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Loaded Potato Soup
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Loaded Potato Soup

Bacon, ham and potatoes come together to form a cheesy soup that makes the ultimate comfort food.

Course Soup
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 15

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. package package bacon (try Caraluzzi’s Bacon)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 6 cups chicken broth from two 32-oz cartons
  • 2 lb baking potatoes peeled, cubed
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (try Caraluzzi's Five Pepper Blend)
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1 container 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 10 oz
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions

Instructions

  1. In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes or until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Cook onion in bacon drippings over medium-high heat 6 minutes or until almost tender.
  2. In 6-quart Dutch oven, mix onion, broth and potatoes. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in same skillet, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour with whisk until smooth. Cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in 2 cups of the milk. Pour milk mixture into potato mixture. Add remaining 2 cups milk, the salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with whisk, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  4. Stir in ham, half of the bacon, the sour cream, 2 cups of the cheese and 1/2 cup of the green onions. Cook until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Evenly top individual servings with remaining bacon, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/4 cup green onions.

Recipe Notes

Photo and recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker.