For those cold winter nights, this soup truly warms the soul and tummy. Plus, it is so easy and goes together in no time at all. It's great the next day, too. Serve it with crusty bread or corn bread.
1 small onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound bacon, diced, optional
2 Tablespoons butter
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 cups cubed potatoes (2-3 medium to large potatoes should do the trick)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into chunks
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sliced green onions
Note: You can cook potatoes in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Let them cool and then chunk them. : You can use red potatoes and leave skins on.
Note: If soup is too thick for your taste, add a little milk or more chicken broth.
Note: Instead of bacon, you can use cubed ham or spicy sausage. Also, I have added a cup or two of corn to soup for a change-of-pace.
Note: If soup is too thin for your taste, mix 2-3 tablespoons flour with either milk or chicken broth and add to soup.