This braces-friendly potato soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite. You can get creative with toppings and add-ins, but don’t mess with the cream cheese—it takes the creaminess (and yumminess) of potato soup to a whole new level.
Add-Ins and Toppings
When it comes to embellishing this recipe, you’re only limited by your own creativity and tastes (and the braces-friendliness of the ingredients, of course). Fully cooked diced ham or chicken breast can be added to the mix and lend an extra heartiness to this soup for a truly satisfying meal. Top your soup with sour cream and chives, more(!) bacon, shredded cheddar, and/or anything else you can dream up.
8 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced (approx. 1 1/2 teaspoons)
salt and pepper to taste
8 slices bacon, precooked and crumbled
1 1/2 cups fully cooked cubed ham or chicken breast
chopped fresh chives or cilantro
Allow cream cheese to soften to room temperature (in package).
If you’re going to use bacon, cook that first in a dutch oven or large pot. Remove bacon and drain off most of the grease, leaving enough to cook veggies in the next step.
Cook celery and onion in the remaining bacon drippings (or butter, margarine, or oil if not using bacon) until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots, and toss to coat. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
Return bacon to pan (reserving some for garnish, if desired). Add fully cooked ham or chicken (if using) and salt and pepper to taste; then add enough chicken broth to cover potatoes. Cover and simmer until carrots and potatoes are tender.
Add cream cheese and stir continuously until completely blended—I cube the cream cheese before adding so it will blend faster.
Top with garnish as desired and enjoy!
We’re sure this creamy potato soup will be a hit with the braces-wearer (and everyone else) in your family. And if you don’t have a braces-wearer in your family but are looking for an orthodontist in the Vancouver, WA area, you can schedule your free orthodontic consultation and exam with Dr. Irwin here and enjoy the recipe in the meantime.