Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups russet potatoes, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Cook Bacon:
    • In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until it’s crisp and browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Leave about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pot.
  2. Sauté Onions and Garlic:
    • In the same pot with the bacon grease, add diced onions and minced garlic. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add Potatoes and Broth:
    • Add the diced potatoes, chicken broth, salt, black pepper, and dried thyme to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Simmer:
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Blend:
    • Using an immersion blender, partially blend the soup, leaving some potato chunks for texture. If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer a portion of the soup to a blender, blend until smooth, and return it to the pot.
  6. Add Cream:
    • Stir in the heavy cream and cook for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the soup to thicken.
  7. Stir in Cheese and Sour Cream:
    • Remove the pot from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Mix until the cheese is melted and the soup is creamy.
  8. Serve:
    • Ladle the loaded potato soup into bowls. Garnish with the chopped green onions, crispy bacon, and fresh parsley.
  9. Enjoy:
    • Serve your delicious loaded potato soup hot and enjoy the hearty, comforting flavors.

This loaded potato soup is a rich, creamy, and satisfying comfort food perfect for cold days or when you’re craving a hearty meal. Enjoy!

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