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I usually boil potatoes half way (so I can score and peel) before adding them. Season potatoes when boiling them, save about 1/2 of water for later. However you can just peel them, make sure you add time for them to cook completely. If you boil enough to score and peel them, this cuts cooking time down.
Chop onions, celery and garlic (if you like). With garlic I use a grater, saving juices for flavoring. Add these along with French Onion Soup mix to milk. Make sure it is all mixed together well. If you need to add additional milk, wait until everything is together, making it consistency you like. I add carrots at this time.
Put all ingredients together, seasoning with Tony's Creole mix to taste. Set on low allow 4-5 hours to cook completely. I always like mine on slow. If you don't have this amount of time, adjust the temperature so potatoes, celery, onions and carrots are soft and have soaked in all the wonderful seasoning. If cooking longer, add more milk/starchy water mixture (about 1/2 to 1/2)
Once everything is soft, I mash about 1/2 the potatoes up to make the consistency I like. Remember you can add more or less water or milk. I wait until the end, usually I do half water half milk. Many use canned milk but this is a low calorie, great tasting version I find guilt free. If you don't like thicker soup, don't mash the potatoes but leave in cube form.
Put butter substitute in it and spinach on top. A wonderful healthy meal I enjoy all fall and winter long. The French onion soup mix makes all the difference in taste. If you haven't tried it, I would highly recommend it. Enjoy this with crackers or bread and a salad. I recommend corn bread. I always freeze 1/2 mine into separate dinners for the coming weeks. This recipe can be doubled if you have one of the larger pots.
Source: Grandma's recipe made healthy with less calories.
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