The local supermarket had 5 lb. bags of potatoes on sale for a price that was too good to pass up, I bought two bags. Combine them with a few veggies that I had in the fridge, add bacon, and it's a yummy soup for a cold winter day.
- 1 lb. potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 stalk celery, sliced thin
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 slices thick pancetta OR 4 slices bacon, cut in bite-size pieces
- 1 tsp. tomato paste
- 2 Tblsp. olive oil
- 2 cups water, more or less as needed
Heat oil in a deep saucepan over medium/low heat. Add celery, onion, garlic, red bell pepper and pancetta. Saute until tender but not brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper.
Increase heat to high, add 2 cups water and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and let cook uncovered until potatoes are soft. About 30 minutes. Using a potato masher during cooking, mash some of the potatoes to thicken the soup. You'll want chunks of potato so don't mash too much.