IRISH POTATO AND CHEESE SOUP
1 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
5 medium potato, peeled and diced
2 cups chicken stock (can substitute vegetable stock)
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (optional)
2 tbsp. crumbled bacon (optional)
Melt butter in large pot. Add onion and garlic. Sauté 3-4 minutes.
Add potatoes, chicken stock, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then turn heat down to medium and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.
Remove half of potatoes and place in a food processor. Puree. Return to pot.
Add milk and heat thoroughly. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in cheese and cook gently until cheese melts.
Garnish with parsley flakes and/or bacon crumbles when serving.