O'Charleys Loaded Potato Soup
I can't remember the last time I had the soup at O'Charleys, but if it's better than this, I'll be amazed!
(Note: you can substitute milk for all or part of the half and half to reduce fat content, I used 2 cups milk and 2 cups half and half.
half and half (see personal note above)
velveeta cheese, melted (8 oz)
hot pepper sauce (red tobasco)
FOR TOPPING AFTER PUT IN SERVING BOWLS
crispy fried bacon, crumbled (optional, if serving to vegetarians!)
fresh chives (dried is okay)
fresh parsley (dried is okay)
Wash but don't peel potatoes, dice into 1/2 inch cubes.
cover with water and bring to boil in large saucepan.
boil until about 3/4 cooked, 10-15 minutes.
in a separate pan, melt butter on low heat and then mix flour in. Mix until smooth.
gradually add half and half to the mixture, stir constantly until smooth and thickened.
Add melted Velveeta Cheese, stir well.
Add drained potatoes to mixture.
Add white pepper, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce (start with a 1/2 tsp. and add more if you like it hot!)
Cover, cook for 30 mins on low, stir occasionally.
Time to serve! After pouring into serving bowls, each diner can add cheddar, bacon, chives, and parsley to taste. Enjoy!