Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Lately I've been hungry for something potato-y.
So, I went searching to find a soup recipe
and thanks to Pinterest, I found one here.
I changed the recipe to suit our family
and it was a huge hit with the husband
and the little ones. Score!
I'd love to share the recipe with you...

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

1 cup Water
1/2 cup Onion, finely chopped
2 Carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup Celery, finely chopped
2 large Russet Potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium Red Potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup Bacon Bits (the real, crumbled kind!)
1/4 cup flour
2-3 cups Chicken Vegetable Stock
Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
1 1/2 - 2 cups Heavy Cream

Directions: In a stock pot over medium heat cook onions, carrots and celery in water until onions are translucent. Add soup stock and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle in flour and stir constantly until the mixture has thickened slightly. Add bacon bits, salt & pepper. Over medium-high heat, bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until the pototoes are soft. Mash the soup with a potato masher for a thicker, creamier texture. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Soup should have a creamy texture. Adjust thickness by adding water or stock. Garnish with chives, bacon and shredded cheese. YUM!

This made a large amount of soup. It easily fed my family of 5 (and my 6 year old had 3 helpings!!) and there is plenty leftover for lunch today. My kind of meal! Enjoy!