This is an adaptation of the soup my mother made when I was a kid. It is and was the one soup that everyone liked. My husband says it's not soup, it's an "experience." Potato, cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onion in a bowl; warm and good. Because it's thickened with instant mashed potatoes, it's also gluten free. It's actually quick to prepare, as far as soup goes, and can be made in under an hour.
This makes approximately 3 quarts soup.
Step 1: Ingredients
8 strips bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1 medium onion, diced
4 cups water, chicken stock, or beer (if making gluten free select gluten free beer)
5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into approx. 1" cubes*
1/2 teas granulated garlic
1/2 teas salt (to start, you will almost certainly need more)
2 cups milk (use all or part evaporated milk for richer soup)
1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
instant potato flakes
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup sliced green onions
*potatoes have differing amounts of starch but this recipe utilizes potato flakes for thickening so use your favorite variety of potato or whatever you happen to have