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Healthy Crock Pot Potato Soup

I have always been a soup lover my whole life. Growing up, my mom always cooked a homemade soup as a side for dinner time almost every night. Not only were they delicious, but healthy as well. Going to restaurants and food spots as an adult, I have also found a new taste for the soups that may not always be the healthy choice. As my love for cooking has grown, so has my search for new and healthy soup ideas. This was my first attempt at taking one of my favorite soups I usually get at food spots and made a healthy spin on it! This is my healthy loaded baked potato soup that I made in the crockpot. What better way to come home after a long day of work to eat a warm bowl of your favorite soup with a healthy twist! It was so delicious!!!

INGREDIENTS:

-6 1/2 cups of chicken broth

-1/2 of an onion (diced)

-4-5 slices of bacon (put 2 bacon slices on the side as toppings)

-3/4 cups of celery (diced)

-2 garlic cloves (minced)

-8 russet potatoes (cut into 1 inch cubes)

-1/2 TSP thyme

-Mild Cheddar Cheese (topping for soup)

THICKEN THE BROTH INGREDIENTS:

-2 to 3 TBSP flour

-2-3 ladles of the hot cooked soup

DIRECTIONS:

(PREP CROCKPOT INGREDIENTS- cut, dice, & chop ingredients needed)

1. In a medium pan, cook your bacon (to your liking)

2. While the bacon is cooking, place your cut potatoes into the crock pot.

3. Once your bacon is cooked and cooled, place 2 to the side & crumble the bacon slices.

4. In the same pan you used to cook your bacon, place your carrots, garlic, onions, and celery into the pan. Allow them to sweat out and to cook until there is a slight golden brown color to the onions and the vegetables are sweated out.

5. Place the 3-4 slices of crumbled bacon into your crock pot.

 6. Place the cooked vegetables into the crock pot.

7. Pour in the chicken broth.

8. Add the seasonings into the crock pot. (Salt & pepper your soup to taste)

9. Place your crock pot 4-6 (Low) OR 8-10 (High)

10. When your crock pot has about 45 minutes left to cook, add in your thickening mixture.

THICKENING THE BROTH DIRECTIONS:

1. Place 2-3 TBSP of flour into a measuring cup or a larger cup so that you can add the ladles of soup to the flour.

2. Add the 2-3 ladles of the hot soup to the mixture one ladle at a time (mixing it as your pour.)

 3. The mixture will thicken and you can add your mixture to your soup.

4. Allow the soup to set 15-20 minutes. If you feel that the soup needs to thicken more, you can repeat the mixture process again.

PREPPING YOUR TOPPINGS:

1. Prepare the toppings you will want to add to your soup bowl. I prepared green onion, bacon, and mild cheddar cheese.

FINAL STEP:

POUR YOUR SOUP INTO A BOWL, ADD TOPPINGS, & ENJOY YOUR SOUP!!