Hearty & Comforting Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Bacon Soup: A Winter Warmer!

1. Introduction

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of a slow-cooked soup filling the home on a chilly day. Our Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Bacon Soup is the perfect recipe to bring warmth and comfort to your table. This soup combines the earthiness of potatoes, the richness of bacon, and a creamy texture that soothes the soul. It’s not just a meal; it’s an experience that brings people together, offering comfort and joy with every spoonful.

2. Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups chicken broth
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (12 ounces) bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour (gluten-free option available)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • Garnish: green onions, reserved chopped bacon

3. Directions

Add broth, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, parsley, garlic powder, basil, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

4. How to Prepare

About 30 minutes before serving, brown the ground beef, drain the grease, and add it to the slow cooker. Fry and chop the bacon, and add it too. In a separate pan, melt butter, whisk in flour, then gradually add the half and half, whisking for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker, add cheese, cover, and let it melt. Stir well before serving.

5. Preparation Time

Total Time: 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high Active Time: 30 minutes

6. Servings

Serves 6-8

7. FAQs

Q: Can I make this soup vegetarian? A: Yes, use vegetable broth and omit the beef and bacon.

Q: Can I freeze this soup? A: It’s best enjoyed fresh due to the dairy components.

Q: Can I use a different type of potato? A: Yes, but russets are recommended for their texture.

Q: Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned? A: Yes, though the soup’s flavor profile may change slightly.

Q: What can I serve with this soup? A: Crusty bread or a light salad pairs beautifully.

8. Conclusion

Our Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Bacon Soup is more than just a dish; it’s a journey of flavors and textures that brings comfort on cold days. It’s a reminder of the simple pleasures of home-cooked meals. This soup is not just about feeding the stomach but also about warming the heart. It’s a testament to the power of a good meal to bring people together, creating moments of joy and contentment. So, grab your spoon, and let’s dive into this bowl of creamy delight!