In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté onions and celery in oil until onions are clear.
Add the potatoes, broth, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 25 minutes.
In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and ¼ cup of milk until smooth. Add remaining milk. Stir into the potato mixture.
Cook and stir until thickened and heated through, about 5 minutes. Do not boil.
Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Top with bacon bits. Serve warm.
Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
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