Author Notes: Grandma Jacobs really knew how to stretch a dollar. She also believed that no proper dinner ever began without soup. This is a very inexpensive and easy Old World recipe she brought with her from the Warsaw Ghetto, and later taught to my mother. Whenever either of them made it, Dad always referred to it as “Soupe du Jour-du Jour,” hence my name for this recipe. - ChefJune
Makes 6 generous servings
- A large pot of cold water (a 5-quart dutch oven)
- 4 large Idaho (russet) potatoes
- 2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 medium-large onion, peeled, stuck with 2 cloves and poked through with a knife
- Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 1 dried (green) bay leaf
- 1/2 cup unbleached flour (2 ounces)
- 1 stick unsalted butter (4 ounces)
- Cube the potatoes and add them to the pot of water along with all the other vegetables. Bring the mixture to the boil, and allow to simmer merrily for 30 minutes.
- In a medium sized skillet, melt the butter and add the flour to make a roux. Stir constantly to remove any potential lumps and make a smooth paste. Continue stirring constantly until the roux turns VERY dark brown. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN THE ROUX or you have to start all over again.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the roux, stirring constantly. When the foaming subsides, taste, and correct the seasoning. Remove the bay leaf and the whole onion before serving.
- Serve with (Jewish style) rye bread and good butter, and a tossed green salad.
- Teacher’s Tip: Because this soup is so plain, you can easily embellish it by adding a pound of tiny bay scallops about 2 minutes before serving; or slice some garlicky sausage into the soup and allow to heat through – or BOTH. Then, of course, this soup won't be "dirt cheap!"
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Root Vegetable Side
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dirt Cheap Dinner