An easy, real-food , comfort soup that will please the whole family!
Place 6 slices bacon on a paper-towel lined paper plate and cover with a paper towel. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Let cool. (Or use pre-cooked bacon.)
Melt butter in a saute pan. Add onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often until lightly browned. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
Peel and then cut potatoes into quarters.
Combine the following in slow cooker: 3 crumbled slices of cooked bacon, cooked onion/garlic mixture, broth, tapioca flour (if using), potatoes, salt and pepper. Stir and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until potatoes are very soft.
Add milk and shredded cheese and continue on low for 30 minutes. Stir, serve into bowls and add toppings.