Creamy Slow Cooker Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- ¼ cup butter
<br>- ½  white onion, chopped
<br>- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
<br>- 2 cups water
<br>- 2 large carrots, diced
<br>- 4 stalks celery, diced
<br>- 1 tablespoon dried, minced garlic
<br>- salt and pepper to taste
<br>- 1 cup milk
<br>- 2 tablespoons chicken soup base
<br>- 1 cup warm water
<br>- 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
<br>- 1  bay leaf
<br>- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
<br>- 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until translucent.  Stir in flour until smooth, then gradually stir in 2 cups water, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper. Heat through, then stir in milk. Dissolve chicken base in 1 cup warm water, and pour into vegetable mixture.
<br>step 2: Place potatoes in slow cooker, and pour heated vegetable mixture into potatoes. Place bay leaf in pot.
<br>step 3: Cover, and cook 5 hours on High, or 8 hours on Low.
<br>step 4: Remove bay leaf. Puree about 4 cups of the soup in a blender or food processor, and then stir pureed soup into contents of slow cooker.  Stir in cheese and bacon until cheese is melted.
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Ingredients
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ white onion, chopped
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups water
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 1 tablespoon dried, minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons chicken soup base
- 1 cup warm water
- 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions
step 1: Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until translucent. Stir in flour until smooth, then gradually stir in 2 cups water, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper. Heat through, then stir in milk. Dissolve chicken base in 1 cup warm water, and pour into vegetable mixture.
step 2: Place potatoes in slow cooker, and pour heated vegetable mixture into potatoes. Place bay leaf in pot.
step 3: Cover, and cook 5 hours on High, or 8 hours on Low.
step 4: Remove bay leaf. Puree about 4 cups of the soup in a blender or food processor, and then stir pureed soup into contents of slow cooker. Stir in cheese and bacon until cheese is melted.

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