I know, this post lacks a photo but trust me, this soup is delicious. How can you go wrong with potatoes, cheese and bacon? It's easy to prepare the night before, stick in the fridge and then cook the following day. Feel free to add some kale or broccoli during the last hour of cooking.
5-6 large potatoes, peeled and diced into 1inch cubes
6 cups of chicken broth
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup of half and half
4-6 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped ( save a few tablespoons of bacon grease if possible)
Salt and pepper to taste
Add potatoes, chicken broth, garlic and onion to the crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Use a potato masher to gently mash the potatoes in the crockpot. It should be relatively smooth with a bit of texture. Then add cooked bacon, a few tablespoons of bacon grease, half and half, and salt and pepper to taste. Go easy on the salt, as the bacon and chicken broth has a lot of salt. Cook for an additional 30-60 minutes. Top with shredded cheese and enjoy!