Creamy Potato Bacon Soup
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- 3 - 4 medium
- red potatoes
- 1/2 stick
- 1/4 c
- diced onion
- 1/4 c
- all purpose flour
- 1 tsp
- garlic powder
- s & p, to taste
- 2 c
- chicken stock, light
- 1 c
- 2% milk
- 2 Tbsp
- shredded carrot, for color, and garnish
- 1 can(s)
- cream of ..... soup
- 1 c
- shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 oz
- cream cheese, cubed
- 1/4 c
- real bacon bits (packaged, or you can make your own)
- diced scallions, green tops included
- finely shredded carrot, for garnish
1Peel and cut potatoes into approx. 1/2" cubes. Place in a medium sized pot, with just enough water to cover, and let them simmer while preparing the soup base.
2In a heavy, large pot, melt the butter and saute' the onion for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until bubbly and golden. Don't let the butter burn!
3Sprinkle the flour all over the sizzling onions, and stir well. This will be your roux; cook for about 2 minutes on med-low, stirring constantly, until the flour is golden brown. Don't let it burn or stick!
4When the roux is ready, season with garlic powder and s&p. Pour in the chicken stock, stirring constantly with a small whisk to get rid of lumps. Stir well, and allow to cook for a minute or two, to 'thicken' a bit. Add the milk to the soup base and blend well.
5Add the shredded carrot and blend.
Add the can of "cream of ...." soup - I use either cream of chicken, cream of celery, or cream of mushroom...whatever I have in my pantry!
6Add the shredded cheddar cheese, cubed cream cheese, and bacon bits.
Drain the potatoes well, and add them to the soup base.
7Cook for another 15 - 20 minutes, until potatoes are completely done, and all the cheddar cheese and cream cheese cubes have melted.
8Using a hand potato masher, make a few stabs into the pot to break up some of the potatoes -- don't mash all of them, as you want chunky potatoes in the soup. The 'mashed' ones will thicken the soup nicely.
9Serve, and garnish with a tiny pinch of shredded carrot, a pinch of bacon bits, and the diced scallions, including some of the green tops, for color.