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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

 Loaded Baked Potato Soup
The only thing that beats the comforting flavor of this thick and hearty potato soup is possibly the idea that it simmers on its own all day in a slow cooker.—Barbara Bleigh, Colonial Heights, Virginia
10 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Cook: 6 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed potato flakes
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until tender. Stir in
  • flour. Gradually stir in 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir
  • for 2 minutes or until thickened. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • Add the broth, potatoes, potato flakes, bacon, pepper, salt, basil,
  • thyme and remaining water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or
  • until potatoes are tender. Stir in cream; heat through. Garnish with
  • cheese and green onions. Yield: 10 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 212 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 723 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.