Easy Slowcooker Potato Soup
This soup is really easy to customize according to your family’s tastes. My daughter is vegetarian, but the rest of us aren’t, so I usually make food that’s easy to adapt. Plus, this one is easily made in your slow cooker.
5 lbs of potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks (I bought 10 lbs for $1.77, so .89)
32 oz of low sodium vegetable broth (can also use chicken broth, which I had bought for $1) ($1)
Black Pepper to taste
1 stick of butter, cubed and divided($.50)
16 oz bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces (optional)($1.50)
16 oz of half and half (on markdown for $1)
1 lb of cheese, shredded and divided, I used organic sharp cheddar cheese ($2)
Sour cream ($.25)
Green onions, chopped ($.10)
Cook first 5 ingredients in slow cooker for 6 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH.
30 Minutes before serving:
Fry the bacon to a hard crisp if using. Drain and set aside.
Remove about 1 cup of the broth. After testing the potatoes for doneness, mash while still in the slow cooker, and add the half and half, cheese, and the butter. Add in reserved broth if necessary to thin to desired consistency
Stir until cheese is melted.
Serve with sour cream, green onions, bacon (optional), and additional cheese.
This made a little over 4 quarts and cost about $10. It served my family of 5 with plenty to spare.