In Lao, potatoes are called “man falang” meaning “foreigner/french root”. I find that word funny because it’s surprisingly accurate. Foreigners here eat a lot more potatoes than Lao people do. Some celery or carrot would be a good addition, but I didn’t have any this time. The thyme in this soup adds a homey taste that I love.
6 C potatoes, washed and chopped (you don’t need to peel them)
1 onion, chopped
5 C broth
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 t dried thyme
6 T butter
6 T flour
4 C milk
Combine the potatoes, onion, broth, salt, pepper, and thyme in a large soup pot. Simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are fully cooked.
In a medium sized pot, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook briefly, stirring constantly.
Add the milk to the butter and flour. Heat until warm.
Add the medium pot to the larger one with the potatoes.
I based this soup on a recipe that I found here.