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Better-For-Your Potato and Bacon Soup

2:00 AM

When it starts getting chilly, I love me some creamy potato soup loaded with bacon bits and cheese and green onions. Since I've been trying to eat better, however, I've just not felt like it's the best option for soup, especially when I have a late batch of Swiss chard popping up in my garden.

I made this better-for-you potato soup with bacon, and I found it to be delicious and very satisfying. The kids ate several bowls, and even the kid who "hates green stuff" gobbled it up.

You'll need:

  • 1 carton chicken broth (or make your own)
  • 1 pound crispy cooked bacon (crumbled and drained)
  • 5 large potatoes (washed, peeled, and cubed)
  • 2 leeks (washed, and sliced up to the very tips)
  • 1 large handful of fresh Swiss chard, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the chicken broth to simmering in a medium stock pot over medium high heat. Add the potatoes, leeks, and chard, along with 1 cup of water. Continue to cook until the potatoes start to soften, then add the bacon and salt and pepper to taste. Keep cooking until the leeks are buttery and the potatoes are fork tender.  Serve with biscuits or oyster crackers.

Tip: Have a kid who hates green stuff? Pick out the greens but serve the potatoes and bacon in the broth. The liquid picks up enough of the nutrition in the chard to give a nutrition boost -- without the green stuff.

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