I promise you, this is not a blog dedicated only to singing the praises of my crockpot, but I have yet another crockpot recipe to share this evening! I almost tried to come up with something different, but this is perfect for fall/winter, so I figured I’d share since tomorrow is the first official day of fall.
Baked Potato Soup (recipe passed along from my Mom!)
Makes 8 servings.
- 8 c. coarsely chopped peeled potatoes
- 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/3 c.)
- 1/2 pound bacon, crisped, drained, & crumbled
- One 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
- Three 14.5 oz. cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
- One 10.75 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- In the crock pot, stir together the potatoes & onion. Stir in the bacon.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, & pepper. Add the mixture to the crock pot.
- Cover & cook the soup on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours.
To make things easier on myself, & since I’m always rushing to get out the door in the morning, I prepped the potatoes, bacon, & onion last night & set out everything else I’d need in the morning.
My plan to be prepared totally backfired this morning when I couldn’t remove the lid from the Pyrex container that held the onions (I didn’t want to chip my nail polish! ). In turn, the Pyrex container fell to the floor, shattered into one million pieces, & resulted in a big pile of onions sitting on my dog-hair-covered kitchen floor.
Luckily, I had some additional chopped onion (in a plastic container!) that I could use instead!
To go with the baked potato soup, I finally used up a Tastefully Simple savory wheat beer bread mix that I’ve had for almost a year (the long shelf life is a little freaky, no?).
Making bread doesn’t get any easier than this!
I baked the bread & turned the crockpot to warm before heading to the gym for BodyPump!
Although this recipe might require a little more hands-on time than some others, I think it’s worth it in the end!
It was awesome to come home from the gym to a warm bowl of homemade soup waiting for me, & the bread was rather tasty as well. It had a nice crust on the outside, which made it the perfect companion for soup-dipping!
What’s your favorite kind of soup? What’s your favorite thing about the fall season?