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Cheesy German Potato Soup

Recipe courtesy of “Today’s Creative Life”

Servings: 8

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

8 slices bacon, chopped

3 large carrots, chopped

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 cans (15 ounces each) READ German Potato Salad

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

chopped parsley or chives, optional

Place cheeses and flour in gallon-size zip-top bag. Close bag. Shake until cheese is covered with flour; set aside.

In large Dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, stirring occasionally. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate; set aside.

Pour off all but 2 to 3 tablespoons bacon drippings. Return Dutch oven to medium heat. Add carrots, onion and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and carrots are softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken broth, black pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme and parsley. Stir in potato salad. Continue cooking over medium heat 5 minutes, or until potatoes are heated through, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to low. Slowly stir in cream and milk. Cook 5 to 8 minutes until blended and heated through, stirring frequently. Slowly add cheeses, stirring until melted.

Top with bacon. Garnish with parsley or chives, if desired.

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