It's cold and snowy. So I need soup. I am only sad that I wasn't able to make some bread to go with it. Maybe next time.
5-6 potatoes, scrubbed and baked (I used Yukon gold, they are so buttery & delicious)
1 box vegetable broth (plus water as needed)
1/2 lb. cheddar cheese, shredded
bunch cilantro, chopped finely
can chopped green chiles
2-3 (or if you're me, 6 or 7) slices bacon, chopped
1/2 large or 1 medium onion, chopped
some shakes of no-salt seasoning (like Mrs. Dash, but I use Costco brand)
salt and pepper to taste
Cube baked potatoes. Don't burn yourself!
Throw them into a pot with a box of vegetable broth. My broth had honey in it, which at first I thought was super weird, but after tasting, decided it was quite tasty. Add the chiles. Start heating that all up.
Meanwhile, cook your bacon and onion in a separate pan, until it is as done as you like.
Season with whatever seasonings you like (I used Costco's Organic No-Salt Seasoning, because I felt lazy. But garlic, thyme, rosemary, chili powder, cumin, well, really anything would work).
Stir the soup, and when your bacon and onions are done, throw them into the soup. Add a little water (1/2 - 1 cup) if it is getting stew-y instead of soupy. Taste it and be wowed. Add salt & pepper if you feel like it. Toss in the cilantro.
You really don't have to buy the already shredded cheese from your local Stuff-Mart. This is some Amish co-jack (I know we can't all have that, either!) that my mom picked up in Ohio. Thanks Mom! That weird metal thing is a box grater. I know, crazy.
Time elapsed, about 1 minute. Seriously. It tastes better. It isn't coated in that weird non-caking stuff that dries out the already shredded cheese.
Serve into bowls, and top each bowl with some cheese.
Your kids will look at you with suspicion. But don't be fooled. It's delicious.