cheesy bacon potato soup

★★★★★ 1
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By Cherie Martin
from Citrus Heights, CA

I made this for the first time for Easter as it was just my husband and I for dinner and we did not want a big meal. He absolutely loved it and said, "This is a keeper...we WILL have this again." :)

★★★★★ 1
serves 8-10
prep time 45 Min
cook time 1 Hr

Ingredients For cheesy bacon potato soup

  • 5 lb
    russet potatoes
  • 1 lb
    bacon
  • 1 lg
    yellow onion (diced finely)
  • 1 md
    stalk of celery (diced finely)
  • 1 lb
    cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 8 clove
    fresh garlic
  • 1/4 c
    real butter
  • 3 tsp
    salt (divided)
  • 1 tsp
    pepper (divided)
  • 3 Tbsp
    corn starch
  • 5 c
    milk or fat free half & half
  • 5 c
    chicken broth
  • 1/8 c
    olive oil (extra virgin)

How To Make cheesy bacon potato soup

  • 1
    Sautè bacon in skillet on Medium Heat until crispy (Drain well but Reserve 2 T of bacon grease & place Bacon in Crock Pot)
  • 2
    Finely dice the Celery & Onion & put in skillet used to cook bacon. (I use all of the celery including the leaves)
  • 3
    Add Bacon Grease, Olive Oil (1 t of Salt) & (½ t of Pepper) (Sauté until Onions are golden & Celery is soft-about 20 minutes)
  • 4
    Place in Crock Pot on High Heat with Bacon & stir in Butter & mix well.
  • 5
    In an extra large skillet or large stock pot put in Diced Potatoes (I use an extra large deep skillet)
  • 6
    Add remaining Salt and Pepper and Garlic Cloves
  • 7
    Add Chicken Broth and bring to a boil on Medium High Heat (Let boil for 15 minutes - stir and mash potatoes with potato masher until most of the potatoes are creamy (about 2/3 but not all of the potatoes-leave some chunky)
  • 8
    Mix Cornstarch into the milk with a whisk and whisk until completely blended with no lumps showing
  • 9
    Add milk and continue mashing until mixed well
  • 10
    Add to Crock Pot and stir well into the Bacon, Onion and Celery mixture
  • 11
    Add Cheddar Cheese and mix well
  • 12
    Cook on High Heat in Crock Pot for 1-2 hours or until bubbly hot
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