Warm Up with Easy, Creamy, Potato Soup!

The weather outside is frightful - but hot soup is so delightful! Not only does this soup go together quickly - but the rich taste will satisfy all! (Ingredients listed after directions)

Saute ham and/or diced bacon in olive oil in your soup pot. Add diced onions, garlic and celery and cook until onions are soft and bacon is cooked through (5-10 minutes). Add chicken broth, diced carrots and diced potatoes (I also threw in some dried green pepper flakes). Cook over medium heat until potatoes and carrots are fork tender, about 20-30 minutes. Smash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot until the soup thickens. Add half & half, grated sharp cheddar cheese and pepper to taste. Simmer a few more minutes (don't boil) until the cheese is melted through. Serve with grated cheese & chopped chives! Yummy!

Ingredients (serves 6)

olive oil - 2 T

cooked, diced ham - 1 c  OR diced bacon - 3 slices (or both!)

large onion, diced

minced garlic - 1 T

2 celery stalks, diced

2 carrots, diced

8-10 Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and diced (other potatoes work, but these have great flavor!) No need to peel.

dried green pepper flakes, optional - 1 T

chicken broth - 1 carton

half & half (or milk, or cream) 1 c

sharp cheddar cheese, grated - 1 c

black pepper, to taste


Toppings (optional - choose your favorites!)

grated cheddar cheese, chopped chives, diced onions, bits of bacon

Serve w/ a salad and dense, crusty bread! Enjoy!



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