Baked Potato Soup #1

from allrecipes

3 bacon strips, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (4 T for thicker soup)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil (or less to taste)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Shredded Cheddar cheese
minced fresh parsley

Cook potatoes in broth until tender.
In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Saute onion and garlic in the drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, basil and pepper; mix well. Gradually stir in broth and potato mixture. Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add the cream and hot pepper sauce; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon, cheese, green onions and parsley.