This soup was so good - even my 7 year old pickiest eater (hates potatoes) exclaimed "this is really delicious Mom! Maybe I do like potatoes..."
Cheesy Potato Soup
1 11 oz pkg Bear Creek Potato Soup
16 oz Velveeta, cubed
16 oz Ore-Ida Southern Style Hashbrowns (freezer section)
1 onion, diced
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
Get your bacon going. Many years ago I learned a little trick from a wonderful friend. Get your largest cookie sheet and line up your bacon on it. Put it in a cold oven, turn the temp up to 425 and set your timer for 20 minutes. Perfect. Bacon. Every. Time.
Dice your onion and sautee it in a little EVOO in the bottom of your biggest stock pot. This step is 2 fold. Cooking the 'bite' out of your onions and seasoning the pot. When the onions are nice and tender, take them off the heat and set them aside (in another vessle). Then, follow the directions on the back of the Bear Creek Soup (bring 8 c water to a boil, wisk in soup mix. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered 15 min. stirring occasionally.)
Follow the directions on the back of the hashbrown pkg. Cook them until they are nice and browned. Then add the hashbrowns, sauteed onion, crumbled bacon and cubed Velveeta. Stir often until the Velveeta is melted.
*I cracked a little black pepper on top