When I posted my freezer meals experiment a few weeks ago, I mentioned that in between the frozen meals that we’d be eating freshly made meals – including my Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup. It’s my family’s favorite quick meal – one that even my pickiest eater approves of (*cough*cough*Bre).
Besides the fact that everybody in my casa loves this soup, I love it for two reasons in particular: I always have all of the ingredients on hand – and I can make it in about 20 minutes. Have a crowd? No problem – add a couple of more potatoes and you’re covered. It’s like the miracle soup, I tell ya.
4-5 medium yukon gold potatoes (cut into shoe string fry pieces)
3 cans of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 can Campbell’s Chicken Broth
1/2 cup of onion, finely diced
1 large clove of garlic (or 2 if small)
5-6 pieces of bacon, cut into small pieces
2 cups of milk
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese for garnish
Start by boiling your potatoes in salted water, which should take about 15 minutes. While the potatoes are boiling, start on the base of the soup.
In a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat, brown the bacon until crispy (I love my Dutch oven for this). Remove the bacon pieces and put on a paper towel lined plate, reserving them for the garnish. To the rendered bacon fat, add in the onion and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes, until it becomes slightly translucent. Add in the chicken broth, then reduce to medium heat (make sure to scrape up any bacon residue from the bottom of the pan – it’s got killer flavor!) Reduce the chicken broth/onion mixture for 5-6 minutes, until it’s about 1/4 of the original amount.
While the broth is reducing, in a bowl mix together three cans of Campbell’s Cheddar Soup, 2 cups of milk and the black pepper. Once the broth is reduced, add in the Cheddar Cheese Soup mixture to the broth. When the potatoes are cooked, drain then add to the cheese soup mixture. And that’s it!
Warm up some bread, top your bowls with the reserved bacon and some cheddar cheese and you’ll be the hero of dinner time in no time flat.
*Thanks to Campbell’s for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, photos, opinions and recipes are 100% my own.*