Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly. Partially mash potatoes, including skins, with a potato masher; set aside.
Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to bacon drippings in pan; sauté minutes. Add salt, garlic, and bay leaf; sauté 2 minutes. Add potato, milk, pepper, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley, if desired. Top individual servings with bacon, green onions, and cheese.
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Made this dish last night and it was awesome. I skipped the bay leaf because I already had all the ingredients in my house but the leaf. Added some gluten-free grilled cheese on the side and it definitely made it more of a meal.
Da Bomb... Hella Good! these are things my boyfriend exclaimed while eating this soup after he cooked it for us. You can microwave the potatoes instead of baking and it turns out just as good. We think adding leeks would be good too.
I have never made potato soup in my life until today! Who knew it was so easy however, i altered the recipe when i seen the Pioneer Woman's potato soup online. I followed the same recipe ingredients as my recipes.com except i added Cajun Seasoning 1 TBSP. OMG is all i have to say the huge pot was licked clean ! i also made Garlic Toast(frozen) for dippers. P.S. don't add the bacon till its served bc it gets too soft in the pot if you add it in with the soup. ENJOY THIS ONE
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