"Canadian bacon adds a hint of smoky flavor to this hearty soup that my husband loves," writes Cheryl Morgan from her home in Dover, Minnesota. "It doesn't have the typical butter and heavy cream you'll find in many potato soups, but it's still rich and satisfying."
"This creamy and comforting soup is a terrific way to warm up on a cold or rainy day," writes Sherry McKellar of Springville, Utah. Hearty bowls featuring tender potatoes and asparagus get a special touch when topped with bacon and cheddar cheese.
I traced this hearty soup recipe to my great-grandmother, whose parents were potato farmers in Ireland. My mom served many a bowlful of this soup while I was growing up, and I've done the same for my family.—Pat Rimmel, Ford City, Pennsylvania
Roasted jalapeno and red peppers plus garlic accent the delicate sweet potato flavor in this golden soup. "The recipe is from my grandmother, who loved making soups that were fast, easy and great-tasting," relates Suzan Wiener of Spring Hill, Florida. "My family always asks for seconds."
My home state is famous for cheese, which I use in many recipes such as this creamy soup. Cheddar gives it a sunny color and tantalizing taste. A good meal starter, it's also a great choice for a light lunch or supper when teamed with a salad and bread.
-Mark Trinklein, Racine, Wisconsin