The weather here in Ohio has been cray cray all winter. It’s been 60 degrees one day, then 10 degrees another day. Ohioans should be used to cold weather, but when we get spring days out of the blue, it makes it a little harder to adjust when the frigid temps come. I’ve spent all winter with a full closet in my car, half expecting to come out of the grocery store and need an entirely different outfit.
We got hit with a cold and windy phase recently, and there’s no better way to warm up than with a creamy bowl of soup – rightttttt? At the very same time, someone sent me a yummy looking, but unhealthy recipe for loaded baked potato soup and asked how they might be able to clean it up.
After swapping out a few off-limit ingredients, I was ready to put the recipe remix to the test – and it passed with flying colors! Here’s the deal; my hubby hates soup. He’ll tell you there’s nothing wrong with soup, and he’ll do that really great pretend-smile when he asks what’s for dinner and I say soup, but deep in his soul, I know it’s not his jam. He likes a hearty meal, which is why this particular soup was perfect. It has the warm, creamy, soupy vibes with the full-tummy, satisfied result.
The ability to make it in a crockpot is an added bonus. Anytime I can set it and forget it, I’m in life-saving Heaven. Like for real. Do you know how often I put something on the stove/in the oven, get into my work, and completely forget about it until the smoke alarm is going off or the burning smell is so strong that Yankee Candle can’t fix it for daysssss? The answer is too many times. If it can go in the crockpot, everyone with in a 5 mile radius is a lot safer. Of course, you can make this on the stove if you’re a responsible human being (jealous!)
Which brings me to my next point; I’m so close to jumping on the Instant Pot bandwagon. So close. But I’m one of those weirdos that resists changing my routine, until I do, and then I’m obsessed with it and it’s all I talk about and you won’t hear from me for 10 days because I’m only doing the new thing that I was boycotting. Yeah, that kind of weirdo. But if you do have an Instant Pot, I bet you can make this really quickly and easily in there too.
Either way, I hope you enjoy this recipe and make it through the remaining crazy winter months (or if you’re smart, enjoy your year round sunshine and warmth… again, jealous!)