Potato-Cheese Soup

potatocheesesoupThis rich soup brightens a cold, rainy…or snowy…day. Believe it or not, potatoes as well as tomatoes, were believed to be poisonous when they were introduced hundreds of years ago. Fun little fact, I think.

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons, all-purpose flour
  • 2 16-oz can fat-free chicken broth
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 16-oz packed processed cheese loaf (like Velveeta)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup half and half

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon over medium-high heat in a large soup pot until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside.
  2. Drain bacon grease reserving 1 tablespoon in pot. Add Olive Oil, celery, carrot, and onion. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. Stir in flour, cook 1 minute
  4. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  5. Add cheese, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, stirring until cheese is blended.
  6. Stir in half and half; cook until hot. (DO NOT BOIL.) To serve, sprinkle with reserved bacon.
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