Cheesy Potato Soup

Potato soup is the perfect comfort food for a cold, winter day.

Potato soup is the perfect comfort food for a cold, winter day.

It’s cold outside, and it is bleak.  There are no leaves on the tress, and I find myself continuously counting down the days until spring returns.  It is on days like this that I just want to cuddle up on the couch with a good book, look out at the lake, and dream of the days we will be out there soaking up the sun.  What a great day for potato soup!  I went to Pinterest and looked through a variety of recipes and combined several to create this one.

From start to finish, this recipe will take approximately 5 hours 20 minutes.

8 cups chicken stock
5 lbs. russet potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
1 large yellow onion diced
1 1/2 tbsp seasoned salt
1 1./2 tbsp black pepper
10 cloves garlic minced or 5 tbsp minced garlic
16 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Optional: shredded cheese, bacon, green onions

Combine potatoes, stock, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in crock pot, and cook on high for five hours.
Stir in cheeses.
In a blender, emulsify about 1/2 of the soup, and return it to the crock pot.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with optional garnishes.

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