I've had this recipe so long, I really can't even remember where I got it. But it's Ken's VERY favorite soup that I make. It's a little time consuming, peeling and cutting up all those potatoes and veggies, but so worth it.
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (pre-cooked is okay)
6 green onions (the whole thing), chopped OR 1 large onion, diced
10 med. potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 stalks celery, diced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart boiling water with heaping T. ham (or chicken) flavored Better than Boillion
Salt to taste
1 T. worcestire sauce
Several drops Tabasco ( this is the secret ingredient that makes it so good)
1 quart half and half
In a large kettle, saute bacon, then add carrots and celery. Saute for a couple of minutes, then add all veggies, Water and seasonings. Cover and simmer until veggies are tender. Mash with a potato masher. Pour in half and half. Slowly heat, but do not boil. Taste and add more of the following as desired: Salt, pepper, garlic salt, more tobasco, more better than boillion, more worcestire sauce. Adjust the seasonings until it tastes the way you like it.