O….M….G….ya’ll you HAVE to make this soup ASAP! I mean like go get the ingredients and make it NOW! I could go either way on the tator tots, but the soup is so creamy smooth and lots of yummy flavor!!
Cheesy Potato Soup
(Adapted from Food Network)
1 pound frozen Tater Tots
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1 1/2 pounds)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the Tater Tots on a baking sheet and bake, tossing halfway through, until crisp, about 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese and continue baking until melted, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Add the onion, season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook until just softened, about 1 minute.
Add the potatoes, chicken broth, 3/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a small skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Puree the soup with an immersion blender, thinning with up to 1/4 cup water. (Alternatively, puree the soup in batches in a blender, then return to the pot.)
Stir in 1/4 cup sour cream and the remaining 2 cups cheese until melted.
Ladle the soup into bowls. Top with the Tater Tots, bacon, chives and remaining 1/4 cup sour cream. Season with pepper.