Easy and Delicious Loaded Potato Soup

It’s absolutely FREEZING in Louisiana. Like my house had no hot water upstairs this morning because the pipe froze under my house, freezing.
It’s like polar vortex, Day After Tomorrow cold…
Ok, maybe not that cold, but it was 20 degrees last night and only got to 31 today.
For Louisiana, that is like frozen tundra to us.
That means soup here. Nothing warms you from the inside out better than hearty, delicious soup.
How about Loaded Baked Potato Soup?

Ingredients:

*15-20 strips of bacon (me, I am… A bacon addict.)
*2 small OR 1 large onion, finely chopped
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*1/4 AND 2TB all-purpose flour
*2 tsp salt (I use sea salt)
*2 tsp dried Basil
*1 tsp black pepper (fresh cracked)
*6 cups low sodium chicken broth
*4 large potatoes (Can be substituted with 4 cans of potatoes), cubed
*2 cups half and half
*1 tsp Crystal hot sauce
*1/4 cup of sugar
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Chopped fresh chives

Directions.

In a large saucepan (or microwave for ore-cooked) , cook bacon until crisp. Drain if you cook on stovetop and save 2TB of drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Sauté onions and garlic in bacon drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and Basil, making sure to coat vegetables well. Gradually add broth. Add sugar and stir. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add potatoes and let simmer for 30-45 minutes. Once potatoes are cooked, add half and half and Crystal hot sauce. Heat through. Do NOT boil.
Garnish with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives.

***You can also throw everything in a Crock Pot and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2.

Enjoy!

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