Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

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Question of the Day:

What do you do when you find a big bag of potatoes on sale?

Answer:

You grab a bag (and pay for it, of course) and make an easy, cheesy potato soup.

I admit I’ve had a few failed attempts at making potato soup using various recipes. They always turned out bland, and we don’t do bland soup around here. Since I don’t like a recipe getting the best of me, I had to work on the ingredients a bit to satisfy our taste buds.

Thankfully, I finally figured out the right combination of ingredients to turn this cheesy potato soup into a delicious and comforting meal.

And to make it even better, it cooks in the slow cooker. How I love my slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 – 6 large potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Cook bacon and onion in a skillet over medium heat until onions are soft and bacon is beginning to crisp; drain.
  2. Place bacon and onion in slow cooker.
  3. Stir in chicken broth, cream of chicken, water, potatoes, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook on high 1 hour.
  5. Reduce to low and cook 4 – 5 hours.
  6. Whisk together flour and half-and-half in a small bowl.
  7. Add half-and-half mixture, milk and cheese to slow cooker.
  8. Cook 30 more minutes.
  9. Serve with additional cheese and fresh baked bread.

Serves 6 – 8

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For me, soups like this are especially wonderful on cool evenings. They warm me from the inside out :)

What soups or stews tend to warm and comfort you this time of year?

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Posted on November 15th, 2010 in Food and Entertaining, Recipes | No Comments

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