The Machine Shed Baked Potato Soup

“From the Machine Shed restaurant. The title is misleading, says baked but the potatoes are boiled. If you're driving by one, stop in and have a bite. There are 6 locations: Davenport, IA • Des Moines, IA • Lake Elmo, MN • Rockford, IL • Appleton, WI • Pewaukee, WI.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place potatoes in lightly salted boiling water for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain, return to hot pan and set aside.
  3. In large, heavy pot, saute bacon, onion, and celery over medium-high heat until celery is tender.
  4. Drain grease and return bacon, onion, and celery to pot.
  5. Add milk, water, chicken base, salt and pepper.
  6. Heat over medium-high heat until very hot but do not let soup boil.
  7. In heavy, large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine.
  8. Stir in flour to make a roux.
  9. Mix well and let bubble, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  10. If desired, a larger amount of roux can be made to produce a thicker soup.
  11. Gradually add roux to soup, stirring constantly.
  12. Continue to cook, stirring, until thick and creamy.
  13. Stir in potatoes, parsley and whipping cream.
  14. Serve hot, garnished with shredded cheese, bacon bits and/or green onion.

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