My Favorite Cheesy Potato Soup

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Nothing seems to scream winter to me than soup. I am soup gal…I love it. I eat it a lot during the winter mostly, but it doesn’t stop me any other time of the year. There is always an excuse for me to cook soup…I will always find one..

It’s such a comfort food.

Panera makes the BEST Broccoli Cheddar Soup I simply have not conquered the Broccoli Cheddar scene yet..but I’m trying. Anyone have a to-die-for Broccoli Cheddar soup to share?

There was a Crock-Pot Potato Cheddar Soup circling the Facebook scene a couple months back that I wanted to try, but I have not had much luck with Facebook recipes. They normally turn out to be blah…

But let me say this…

This Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup is ‘ahhh-mazing.’ I’m just going to leave it at that.

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‘Cookin’ up some yummy bacon! Typically I am not one of those people that say “just add bacon to anything and it makes it ten times better.” BUT..BUT.. in this soup…I can’t get enough of it…it just takes it to a whole different level…and it is not overpowering by any means…

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We used Yukon Potatoes instead of Idaho Potatoes…I actually prefer them….Plus..they are a softer potato and cook faster!

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Look at all those beautiful potatoes!

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Right here I am making a Roux. Roux’s are a thickener I actually prefer them when cooking  a creamy soup.

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One tip when making a Roux is to get your whip out and get prepared to “whip it!” You don’t want your Roux lumpy at all! Keep whipping until your arm is about to fall off…seriously…

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Or at least it became the consistency of a creamy mashed potato….and don’t think you’re done whipping yet…you didn’t think you were getting off that easily..did you?

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Add your Chicken Broth in and get your whip ready. You don’t want to end up with lumps in your Roux…who wants lumpy soup?

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Add your potatoes in slowly

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Mash your potatoes up using this cooking tool…I did it about 3 times…and that’s it!!!! What is the proper name for this potato masher?

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Did I mention that this isn’t a diet friendly soup?

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It wouldn’t be complete without some Cheddar Cheese..now would it? I would be lying to you if I told you I didn’t add some extra cheese…

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Look at this bad boy…I mean come on…who wouldn’t want to dive into this and forget about their New Year Eve diets for one night…The scallions are my favorite topping..they’re amazing!

Oh and by the way I doubled the recipe and make it on the stove! So if you don’t have a Crock-Pot to make this! And it makes great left overs!

 

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