When I was a little girl my mother used to buy a potato soup mix that I just couldn't quit eating. I loved that soup and loved that I was able to make my own little single serving portion whenever I wanted. A scoop of mix and a bit of hot water was all it took to have a belly warming snack on a cold winter day. While shopping not too long ago I passed by the dried soup mixes and that old favorite of mine shot back into memory. Obviously I won't be able to find that soup mix nearly 20 years later, but who's stopping me from making my own? It will probably be healthier too!
Making a dry potato soup mix is quite easy, fast, and affordable. Plus I can leave out the copious amounts of sodium and preservatives usually found in those store bought mixes. I know exactly what is lurking in my soup bowl, and that feels pretty good. As it turns out, I make a pretty mean potato soup that the whole family loves! No plain Jane soup for this gal, I like it full of herbs and plenty of garlic. Using Litehouse's Instantly Fresh Herbs insures that I get a fresh herb taste and vibrant fresh herb color even though I'm using dried. No dull green/brown flakes will be found in a jar of Instantly Fresh Herbs, do a little comparison the next time you find yourself in the grocery store. Which would you prefer to see floating in your soup bowl?
I decided to keep the soup mix basic, just a good Garlicky Herbed Potato Soup. Because the herbs used taste fresh the flavor isn't so overpowering that I can't change up the soup should I feel adventurous. Should we decide to overload it with baked potato fixin's we can do so spur of the moment. Maybe I'll be in the mood for something more Southwestern and add frozen corn, salsa, and cilantro. Maybe the kids bring home a virus and I want to load it up with vegetables and nutrients. Maybe I'm feeling lazy and just want to prepare it as is and have dinner ready in less than five minutes. Anyway dinner goes down it will taste spectacular and will be ridiculously easy as long as I have a jar of my soup mix at hand. On nights when everyone is headed in different directions, coming and going to dance and baseball practice, I can simply whip up single servings of soup as kids are ready to eat. Everyone is getting a fresh hot meal without me pulling my hair out to do so.
Soup mixes also make great gifts, as long as they actually taste good. The next time a loved one is down and out, or just has too much going on in life to even think about cooking, be sure a jar of my Garlicky Herbed Potato Soup Mix is there to save the day. They can make one serving or ten servings whenever they want to. No matter what they will be thankful to have an easy, delicious, and thoughtful gift. Simply fill a large mason jar with the soup mix, cover the jar lid with a scrap of fabric, and attach preparation instructions either on a tag or a sticker label.