You'll crave this one all winter long—a thick puree served with classic baked-potato toppings.
Servings: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients 6 strips bacon1 large onion , chopped (about 2 cups)3 large cloves garlic , chopped3 pounds unpeeled russet or baking potatoes (about 4 potatoes), cut into 1-inch chunks6 cups vegetable or chicken brothKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste1/2 cup sour cream1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese1/4 cup chopped chives
In a large pot, cook bacon over medium-low heat until crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Remove bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate, break into small pieces and set aside.
Drain from the pot all but 2 tablespoons fat. Add onion and increase heat to medium. Cook until golden, about 12 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 more minute. Add potatoes and broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
With an immersion blender, puree soup until chunky-smooth (or puree in batches in a food processor fitted with knife blade). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, in bowls, topped with bacon bits, sour cream, Cheddar cheese and chives.