Potato Soup with Bacon Recipe

ndulge in the comforting goodness of this creamy potato soup, elevated with the savory crunch of crispy bacon. Perfect for chilly evenings or whenever you crave a hearty meal.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives or green onions for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease. Leave about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the pot.
  2. Add the olive oil to the pot with the bacon fat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the diced potatoes to the pot and pour in the chicken or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  4. Using an immersion blender or transferring the mixture to a blender in batches, blend the soup until smooth and creamy.
  5. Return the blended soup to the pot if necessary and stir in the heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Allow the soup to heat through gently over low heat, being careful not to let it boil once the cream is added.
  7. Serve the creamy potato soup hot, garnished with crispy bacon bits and chopped chives or green onions if desired. Enjoy the comforting warmth and rich flavors!

(Note: You can customize the soup by adding shredded cheese, sour cream, or even a sprinkle of smoked paprika for extra flavor.)

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