Crockpot Potato Soup

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Potato soup is one of my favorite soups, and I have wanted to make it homemade for awhile, so recently I went online and found a recipe that sounded good and printed it out to try. I especially liked the fact that it was prepared in the crockpot, so I could start it in the morning and let it cook all day. There are many different and varied recipes for potato soup on the internet – if this one doesn’t appeal to you, you can surely find one that will. I found this recipe at the Potato Patch Recipes site, where you can find many yummy potato recipes for your table.

Ingredients
1/2 lb. thick sliced bacon
2 medium onions, chopped
10 medium (not large) potatoes
4 cups chicken stock (broth)
1 pint half and half
3-4 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves

Peel the potatoes and chop into one inch cubes. Place the potato cubes into a large bowl of water and quickly add a few squirts of lemon juice to the water. This will prevent the potatoes from turning brown.

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Cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan but leave the fat in the pan. Dice up the bacon and refrigerate until serving time.

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Add the chopped onions to the bacon fat in the pan and heat the onions until they become translucent.

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Take all of the ingredients, except for the half and half and bacon, and put in the crockpot. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.

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After 10-12 hours, add the half and half to the mixture and stir it in real good. There is no need (don’t do it) to cook the half and half. At this point, decide if you would like the potatoes in cube form in your soup or if you would like creamy potatoes in your soup. If you would like creamy potatoes, get out the masher and go to work.

Ladle the soup out into soup bowls and sprinkle the cooked bacon bits on top. I heated the bacon bits briefly in the microwave to take the chill off. We also added a dollop of butter and sprinkled Monterrey Jack cheese on ours.

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I served this soup with cornbread on the side ~ delicious on a cool Fall evening!

Blessings,
Nancy

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