Loaded Potato Soup

2 T. butter
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1 sm. onion, finely diced
3 c. chicken broth
4 lg. potatoes, peeled and diced
3 T. flour
2 ½ c. milk
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
½ c. bacon bits
½ c. finely sliced scallions

In a soup pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add celery and onion; sauté 5-7 mins. or until tender. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 20-25 mins. or until potatoes are tender. Combine flour, milk, salt & pepper and add slowly to soup until thickened and heated thoroughly, stirring constantly. Add cheese, bacon bits, scallions. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Sharon McDonald