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by Rachel Haynes, Dairy Ambassador

Every college student’s worse nightmare… getting homesick and not having time to make a home cooked meal. Between the endless amounts of homework to the inconvenient group projects and meetings, we as college students are always on the go and never have time to make a nice meal. My name is Rachel and I am in my senior year of college, which means I have no sleep or social life. I grew up on a dairy farm so not being home by the animals everyday can make me homesick. The amount of time I spend in a classroom or studying in a library outweighs the amount of time I am in my apartment, or even the chance to go home. As every college kid knows, we are not made of money, which leaves us with little to spend. Nevertheless I find my self-spending a lot of money on groceries that end up going bad before I even get a chance to eat them. If this sounds like a problem you deal with as well, look no further, I have a recipe that is cheep, delicious, and makes enough to freeze leftovers. Not to mention, you can throw it together in the morning on a busy day and be ready for a nice home cooked meal by dinnertime. It reminds me of being home on the farm during harvest.

Easy Dorm-Friendly Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

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  • (1) 32 oz. bag of frozen hashbrowns (chunk style, not sliced)
  • (1) 32 oz box of chicken broth (low sodium can be used)
  • 10 oz (1 can) cream of chicken soup
  • 3 oz bacon bits (reserve some for garnish)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (reserve some for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serves 4


Put hashbrowns in slow cooker and add chicken broth, soup, and bacon bits.

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Cook on low for 7-8 hours. After cooking, add cream cheese and shredded cheese.

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Stir in to melt. Serve once fully incorporated, garnishing with extra bacon bits and cheese.

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One advantage of this recipe is that leftovers can be frozen! For best results, allow soup to come to room temperature then store securely and freeze.

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The Dairy Ambassador program is a scholarship recognizing five Indiana college students for their achievements and empowering them to talk about dairy farming to others. The application period for the next class of Dairy Ambassadors will open in January on Contact if you are interested in more information about the scholarship.