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Potato soup with cheese: an all-time favorite

Potato soup with cheese: an all-time favorite

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Potato Soup made with shredded cheddar and Irish Red ale is perfect for any day you want something sumptuous.

My father’s favorite soup was potato, and my daughters have inherited his love for it.

Every Wednesday when they were in high school, I would buy them a quart of potato soup from a local restaurant. Even today, after they have moved out of the house, I still send them a batch on occasion. (It’s a Mom thing!)

This potato soup recipe includes milk and a touch of half-and-half, there’s enough chicken stock in the broth to make it taste quite light—a good soup for almost any time of year.

Soups were made to be garnished, so this recipe has a couple tasty add-ins — crumbled blue cheese for a bit of tang and crispy bacon for a smoky, salty finish.

Serve it with any crusty, quality bread to add to your dunking pleasure. It also will help in sopping up the last couple of drops in the bowl.

I like to mash half the potatoes before stirring in the milk and cheese. Leftovers can be refrigerated for two days, but it won’t freeze particularly well—the potatoes will turn mushy.

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