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Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe

An easy and tasty potato soup recipe for college students, you can make this in the dorm!

Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe, a simple, healthy and tasty hot soup to nourish your soul on a cold Winter day. Live in a dorm? Tired of cafeteria food? Try this creamy, cozy recipe.

I often wondered why college students would bother cooking in their dorms.  It seems so inconvenient, especially compared to a meal plan.  In a dorm there are appliance restrictions, limited space and amenities such as a kitchen sink and dishwasher.  With a meal plan a quick trip through the line and  you have dinner right in front of you and no dishes…BONUS!

But as it turns out, there are many reasons why students cook in their dorms.  The most common reason is money.

Meal plans vary in price depending on how many meals you buy, either one, two or three meals per day.  If you are used to eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch, buying a 3 per day meal plan is not very cost effective.

Another reason is healthy eating habits.  An all you can eat option at breakfast can change a students diet from a bowl of cheerios to bacon, eggs, hash browns, pancakes and toast, everyday…think Freshman 15!  Eating two meals per day from your dorm room can really ward off the extra weight that comes with the Freshman experience.  Things like PB&J, cereal and fruit is affordable and a lot less calories than the breakfast grand slam.

Some students just get tired of eating in a cafeteria 3 times per day, 7 days per week for 9 months.  I get it, I would too.  I’ve learned all of this not from my own experience, I was a commuter student, but from my daughter who has entered her Junior year in college.  She has become a sort of whiz at dorm cooking.  She also know all the rules associated with living in a dorm such as allowed appliances and knife sizes, yep.  There’s probably a size limit on knives in most college campuses, better to check first.

One of our projects together during this holiday season is to convert some of her favorite meals from home into dorm-friendly meals.  First up is my Dad’s Potato Soup Recipe, a good one to start since it’s easy, tasty and only one pot, a rice cooker pot that is.  This makes for an easy peasy clean up.  Bonus, she gets a little comfort food from home when she wants it.

A rice cooker acts like a crockpot but boils instead of simmers, at least mine does.  It’s important to add any milk ingredients in the end, otherwise the soup likes to boil over.  Rice cookers have self timers on them so they shut off after a certain amount of time so keep that in mind when experimenting with them.  The ingredients I have used can easily be found in an average supermarket in any city near a college campus.  I used Better Than Bouillon because it’s my favorite soup base but there are other soup bases out there.  Find your favorite and experiment.  I’m not a huge fan of dried bouillon, the quality isn’t quite there.  If you have a favorite, leave a comment, I would like to try new soup bases.

Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe, a simple, healthy and tasty hot soup to nourish your soul on a cold Winter day. Live in a dorm? Tired of cafeteria food? Try this creamy, cozy recipe.
Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe, a simple, healthy and tasty hot soup to nourish your soul on a cold Winter day. Live in a dorm? Tired of cafeteria food? Try this creamy, cozy recipe.
Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe, a simple, healthy and tasty hot soup to nourish your soul on a cold Winter day. Live in a dorm? Tired of cafeteria food? Try this creamy, cozy recipe.
Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe, a simple, healthy and tasty hot soup to nourish your soul on a cold Winter day. Live in a dorm? Tired of cafeteria food? Try this creamy, cozy recipe.

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Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe, a simple, healthy and tasty hot soup to nourish your soul on a cold Winter day. Live in a dorm? Tired of cafeteria food? Try this creamy, cozy recipe.

Dorm Room Potato Soup Recipe

Yield: 2 Big bowls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

A homestyle, simple and tasty Potato Soup you can make in a rice cooker. Perfect for cooking in a dorm with easy clean up. Try this on the next chilly day and warm up your tootsies.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 small russet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp soup base
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 2 green onion, chopped
  • 2 slices of smoked ham lunch meat, chopped
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Place first 4 ingredients in a rice cooker and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Mash potatoes with a fork or bean masher.
  3. Add onions and ham, cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add milk and butter, cook an additional 2 minutes. Salt if needed. Stir and enjoy with some crusty bread.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

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cookilicious

Friday 11th of August 2017

Love potato soup..its so creamy and comforting.

Dahn

Friday 11th of August 2017

soup of any kind is so good but isn't potato soup incredible! That something so wonderful can come from a humble potato is amazing. This sounds delicious

Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy

Friday 11th of August 2017

I never knew there were so much rules about dorm cooking, although I totally understand why students would want to take that option... there's only so many days before standing in line and picking up food becomes mundane!

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