I agree with one of the raters, I would use the whole bag vs. half. Also next time I would use diced potatoes to give the soup more substance as a potato soup and vs. a cheese soup.
I made this for dinner tonight. It was sooooo delicious! Everyone in the family agreed on this one. Really good flavor and very satisfying on a cold evening. My store didn't carry the Southwestern-style hash brown potatoes so I substituted with Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes with Onion. I used the whole bag instead of half. We topped our soup with fried corn tortilla strips and chopped breaded chicken strips. It was great, but this is also good without the toppings.
My husband loved the flavors of this and it was easy to make. Great with a side of jalapeno cornbread sticks!