#1- i use a hand blender right in the pot to avoid transfering small batches of soup into the blender.
#2- i have used canned potatoes to save time and it still came out AWESOME!
Cheddar Potato Soup
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup celery, chopped
2 T butter
4 cups potatoes, diced & peeled
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups milk
¼ t pepper
*Sauté onion & celery in butter until tender. Add potatoes and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 10-15 min or until potatoes are tender. Puree small batches in blender until smooth. Return to pan. Stir in cheese, milk, and paprika. Simmer until cheese is melted. Serve with croutons.