Potato Leek and Bacon Soup

potatoleekbaconsoupWith the cooler weather I’m using the crock pot more. It’s nice to come home to a warm meal and a house smelling so delicious. This will sit and cook for 4-6 hours, and is easy to put together.

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Ingredients:
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large leek, chopped
1/2 pound thick sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons rice flour
1 cup heavy cream (half and half works as well)
2 cups water
4 cups chicken broth
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 green onions, sliced
shredded cheddar cheese
potatosoup3In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in the butter. After they’ve cooked for a couple of minutes and are tender – stir in the flour and gradually stir in 1 cup of water. Add the salt and pepper and cook until thickened.

potatosoup2In the crock pot, add the potatoes, leeks, broth, 1 cup water, heavy cream, basil, thyme, and bacon. Cook over low heat for 4-6 hours. Top with the green onions and shredded cheddar if desired.  Serves 4-6 as a lunch/main dish or 6-8 as a side dish. It’ll be great leftovers for my lunch tomorrow!

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