Potato, Leek, Bacon, and Cheddar Cheese Soup

Kitchen Cue: We love the sweetness of the leeks, but you could substitute 4 medium onions, chopped in this Potato, Leek, Bacon, and Cheddar Cheese Soup.

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Potato, Leek, Bacon, and Cheddar Cheese Soup
Makes: 8  servings Prep 45 mins Start to Finish 3 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 medium leeks (white and plate-green parts only), chopped
  • 3 1/2 pounds  medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into thyme sprigs
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 8 ounces  part-skim cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1 3/4 cups  chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup  half-and-half
  • 1 10 ounce box frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3 scallions (green part only), chopped, plus additional for garnish

Directions

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over moderate heat, turning, until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain; set aside at room temperature. Leaving 1 tablespoon bacon fat in skillet, add leeks, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring, 2 minutes.

2. Transfer to slow cooker along with potatoes, thyme, and 2 cups water. Cook, covered, on high heat 1-1/2 hours. Remove thyme sprigs. Mash potatoes, then add remaining ingredients and 3 cups water. Cook on high heat 1 hour more. If a smoother texture is desired, blend soup, in batches, in a blender until smooth. Return each batch to slow cooker and reheat (if necessary) over low heat, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into bowls, garnish each with scallions and top with a slice of bacon. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8
  • cal.(kcal)410,
  • Fat, total(g)13,
  • chol.(mg)35,
  • sat. fat(g)7,
  • carb.(g)57,
  • fiber(g)4,
  • pro.(g)19,
  • sodium(mg)479,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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