– Bacon – Potatoes – Onions – Celery – Green onions – Carrots – Chicken broth – Salt and pepper – Garlic cloves – Dried basil – Crushed red pepper – Hot sauce – Butter – Cream
Cook the bacon is a soup pot. Remove it but leave the drippings in to help flavor the soup. Break the bacon into pieces and store it in the refrigerator while the soup cooks.
Peel and cube potatoes. Dice onions and trim edges off of celery. Rinse green onions and cut off the roots and top 1-2 inches. Chop into small pieces about 1/8 inch long.
Add potatoes, bag of carrots, onions, celery, green onions, chicken broth, spices and hot sauce to the soup pot and bring pot to low boil over medium-high heat.
Simmer and then remove celery stalks. Add butter and heavy whipping cream and allow to simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Carefully puree soup mixture for a few seconds.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cheese, bacon, green onions, and sour cream if desired.