Perfect use for left over mashed potatoes! Quick and easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Can also be made in a slow cooker!

**This recipe requires the use of real mashed potatoes…instant will not work. Not hard to make them…2-3lbs red skin potatoes, cut into pieces, put into a pot filled with water and some salt. Boil until fork tender, drain, mash and add 1 stick butter and 1/2c milk. Done.

4c mashed potatoes
4c milk
1 1/2c shredded cheddar cheese
1/2c sour cream
1T chives (fresh or dried)
4-5 bacon strips, cooked crispy and crumbled (or 1/4c bacon bits)
salt and pepper to taste

Put mashed potatoes and milk into a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and add remaining ingredients. Stir to mix well. Done. Yes, it’s that easy!!