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Fully Loaded Smashed Potato Soup
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Fully Loaded Smashed Potato Soup

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword best-potato-soup, fully-loaded-smashed-potato-soup, loaded-potato-soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 lb medium golden potatoes
  • 2 32 oz cartons chicken stock
  • 1/2 lb bacon cooked and crumbled, reserve 4 Tbsp drippings
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning optional
  • 1 8 oz sour cream
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 bunch green onion thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Cook potatoes in a large deep pot with chicken stock for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, add bacon drippings and butter to a 4 quart pot.
  • Cook onion in drippings over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute longer. Whisk in flour, stir until flour is absorbed, cook for 1 minute.
  • Over medium-high heat, whisk half and half into roux. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer while gently bubbling for 5 minutes to thicken. Add seasoned salt, pepper and old bay, if using. Mix well.
  • Add 2 cups cheese to thickened sauce. Mix until melted. Remove from heat. The sauce will be thick.
  • Once potatoes are cooked. Use a potato masher to smash to your desired consistency leaving some chunks. Pour cheese sauce into the pot with the smashed potatoes. Mix well.
  • Simmer on medium-low uncovered for 10 minutes to reduce and thicken. You may adjust thickness further by using a slurry of cold water and flour or cornstarch to your personal taste. You may also think using additional stock to suit your taste.
  • At the end of cooking, add 1/2 sour cream, bacon and green onions. Reserve bacon and green onion for top
  • Garnish with remaining cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions before serving.