Potato and Cheddar-Cheese Soup Recipe

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  1. In a large saucepan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat or, if you don't have 2 tablespoons, add enough cooking oil to make up the amount. Reduce the heat to moderately low.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, water, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove half the soup from the pan and puree in a food processor. Alternatively, mash some of the potatoes with a potato masher. Return the puree to the pan. Over low heat, add the cheese and stir until melted. Remove the pan from the heat. Taste the soup and add more salt if needed. Serve the soup topped with the bacon and chives.
  5. Boiling potatoes have less starch than baking, or Idaho, potatoes and consequentially hold together better when boiled. This is why they're often used in soups and for potato salads. Not in this soup, though. Since we want some of the potato to break down into smaller pieces and thicken the soup, baking potatoes are the perfect choice.
  7. Serve a Washington State merlot with this rich and smoky soup. Merlots from Washington's Columbia and Yakima Valleys are a bit more restrained than their brethren from California and have a distinct mineral undercurrent that makes them a natural here.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1148.93 Kcal (4810 kJ)
Calories from fat 456.67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50.74g 78%
Cholesterol 126.72mg 42%
Sodium 2081.17mg 87%
Potassium 319.44mg 7%
Total Carbs 131.14g 44%
Sugars 4.29g 17%
Dietary Fiber 15.28g 61%
Protein 43.08g 86%
Vitamin C 6.4mg 11%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 909.6mg 91%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 79.67 Kcal (334 kJ)
Calories from fat 31.67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.52g 78%
Cholesterol 8.79mg 42%
Sodium 144.31mg 87%
Potassium 22.15mg 7%
Total Carbs 9.09g 44%
Sugars 0.3g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1.06g 61%
Protein 2.99g 86%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 11%
Iron 0.1mg 5%
Calcium 63.1mg 91%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 26.4
  • 30

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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