When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a warm, hearty bowl of soup. And if you’re looking for the epitome of comfort in a single dish, then Slow Cooker Potato Soup is a must-try. This recipe combines the velvety smoothness of Yukon gold potatoes, the savory goodness of diced bacon, and the richness of cheddar cheese and sour cream. It’s a delightful medley of flavors that will warm your soul on even the chilliest of days.
The Slow Cooker Magic
One of the greatest advantages of this recipe is the convenience of the slow cooker. With just a few minutes of prep time, you can set the stage for a comforting soup that will simmer and develop flavors while you go about your day. Simply combine diced potatoes, onion, minced garlic, bacon, parsley, and chicken broth in the slow cooker. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the potatoes become fork-tender. The aroma that fills your home will be tantalizing, creating an anticipation that’s hard to resist.
Once the soup has cooked to perfection, it’s time to take it to the next level of creaminess. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in all-purpose flour until completely combined. Gradually add in the evaporated milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream (depending on your preference). Whisk until the mixture is smooth and begins to simmer, thickening gently. This velvety concoction adds an exquisite texture and richness to the soup, taking it from ordinary to extraordinary.
To enhance the flavors and create a luscious consistency, it’s time to incorporate shredded sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream into the soup. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and blended, creating a creamy, cheesy symphony that coats each spoonful. The result is a smooth, luxurious soup that will delight your taste buds.
Customizing and Serving
Part of the fun of enjoying Slow Cooker Potato Soup is the opportunity to personalize it with your favorite toppings. Crispy bacon, extra shredded cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream are all fantastic options. For a fresh touch, sprinkle some chives on top to add a hint of vibrant color and flavor. Let your creativity soar as you garnish your bowl of soup, making it visually appealing and adding an extra layer of taste.
Tips and Storage
If you find the soup too thick, you can always add more chicken broth to achieve your desired consistency. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to three days, making this soup a great option for meal prep or quick and delicious lunches.
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Slow Cooker Potato Soup Recipe
Savor the creamy comfort of Slow Cooker Potato Soup, a velvety blend of Yukon gold potatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese, and sour cream, perfect for warming your soul on chilly days.
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time (Low)||6-8 hours|
|Cook Time (High)||3-4 hours|
- 10 slices cooked bacon, diced
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk or half-and-half or heavy cream
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- optional toppings: chives, extra shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon
1 ) Add diced potatoes, diced onion, minced garlic, bacon, parsley, and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 6-8 hours on low or on high for 3-4 hours, until the potatoes are fork-tender.
2 ) Once the soup has cooked, add butter to a medium saucepan over medium heat and melt.
3 ) Whisk in the flour until completely combined and gradually add in the evaporated milk or heavy cream, depends which one you are using. Whisk the flour mixture until smooth. With the heat on the lowest stove setting, let the mixture cook until it starts to simmer and is getting thicker, stir occasionally.
4 ) Immediately add the milk-flour mixture to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
5 ) Using a potato masher, mash about 3/4 of the potatoes.
Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Stir well, until fully combined and creamy.
6 ) Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking the soup on low for 30 minutes or on high for 15 minutes.
1 ) If the soup is too thick, add more chicken broth.
2 ) Serve warm, garnished with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.
3 ) The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
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Slow Cooker Potato Soup is the epitome of comfort in a bowl—a creamy, satisfying blend of Yukon gold potatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. This recipe not only warms your body but also soothes your soul.