Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

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Ingredients

  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley or chives (optional)
  • Directions

    Fry and chop bacon. Place in slow cooker, with 1 teaspoon of bacon fat. Add seasonings, broth and vegetables. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours, until veggies are soft. Mix up the cornstarch with the water. Pour into the soup, turn up to high and allow to boil. This may take as long as half an hour. Add the cream or milk and the hot sauce. Turn down to ?warm? and allow to heat through but not boil.

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