.  Unfortunately I don’t have her recipe, so I am unaware of every ingredient she added to it, but when it comes to satisfying my craving, I have found this quick and easy recipe does the trick.  It calls for frozen hash browns which cuts down on prep time and allows me to whip this up in a pinch.  It’s both a delicious and hearty soup thanks to protein-rich milk and cheese.  Give it a try and keep warm with soup this winter!

Easy Potato Soup

  • 16 ounces frozen hash brown potatoes (cubed)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 (14 ½ ounces) can chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (10 ¾ ounces) cream of celery soup
  • 1 can (10 ¾ ounces) cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine potatoes, chopped onions, chicken broth and water; bring to a boil.  Cover.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.  Stir in soups and milk; heat thoroughly.  Add cheese – allow to melt completely.  Garnish with bacon bits or chives as desired.

Guest post by Sarah White, MS, RD, LDN

Sarah White is a Registered Dietitian in Tennessee where she works as a pediatric dietitian at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.  Through her involvement in the Healthy Ways Clinic and various community efforts, Sarah helps children and teens lead healthier lifestyles.