Loaded Baked Potato Soup

I kinda combined 3 or 4 recipes into this one and it turned out great!!  Nice and filling and it's a pretty cheap dish.  Yum, yum, yum!

1-2 T butter
1/4 c flour
1 c chicken broth
1/2 c water
5 russet potatoes (medium-large), baked
1 1/2 c Half n Half
2 oz cheddar cheese
2-4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled/chopped
2 T chives
salt & pepper
1/2 c skim milk
1/2 c light sour cream
Top with more: sour cream, cheese, bacon, chives, etc if desired

In a bowl, remove the filling of each potato after you have baked and cooled it.  You can dice up a little of the skin to throw in if you like the crunchy texture, but I don't notice it.  In your pot, add butter and melt.  Add flour to butter and mix.  Add broth and water.  Stir until combined and bring to a boil.  Add in potato mush, cheese, chives, salt & pepper.  Slowly add in Half N Half.  Cook slowly until thickened (will almost seem like mashed potatoes).  Leave in some chunks of potato, but smash the rest.  Add in bacon bits.  Add in milk (this is approx amount) and sour cream.  Slowly re-heat until desired texture.  Should be thick, on a spoon, but not on a fork.  

Serve topped with extra sour cream, cheese, bacon, chives, etc.

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