This is an awesome (yet time consuming) soup to make. It has a lot of prep time that goes with it.
I like it too because it uses a lot of household staples. No fancy ingredients just wholesome goodness.
You will need the following:
1 large onion-chopped finely
1 lb. bacon- cooked/crumbled
2 tablespoons of saved bacon grease
1/2 cup flour
Enough cut and diced potatoes to make 8 cups full
1 tablespoon thyme
2 cups milk
6 cups water (will need exact amount)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cook down the onions in the bacon grease.
This is what they will look like. Brown and tender.
Bacon fried and grease saved.
8 cups taters diced
Place the water, thyme, and taters into a large soup pot. Boil until tender when inserted with a fork.
Save the water.
Reserve half of the cooked taters and mash.
Add the flour. Mix well with the taters.
Pour the reserved water into the taters/flour mixture and mix well.
Add the other half of the taters.
Pour in the 2 cups milk and stir.
Bring to a slow boil. It will thicken slowly.
This soup is not super thick. Enough though to be able to dip corn bread into and sup up!
Add cheddar cheese on top before serving. YUMMY!