I have yet to find an easier, more full-flavored and satisfying soup than this Loaded Potato Soup recipe. It's so easy to throw in a bag for the freezer and on serving day, it provides a wonderfully warm and comfy soup for a lot of hungry people. It made about 12 meals for our grown family!
32 oz bag of frozen diced hash brown potatoes
1 large onion, diced
1 c diced carrots
1 box chicken broth or 4 cups water with boullion cube equivalent
3 tsp minced garlic
¼ c butter, cut into slices
2 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp celery salt
8 oz package cubed ham (optional)
On serving day: 1 ½ c heavy cream plus shredded cheddar cheese (optional but yummy!)
In a gallon sized freezer bag or freezer container add all ingredients except heavy cream and cheese. Place in freezer for up to 6 months.
To cook in crock pot from frozen, transfer to slow cooker and cook on high 5 hours or low 6-7 hours. From thawed or freshly made, transfer to slow cooker and cook on high 3-4 hours on low or 6 hours on high.