Hi friends! Confession is good for the soul, right. I am not an excellent cook. I am, at best, a mediocre cook.
I like to cook. I have to do it a lot, so I might as well like it, right?
So here's a recipe, but not because I'm a fabulous cook. It's because I have many other things I'd rather do besides cook and making cooking easy makes my life more fun.
You'll need: a bag of potatoes (red, preferably), a packet of onion soup mix (or a box of chicken or vegetable broth), a stick of butter (or margarine), half an onion and 8 oz. of sour cream.
To garnish you'll need: bacon (turkey bacon is fine), cheddar cheese, chives, and/or sour cream.
Get out a crock pot. Put the onion soup in the bottom and crush any lumps. Then get out your potatoes and peel about half of them. Cut them into quarters and chunk them in the crock pot. Finely cut about half an onion up. Fill with water to cover them. Let it cook on high for about 2 hours.
Get a slotted spoon. Fish out about 2/3 of the chunks and put them in a bowl--this will be the soup part. Put the other 1/3 on a cutting board (this will be the chunks part--we'll deal with it in a minute).
Put in the stick of butter and the sour cream in the soup part. Add some of the broth from the crock pot, but not all of it. Use a hand mixer on high to blend the soup part. It will start out looking like mashed potatoes. Keep adding broth until it's the consistency you want--a thick soup consistency, a little thicker than tomato soup. If you run out of broth, you can use water. It will work fine.
Back to the 1/3 that we put on the cutting board for chunks. Cut them up. Put them in the soup.
At this point, I usually take out any of the broth that's left over and discard it. Then I put the soup (with chunks) back in the crockpot and leave it on warm until we're ready to eat it.
Then to garnish it: I cook bacon until it's crispy and crumble it, shred cheddar cheese, cut up green onions (scallions). Put this all on top and add a dollop of sour cream if you wish!