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?