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SMASHED POTATO SOUP

SMASHED POTATO SOUP

CREATED Sep 20, 2006

Ann Cox/Purity Dairies

Ingredients:
¼ c butter
1 onion, chopped
½ c chopped celery
½ t minced garlic
2 (14-oz) cans chicken broth
1 c milk
1 c cream or half & half
1 (1 lb, 4-oz) pkg frozen mashed potatoes
1 t salt
¼ t white pepper
½ c sour cream
1 T chopped chives
½ c shredded cheese
1 T chopped, crisp cooked bacon

Directions:
In a large, heavy saucepan, sauté onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender, stirring regularly.  Add chicken broth, milk and cream; stir to combine and bring to a boil.  Stir in potatoes using a wire whisk.  Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10-15 minutes.  Ladle soup into bowls and top with sour cream, chives, cheese and bacon.

Yields 4-6 servings