32 oz. shredded hash brown potatoes
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped green onion, plus extra for topping
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced carrots (optional)
32 oz. chicken broth
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
3 tbs. all-purpose flour
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (plus extra for topping)
1/4 cup crisp bacon bits, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
cracked pepper for topping (optional)
sour cream for topping (optional)
In a 3-4 quart crock pot add water, broth, onion, green onion, carrot, salt, pepper, and potatoes.Cook on low setting for 6-8 hours until potatoes are tender. Add flour to heavy cream and stir until smooth. Add cream mixture to crock pot and cook on high for 20-30 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
Add cheddar cheese and stir until melted. Cook on low for 10-15 minutes then turn to “keep warm” setting.
When ready to serve, sprinkle crumbled bacon, fresh chive, optional cracked pepper, and a little green onion over each bowl of soup and serve warm.
Thanks to sugarpies from Half Hour Meals for the recipe and picture!