Laura Bush’s Baked Potato Soup

Laura Bush’s Baked Potato Soup

6 cups leftover mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 medium onion, diced
1⁄2 pound of bacon, diced, cooked and drained well (freeze bacon for easier cutting)
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1⁄2 cup chives, minced
4 tablespoons sour cream (approximately.)
2-3 cups of whipping cream, half and half or milk
Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, sauté onions and red pepper over medium heat in 2 tablespoons butter until onions are clear. Add bacon, potatoes and whipping cream to desired consistency. Skim milk or chicken stock may be used to reduce calories.

Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a garnish of a dollop of sour cream, grated cheese and chives.

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