I think it must still be cold because this has been soup week. Did you see Krista's Monday post? Yum!!!!!
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 pounds large Yukon Gold potatoes
1 cup half-and-half
2 cups 2% milk (you can use regular or 1%, if desired)
¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon of salt (for boiling water)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon white pepperextra Parmesan for garnishDirections:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon salt. At the same time fill a 3- to 4-quart bowl with ice water.
While water is heating, cut the potatoes into quarters.
Add the basil leaves to the boiling water. Cook for 15 seconds. NO MORE. Remove the basil with a slotted spoon and plunge the leaves into the ice water. This SETS the bright green color. Drain and set the leaves aside. DO NOT pour off the boiling water.
Add cut potatoes to the same pot of boiling water and bring to a boil.
Cook for 20-25 minutes until tender. [A fork should slide easily in and out.] Drain well. Return the potatoes to the pot and cover, heat off.
Meanwhile, place the basil in a food processor and puree.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the half-and-half and cheese until it simmers. Add the hot cream to the basil.
With a handheld mixer, beat the hot potatoes in the pot until they are broken up. [You can also use a masher or drop them in the Cuisinart and return them to the pot afterwards.] Slowly add the basil cream, salt, pepper, then beat until smooth.
[Note, right at this moment, you have fabulous mashed potatoes. You can skip the next step--adding milk—and serve as a side dish. I forgot to take a picture. Oops!]
Now, proceeding to make the soup. Add the 2 cups of milk. If the potato soup needs to be reheated, cover and cook gently over low heat until warm. [A few minutes.]
Pour into 6 serving bowls and sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese.
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