2 pounds potatoes ( I used yukon gold ) cubed
3 slices applewood smoked bacon, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 leeks, sliced and rinsed white and light green parts
2 cups chicken bone broth
1 cup half and half
1 cup plus more for garnish white cheddar cheese
Snipped Chives for garnish
With Instant Pot on sear, cook diced bacon until just crispy. Remove to a paper towel to drain.
In the grease rendered from the bacon cook the leeks and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, until translucent.
Add potatoes and chicken broth.
Place lid on Instant Pot and using high pressure cook for 6 minutes. Let natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
Remove half of the potato mixture to a large bowl. Using an immersion blender*, puree the potato mixture remaining in the pot.
Return the mixture from the large bowl, add 1/2 cup half and half, and white cheddar cheese, stirring to mix and melt cheese.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup half and half and stir.
*If you do not have an immersion blender, place the half of the potato mixture into a stand blender and puree, returning the mixture and follow the directions as stated.
To serve place soup in bowl and garnish with bacon, extra cheese, and chives.
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