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This soup starts the way most of my favorite recipes do: with garlic and onion sauteed in butter!
Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by about 1 inch; heat over medium to medium high heat until the water boils, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cook the potatoes just until fork-tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain potatoes and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour and milk and set aside.
Heat the oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; when the butter is melted, add the onion and cook until soft and just starting to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and thyme and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the water, bouillon cube, bay leaf, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer. Add the milk/flour mixture and bring up to a boil, whisking frequently. Once boiling, cook 1 minute, whisking constantly, then turn off heat and stir in the potatoes.
Use a potato masher to mash a few of the potatoes in the soup (if you want a completely smooth soup without any pieces of potato you can puree the soup using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender). Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired; serve.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!