I made the best dinner tonight. No, really. Both boys told me it was amazing and I outdid myself. I think I actually blushed. But it’s embarrassing because it was so easy. Here’s what I did:
Before I left for work this morning, I threw the following ingredients into my crockpot.
- 1 30-oz bag frozen, shredded hash browns
- 3 14-oz cans chicken broth
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup chopped onion (I used frozen because I had an open bag of them)
- 1/4 tsp pepper
I put it on Low and left for work. This was about 7:30am and I got home about 5:30. I gave it a good stir and added an 8-oz brick of cream cheese that I had cut into 8 pieces. Then I went for a walk. 🙂 When I got back, about 30-40min later, I stirred the soup really well until the soup came together and was really creamy looking. It was looking a little separated and funky at first but it did finally come together after a minute or 2 of stirring. Then I tasted it and salted/peppered to taste. AND added a healthy dose of smoked paprika. I think this was my secret ingredient (not mentioned in the original recipe I found online). It made the soup taste like it had bacon in it and it also gave it a color that made it look cheesy (as in cheddar).
This seriously was the best soup. The boys would not stop raving about the soup. We served it with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar. Delish!!! Below is a link to the original online recipe. It’s a perfect fall/winter soup.