From: Food & Wine magazine
6 strips bacon
1 large onion, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
3 pounds unpeeled russet or baking potatoes (about 4 potatoes), cut into 1-inch chunks
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
salt and pepper
shredded Cheddar cheese
In a large pot, cook bacon over medium-low heat until crisp (I used the microwave to cook mine). Remove bacon to a plate, break into small pieces, and set aside.
Drain from the pot all but 2 tablespoons fat (I used all my bacon fat, because - why not!?). Add onion (I left out the onion, didn't have one on hand) and increase heat to medium. Cook until golden, about 12 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 more minute. Add potatoes and broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
With an immersion blender (or regular blender), puree soup until chunky-smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I didn't add salt or pepper). Serve hot, and top with bacon bits, sour cream, Cheddar cheese and chives (I didn't use chives, I used dill instead).
I absolutely love this potato soup recipe. This is one of my top-three soup recipes to make. I definitely recommend this recipe because it's easy and it's incredibly delicious.