Easy and delicious Baked Potato Soup
You can use Cheddar Cheese instead, or any that you prefer or like. Smoked Gouda cheese adds so much flavor. Bacon is a must, but you can use turkey bacon if you do not eat pork. Now the flavor is a bit different. Russet potatoes are high starch potatoes and great for this soup. If you are using cold leftover baked potatoes, I would recommend mash them when you add into the pot to cook use fork to smash more or add soup in a blender if you do not like potato chunks. If you are going to puree soup to a smooth consistency in a food processor or a blender often you'd have to work in batches. The reason why I am pointing that: the liquid may start coming out the edges of the food processor or the built-up steam can actually blow the lid off the blender, so the best way is to add maybe half of the food processor or blender as you puree. If it's too thick for you, just adjust the liquid. Add more milk or chicken broth, boil, whisk and see if the thickness is the way you like it.