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26 February, 2015

Potato and Bacon Soup for Beginners

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There is nothing remarkable about this soup recipe. You can find similar (perhaps identical) online and in magazines sold at grocery store checkout lines. What is special about it is … YOU can easily master this simple process and use that as a basis for making a wide range of dishes. e.g. soups, stews, sauces and more.


Potato and Bacon Soup for Beginners

If you want to make a stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, make this. It’s easy. The ingredient list is mostly items you can buy in advance and a couple are things you most likely keep in your fridge anyway. Cheese.

You only need a slow cooker – and they aren’t expensive, you can probably ask around and a relative or friend of the family has an extra they don’t use.

It takes about 5 minutes to toss the basic ingredients into the slow cooker =- practically on your way out the door in the morning. Set the slow cooker (Hey it’s a crock pot OK?) on at the low or “8” hour setting…and put the lid on. Don’t forget to lock the door behind you on your way out – because the neighbors will smell this and want some.

Here’s the recipe. Have fun. Once you learn this basic easy-peasy recipe you can upgrade the ingredients as noted and build upon your knowledge.

Potato and Bacon Soup for Beginners
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This is a simple stick-to-your ribs comfort food - basic. Learn to make this and then experiment with different ingredients that you prepare.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Serves: 4 servings
  • 32 oz bag of frozen hash brown potatoes - uncooked. (you can also make your own shredded potatoes from either fresh or baked potatoes...my favorite)
  • 32 oz of chicken broth or stock. (stock will give the soup a richer flavor)
  • 10 oz can of cream of chicken soup (hey - it's a staple kinda of ingredient in most home kitchens)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (some recipes call for non-fat - uh, why?)
  • 3 oz of bacon bits. (I don't measure these, never buy the fake stuff and I make it myself. Cut up 3-4 slices of raw bacon and cook it slowly in a cast iron pan until it's crispy, remove and drain excess grease on paper towel)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (to top before serving)
  • 3 Tbsp of fresh chopped chives.
  • Add some cooked chopped onions, about 1 cup, if you like. Or peppers, or both.
  1. Place the hash browns, broth/stock, soup and half the bacon bits into the crock pot and turn it on the lowest setting. Put the lid on it and do something else. Got to work. Take a long long walk.
  2. Come home in about 8 hours - after work say - and cut up the cream cheese into smallish cubes and mix in the soup until it disappears.
  3. Ladle into bowls and top with chives, bacon bits and shredded cheese.


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