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Spicy Loaded Potato Cheese Soup

Spicy Loaded Potato Cheese Soup
Spicy Loaded Potato Cheese Soup
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This Spicy Loaded Potato Cheese Soup is for those who like a bit of kick in their foods. The red chili pepper flakes and the shredded pepper Jack cheese add just the right amount of heat to this potato cheese soup. However, the spice isn't overpowering, which makes this one of the best potato soup recipes you'll make. The flour and half and half help thicken this recipe to a perfect consistency. The "loaded" part of this easy soup comes from the bacon, hash browns, shallots, and the other tasty ingredients. This potato cheese soup is a definite crowd-pleaser that you will find yourself wanting to make again and again.

Cooking Vessel SizeLarge pot

Ingredients

  • 8 strips bacon, browned and crumbled
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 bag frozen Southern-style hash browns
  • 8 ounces shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • Sour cream and cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the flour with 1/4 cup broth. Set aside.

  2. After browning the bacon, sauté the celery, shallot, and garlic until soft in a large pot. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. 

  3. Add the half and half, hash browns, and remaining broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Slowly drizzle in the flour/broth mixture while stirring. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the soup has thickened and the potatoes are tender.  

  4. Remove the soup from the heat. Stir in cheese by the handful, being sure it is combined before adding more. Stir in half of the bacon and all of the chopped parsley.

  5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped chives, and additional bacon on top.

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I love potato soup, my family not so much. I make mine with russet potatoes, pepper, onion and water. I brown a pound of hamburger meat and drain, then add it to the potatoes when they are done. At the end I add a little bit of flour and milk to thicken it up. This recipe sounds good and flavorful. I think my family will like it especially with the chili flakes.

A little kick is the perfect way to make a soup meal a bit more exciting. And I can always add extra cheese!

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