Slow-Cooked Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 10 cups)

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 5 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened and cubed

  • 1 cup half-and-half cream

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed

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  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup minced chives

Directions

Place potatoes and onion in a 6-qt. slow cooker; add broth, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Mash potatoes to desired consistency. Stir in cream cheese, cream and butter. Cook, covered, 15 minutes longer or until heated through.

Just before serving, whisk soup to combine. Top servings with bacon, cheese and chives.

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