This recipe was given to me by my youngest sister, it is fairly easy to make and is really one of those comfort foods. It is especially good on a cold or cloudy day. So far today is cold and cloudy. It is only 48 degrees out and for us that is a cold day.
List of Ingredients
4 slices bacon, cut into small cubes (it is easier if bacon is slightly frozen to cut)
3 green onions, including the green tops, thinly sliced
5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1 -2 large stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons of chopped green pepper (I omit this from mine)
1 large carrot, finely sliced
1 - 2 cloves garlic, mashed or minced (I sometimes add 3, it is up to your personnel preference)
2 Cups of water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp worcestershire sauce (optional)
4 drops liquid hot pepper sauce (optional)
1 pint (2 Cups) half and half (I sometimes substitute with heavy whipping cream, it is a little sweeter)
In a large heavy kettle or dutch oven, saute bacon until crisp (do not drain); add green onion, potatoes, green pepper, celery, carrots and garlic. Lightly saute this mixture. Pour in water and add salt, peppper, worcestershire, liquid hot pepper. Cover pan and simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Mash mixture slightly with a potato masher (for a thicker soup, mash more). Pour in the half and half. Stir well, then continue heating on low to medium temperature just until the mixture is piping hot. DO NOT BOIL.
Makes 4 servings as a main course, serve with bread.
Note: You can use other vegetables if desired, I have used broccolli and cauliflower with good results. I have also used a can of corn to make this a corn chowder. All have turned out yummy.
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