This is a receipe I grew up on. Quick and easy, very adaptable to your tastes.
Baked Potato Soup
3 strips bacon, diced (I use real bacon pieces with the salad stuff)
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp pepper
2 lg potatoes, baked, peeled, cubed (about 2 cups)
1 cup 1/2 and 1/2 cream
3 Tb flour
1 tsp salt and dried basil
3 cups chicken broth (I use a little more than this depending on the amount of cheese and thickness of the soup)
shredded cheddar (and/or Velveeta)
In large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 Tb drippings. Set aside bacon. Saute onion and garlic in dripping until tender. (Since I use bacon pieces that are already cooked I saute my onion and garlic in some oil and butter.) Stir in flour, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Gradually add broth. Bring to boil and stir 2 minutes. Add potatoes and cream; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon, cheese, and parsley. (I mix the cheese into mine, about a cup of shredded cheddar and 1/4 lb of velveeta)
You could easily add veggies to this. Corn or broccoli would be good, maybe some red pepper.