Last Updated on September 6, 2021 by Ellen Christian
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You have got to try this Lavender Baked Potato Soup with Bacon recipe! Have you ever tried cooking with lavender? This hearty soup is a favorite.
I have made bread with dried lavender before and of course a variety of tea blends. But, I had never tried it in a soup before. Since it’s been so cold outside lately, I decided that a nice hearty soup would be just what we needed to warm up a bit. You could eat this for lunch or dinner on its own or with a loaf of bread and a salad.
Lavender Baked Potato Soup with Bacon
When people cook with lavender, it’s typically culinary lavender. While most varieties of lavender are edible, some are used more often than others for cooking. If you’re lucky enough to be able to grow lavender in your hard, just dry it in the summer so you have some to bake with. Otherwise, you can purchase dried culinary lavender in a variety of places.
What you need to make this lavender baked potato soup:
Culinary lavender – The culinary lavender really gives this soup an amazing taste. My preference is organic so I know what’s been sprayed on it.
Soup pot – You’ll want a large soup pot to make this in. I prefer to make a big batch so I have some for lunch throughout the week.
Mortar and pestle – You will need a mortar and pestle to grind the lavender buds.
This is really one of my favorite recipes using culinary lavender. You can vary the ingredients a bit if you like. I may try cubed ham instead of the bacon next time I make it. Or, I may substitute Monterey Jack cheese instead of the cheddar cheese. You could even toss leftover corn or peas into the soup pot as well for some added vegetables. This really is a delicious lavender soup recipe.
How do you make potato soup thicker?
If your soup is not thick enough, the easiest way to make it thicker is to add a handful of instant mashed potato flakes. It won’t impact the flavor of the soup and it’s an easy frugal fix.
What are the best potatoes for soup?
You want potatoes with a higher wax content so that they hold their shape and don’t fall apart while you’re cooking them. One of my favorites is Yukon Gold. But, you can really use whatever you have on hand. Just be aware that they may not hold up as well if you choose another type.
What do you eat with potato soup?
You can enjoy this with a side salad and a loaf of homemade bread. Or, you can serve this along with ham or pork roast if you want to have it as an appetizer. It really is a complete meal on its own.
More recipe ideas
- 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 medium red-skinned potatoes
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small yellow onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon organic culinary lavender buds, ground
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 2 1/2 cups skim milk
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Scrub the potatoes. Cut into 1-inch cubes. In a large soup pot, boil in 2 cups of water. Cook until done. DO NOT DRAIN. Remove from heat & set aside.
- In a small pan saute onion in butter until soft but not brown. Add flour, ground lavender buds, garlic salt & pepper. Mix well and cook about 2 minutes stirring constantly. Set aside.
- Return potatoes to stove. Heat over medium-high. Add onion mixture, milk, and sugar. Stir well. Bring to boil. Add sour cream & cheese. Add crumbled bacon. Mix well. Reduce heat to low & simmer 15 minutes stirring frequently. Makes 4 servings.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 793mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 25g
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