Introduction: Potato, Cheese and Bacon Soup

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This delicious soup is thick and hearty, with lots of veggies and the goodness of bacon!

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

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Gather your ingredients:

4 strips of bacon (preferably thick cut)
2 medium russet potatoes
2 celery stalks
4 carrots
1/2 onion
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar (preferably white cheddar)

Step 2: Prep the Veggies

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Wash and chop veggies.

Onion, celery and carrots in one bowl, and potatoes in a separate bowl.

Step 3: Fry the Bacon

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In a large non-stick pot, fry the bacon. 

Step 4: Saute Veggies

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When the bacon is done cooking, remove it to a plate.

Saute the onion, celery, carrots and thyme in the bacon grease.  You want about 2 tablespoons of oil, so if there is not enough grease left over from the bacon, add a bit of olive oil.

Cook veggies until they begin to soften - about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle flour over the veggies and stir for two minutes.

Step 5: Add Broth, Milk and Potatoes

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Whisk in broth and milk, then add potatoes.  Crumble three strips of the bacon and add it to the soup. Bring soup to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes).

Step 6: Blend Soup

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Once the potatoes are tender, ladle about 80% of the soup into a blender and puree until smooth.  Add back to the soup pot.

Step 7: Add Cheese

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Gradually stir in the shredded cheese.

Step 8:

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Top each bowl of soup with some of the remaining crumbled bacon and a sprinkling of parsley.  Serve with toasted crusty bread.  Enjoy!

Comments

Mariska Botha (author)2013-09-04

How about some bilton in that, for the SA folks.

BunnyRoger (author)2013-09-03

I need to try this!! Maybe add some mushrooms as well....

Amanda Culbert (author)2013-09-02

Cheese and bacon is always a winning combination. Love to try this with all three those ingredients, can only be so yummy.

MAApleton (author)2013-08-29

I am so having this for supper tonight!!!

Daneel (author)2013-02-11

About how long did it take to finish all this?

jakesmommy (author)Daneel2013-02-12

Hi Daneel, this soup takes about 40 minutes start to finish. About half of that is active time (chopping veggies, etc) and the rest is just letting the soup simmer.

Enjoy!

santiago10000 (author)2011-04-12

QUESTION?How do you make bacon broth,it sounds great!

jakesmommy (author)santiago100002011-04-26

I have no idea! That was Hans' suggestion. It wouldn't quite be 'bacon' broth, but I'm sure you could make a stock with pig bones the same way you would with chicken. Take the bones from pork ribs or maybe even pigs feet and simmer them in a stock pot with lots of water and some random veggies (celery, a carrot or two, etc). Simmer for a few hours, then strain off the liquid. This will should at least give you 'pork' broth, if not _exactly_ bacon broth.

nothans (author)2011-01-26

I'm going to switch the "chicken broth" to "bacon broth" - if there is such a thing. Looks great...

old_bass_masta (author)nothans2011-04-23

can you explain how to make bacon broth?

Instructable it potentially :D

wnegron (author)2011-01-25

You got me at bacon!

thecapacity (author)2011-01-23

Everything's better with Bacon!

jakesmommy (author)thecapacity2011-01-25

Absolutely!

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