Potato Soup

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

Man, it’s amazing what a 5-day weekend will do for the world, isn’t it?

Yesterday afternoon as I was enjoying the last few hours of Thanksgiving break at my neighborhood coffee shop, I looked around and couldn’t help but notice how visibly relaxed everyone was.  Even amidst the hustle and bustle of the crowd and even with holiday music cranked to the nines, there seemed to be such an ease and joy filling the room, as if people just wanted to look around and say, “this we need more of this in our lives”.  Sitting there snuggled up in my fuzzy coat, with my hands curled around a hot cup of coffee, talking through the weekend with a good friend, I couldn’t agree more.  Life felt simple and carefree and good.

Of course, Mondays always come, along with the to-do lists and post-turkey-workouts and let’s-get-back-on-with-real-life-ness that I ridiculously too good at cramming into my schedule.  But if nothing else, I feel that with each vacation, each long weekend, each extended period of time off, I get just a tiny bit better and recognizing how much I just love that feeling of being totally checked out and relaxed.  How much I need it.  How (I’m pretty sure) we were all designed for it.  How it rocks.

So anyway, as cheesy as it may sound, I have found that one of my favorite times of the day to disconnect — if even just for 10 minutes or so — is over lunch.  It’s super tempting when working from home to just “power through” the lunch hour, especially when food seems to be hanging around the office 24/7 in my job.  But over the past year or so, I have come to totally appreciate the rhythm of taking some serious time off for lunch.  No email.  No computer open.  Usually it’s just me, a book or a TV show (right now I’m obsessed with The Good Wife!!) or the view outside my window, and an actual factual meal of some kind.

Last week I was feeling like comfort food, so this potato soup recipe happened.  And it was perfection.

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

I have been a fan of potato soup since as far back as I can remember, especially when cheese is involved, and especially if lots of bacon is served on top and stirred in.

However, I hardly ever order it out at restaurants because you can almost guarantee that they have thrown quarts full of heavy cream into the mix, which is totally unnecessary if you ask me.  (I would rather consume any extra calories in bacon, thankyouverymuch.)  ;)

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

The good news is that you don’t need insane amounts of cream to make an insanely creamy, delicious potato soup.   Nor do you need a ton of time.  This soup is ready to go in about 30 minutes or so, and also makes fantastic leftovers.

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

If you’re anti-bacon, you can totally skip that part.  And you can also add in as much cheese as sounds good to you.

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

Basically, this is a fantastic base recipe for potato soup.  So feel free to customize it however you’d like.

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

And whether you make it on a relaxing weekend off, or smack dab in the middle of a super chaotic week, I hope that this soup can bring at least a few moments of extra comfort and relaxation and joy to your day.  It definitely did to mine.

Hugs and bon appetit, friends!

Edited: For any of you looking for a crock-pot version of this recipe, check out my new recipe for Slow Cooker Potato Soup!  It’s delicious!

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

Potato Soup

This classic potato soup recipe is thick, creamy and delicious, and made healthier without heavy cream.


  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease (reserved) or butter
  • 1 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk, warmed
  • 1.5 pounds potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced (I recommend Yukon gold potatoes)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon, sour cream


  1. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add diced bacon and cook until crispy, stirring occasionally.  Transfer the bacon to a separate plate, using a slotted spoon, reserving about 3 tablespoons of bacon grease in the stockpot.  (Discard any extra grease, or you can substitute butter in place of the 3 tablespoons of bacon grease.  Also, if you are short on time, you can dice the potatoes and onion while the bacon cooks to save time.)
  2. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.  Sprinkle the flour on top of the onion, and stir until combined.  Saute for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in the chicken stock until combined.  Stir in the milk and potatoes until combined.  Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, but is not boiling.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally every few minutes so that the bottom does not burn.  (The smaller you dice your potatoes, the faster they will cook.)
  4. When the potatoes are soft, stir in the cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt, pepper and cooked bacon bits.  Taste and see if it needs more salt or pepper or cheese.
  5. Serve warm, garnished with desired toppings.

Be sure to also check out our Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe too -- made easy in the crock pot!

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Potato Soup Recipe -- simple, comforting, creamy, and delicious (and made lighter without heavy cream!) | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Mem — March 3, 2016 @ 4:54 am (#)

    I have made this soup a few times now, absolutely my family’s favorite potato soup. I used 4-5 regular white potatoes and it was Delicious!

    Try this soup, you won’t be disappointed!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 3rd, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words — we’re so happy you and your family enjoyed it!

  2. Cathy — March 5, 2016 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    I made this soup and loved it!!! I am gluten free and instead of the flour I used potato starch. I also added some garlic and about a 1/4tsp chili powder as well as 1c more stock. Awesomeness!!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 5th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing Cathy — we’re glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)

  3. Barbara Brueckner — March 6, 2016 @ 12:11 am (#)

    awesome recipe did add a little broccoli-1 cup cream and 1 cup 2% milk and Penzey seasoning Fox Point a few shakes 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 6th, 2016 @ 7:46 am

      That sounds great Barbara! We’re glad you enjoyed it! :)

  4. Sequoia — March 7, 2016 @ 9:30 am (#)

    Eating a bowl (okay a 2nd bowl) of this right now since I can’t wait until dinner.  Next time I will make as written, but was short on ingredients but craving potato soup.   I used vegetable bouillon in place of the chicken stock, homemade pork meatballs in place of the bacon, labneh for the Greek yogurt, and gruyere for the cheddar.  It also took about 30 minutes for the potatoes to cook through, and they were diced small.  But it is delicious!  The texture is perfect, and I love the subtle flavor the labneh gave it.   Thanks for such an easy and satisfying recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 5:57 pm

      Oooh we think that all sounds amazing! And you’re so welcome, we’re happy you liked this! :)

  5. Ashley — March 10, 2016 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    I used the base of your recipe this evening to make dinner. My husband is allergic to dairy and wheat so we use cashew milk and a GF All Purpose Flour. Since I wasn’t able to use cheese and the yogurt/sour cream, I needed to add some additional seasoning to give it more flavor. However, your recipe really really was very good. :-D thanks! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 11th, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

      We’re glad you guys were able to modify this and that you enjoyed it Ashley! :)

  6. Hanna — March 30, 2016 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    This soup was/is amazing. I just finished making it (on a rainy afternoon – optimal soup conditions haha), and both my husband and I /love/ it! Definitely putting it on my keeper recipes, thanks for making such an amazing concoction of flavor. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 30th, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

      We’re so glad to hear you and your husband loved this Hanna! :)

  7. Sam — April 8, 2016 @ 10:14 am (#)

    Hi!!  Gonna make this soup tonight, was wondering if you can freeze this recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 9th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      Awesome Sam — we hope you love it! You can try to freeze this, but we’re concerned that with the amount of dairy in it, it wouldn’t hold up so well (soups/sauces with high dairy content tend to break in the freezer, and the texture will be different).

  8. Kelly — May 4, 2016 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    I have made this recipe a million times and it has always turned out perfect and amazing. Thank you for providing us with such a simple, perfect go-to meal (and lunch the next day). We add a little crushed red pepper and it fill our bowls up!

  9. Stephanie — May 14, 2016 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    Just finished making this…it is delicious. If you’re looking for a healthy potato soup, this is it! I did not have cheddar cheese, just a shredded four-cheese blend and it turned out great! Thank you gimmesomeoven for a yummy dinner tonight! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 3:16 pm

      Thanks Stephanie — we’re so happy you enjoyed it! :)

  10. Marie LaVasseur — May 25, 2016 @ 1:08 pm (#)

    I use Butter Herb instant potatoes to thicken my soup. But I am just a home cook.

  11. Susan — May 31, 2016 @ 5:36 am (#)

    Will this still be good if I make it one night ahead of time and warm over the next night? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13th, 2016 @ 9:09 am

      Yes, that should be fine! We hope you enjoy!

  12. Abby — June 1, 2016 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    Hi, this looks delicious. I was wondering if you think this would be good with fresh corn in it? I got 4 ears from a local farm and I know soup is typically a winter food, but I thought I could put a summer twist on it since I have all the other ingredients in my pantry!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 13th, 2016 @ 9:57 am

      Thanks Abby! And we think this would be delicious with some fresh corn — we say go for it! :D

  13. Abby — June 16, 2016 @ 7:32 am (#)

    This soup is PERFECTION. I added the four ears of fresh corn and it was so good I almost licked the bowl. Really, really delicious, this is definitely my new favorite soup. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

      Thank you Abby — we’re so glad to hear that! And the fresh corn sounds incredible — good thinking! :D

  14. Carol — June 16, 2016 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    This soup is amazing. I’ve just cooked it for my husband… It is really simple and easy. I loved it and I know my husband will too.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 11:44 am

      Thank you Carol — we’re so glad you enjoy it!

  15. Janice horn — June 30, 2016 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    One of the best soups I have ever eaten!!!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 2nd, 2016 @ 7:15 am

      Wow, thank you so much Janice! We’re thrilled you enjoyed it!

  16. Amy — July 1, 2016 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    It was DELISH however the cheese was too much next time I’ll make it a tad thicker and no cheese ;). Amazing dish it didn’t last long ;)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 2nd, 2016 @ 7:09 am

      Thanks for your feedback Amy — we’re glad you enjoyed this!

  17. JM — July 11, 2016 @ 1:36 am (#)

    I made this tonight for dinner it was lovely. My husband loved it. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11th, 2016 @ 7:43 am

      That’s awesome JM — we’re happy to hear that! :)

  18. Jo — August 14, 2016 @ 11:05 pm (#)

    Reduce portions and make in a small pot for single
    serving w left overs for tomorrow or perfect for
    two with garlic toast

  19. KN — August 18, 2016 @ 12:28 am (#)

    I made this for the first time week or so, My kids they absolutely loved this soup 
    They want me to make it again, but more! Thanks for the great reciepe :) and its soooo easy to make!!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 18th, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

      That’s awesome, KN — we’re so glad it was a hit! :D

  20. Hannah — September 6, 2016 @ 11:29 pm (#)

    This looks scrumptious! Do you think I could subsistitue unsweetened almond milk for the regular milk to make it even lighter? Let me know your thoughts! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 7th, 2016 @ 8:00 am

      Thanks Hannah, we hope you love it! And we haven’t tried this with almond milk, but you certainly could (just keep in mind it won’t be as thick). let us know how it turns out if you try it!

  21. Bjork — September 7, 2016 @ 10:28 am (#)

    Made this soup yesterday. Very tasty will make it again. Thank you :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 7th, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Bjork!

  22. Julie — September 8, 2016 @ 11:34 am (#)

    I love this recipe! Instead of Greek yogurt I used non-fat plain yogurt. Even my daughter (5) and foster daughter (16) had seconds.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 8th, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Julie — we’re so happy you and your daughter enjoy it!

  23. Cindy Smith — September 21, 2016 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    This was THE BEST potato soup I have ever had!  Will definitely make again.  Does it freeze well?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 22nd, 2016 @ 11:38 am

      Thanks, Cindy — we’re so happy you loved it! Unfortunately though it does not freeze well, due to the high dairy content.

  24. Christy — September 26, 2016 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    Is there a version of this recipe or something I could substitute out to add the heavy cream? I love my soups extra creamy and this one looks so good! I just have a liking to heavy cream and use it in a lot of recipes and wanted to know if I am able to add it or substitute it for one of the ingredients? Thank you in advance!! I can’t wait to try this!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 27th, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

      Hi Christy — you can definitely substitute half and half and/or cream for the milk — no problem! We hope you enjoy!

  25. Renee W — September 30, 2016 @ 5:44 pm (#)

    Made this tonight for dinner…perfect night for it ..rainy ..damp…cold….this soup is amazing !!!! Delicious….my hubby said just might be his favorite …only change I made was added corn…. a definite keeper ! Thanks for sharing !

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 3rd, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

      We’re so happy you and your husband loved it, Renee! :)

  26. Donna — October 1, 2016 @ 6:34 pm (#)

    Looks absolutely delicious

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 5th, 2016 @ 1:28 pm

      Thanks, Donna — we hope you enjoy!

  27. Judy — October 2, 2016 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    You are awesome with putting together great recipes.  I have been wanting some good potato soup, it is quick, easy and very tasty. I shared my first batch with my sister, her husband and a neighbor that is under the weather.  Second batch will be very soon.
    Thanks from Shelbyville, KY

    Someone ask about freezing the potato soup.  What I have experienced with freezing potatoes they fall apart when thawed and the flavor is not there.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 4th, 2016 @ 10:47 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Judy, and for your sweet words! We’re so glad you enjoyed this soup! :)

  28. Justine — October 6, 2016 @ 11:53 am (#)

    I was looking for a recipe that didn’t involve heavy cream or butter! I have some pancetta that im going to sub in for the bacon and add some fresh broccoli and sweet corn! Cant wait for dinner tonight!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 10th, 2016 @ 11:56 am

      We hope you enjoyed this, Justine — and we bet pancetta, broccoli, and corn were all fantastic in this! :)

  29. Deidra — October 8, 2016 @ 12:10 am (#)

    I never had potato soup before. All of a sudden I had a craving and used this recipe. This soup was delish! Better yet this is the first thing I’ve had all week that hasn’t made me nauseous. Will definitely make this again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 10th, 2016 @ 11:48 am

      Thanks for sharing, Deidra — we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  30. Angie — October 8, 2016 @ 5:07 pm (#)

    My daughter and I made this tonight for the family. Not a drop left. It was tasty. Thank you so much!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 10th, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that, Angie! :)

  31. Beth — October 9, 2016 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    Make this wonderful potato soup this eve. My husband and I loved it. So creamy, and so flavorful. The only change I made to it was to add 1/8 cup of buttermilk ranch dressing to the soup as I did not have sour cream or yogurt. Thank you. B

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

      Sounds delicious! :)

  32. Leslie — October 10, 2016 @ 11:43 am (#)

    I made a vegetarian version of this with homemade veggie “bacon” (although I think a commercial veggie bacon, like Morningstar or Lightlife would be just as good) and added a dash of liquid smoke to the soup to replicate that bacon-y goodness. Served with a side of roasted broccoli – perfection! Thanks for this recipe. Once fall finally arrives in the Bay Area, I’ll be making this again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 10th, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Leslie! We’re glad you were able to make this vegetarian, and your adaptations sound delicious! :)

  33. Pam — October 12, 2016 @ 6:23 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it was so good. Hubby had a tooth pulled so I needed to make something that he didn’t have to chew. The only thing I did different was when the potatoes were done, I took my potato masher and mashed the potatoes up a bit. I definitely will be making this again. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

      Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it! (And hope your husband feels better soon!)

  34. Summer — October 22, 2016 @ 1:20 pm (#)

    I cooked this last night. It was so easy and delicious! I didn’t have the onion or sourcream but it was still great without it. I added some Cajun seasoning to give it a nice kick. Thanks so much for a great recipe! This is definitely a keeper!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 26th, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed it, Summer, and we bet the Cajun seasoning was a nice addition! :)

  35. bookaddict209 — October 23, 2016 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    I made this soup with a few changes, having to work with what was on hand. I had some cream that was going to go to waste,  so I replaced a cup of milk with it, and I only had beef broth instead of chicken stock.
    Still quite delicious! (That said I do look forward to doing this recipe later the right way).

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 25th, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us — we’re glad you were able to improvise and that you enjoyed it! :)

  36. Alicia — October 31, 2016 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    This was awesome even second day! I doubled it and added celery, 2 crushed garlic cloves and a little more flour. Definitely making again!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 11th, 2016 @ 11:42 am

      We’re glad to hear that, Alicia! :)

  37. Mary — November 2, 2016 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    Can you cooked the potatoes first and if I don’t put onions in do I need the flour 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 13th, 2016 @ 7:08 pm

      Hi Mary, you don’t need to cook the potatoes first for this, and you’ll still need flour whether you add the onions or not. We hope you enjoy!

  38. Gayle Trunfio — November 6, 2016 @ 1:02 am (#)

    All year I’ve been expanding my favorite go-to soups with new recipes. Some made the cut, others not. This looks delicious. Can’t decide if I should use the Smoked Monterey Jack or Smoked Havarti with Dill I bought recently. Love freezing into smaller portions for a quick, easy lunch or dinner. Thanks for sharing. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 14th, 2016 @ 11:56 am

      We hope you enjoy this, Gayle — and we think either one of those cheeses would be incredible in this! :)

  39. Kathy — November 8, 2016 @ 6:39 am (#)

    This soup looks great. I’m going to try it this weekend. What do you recommend to serve with it? Thanks.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 15th, 2016 @ 11:16 am

      Thanks, Kathy — we hope you enjoy it! We would serve this with a nice salad and some bread, but it’s totally up to you! :)

  40. Shandlyn — November 9, 2016 @ 6:45 am (#)

    I am embarrassed to admit just how often I have made this soup. It is SO good and is just perfect now that the days are getting shorter and colder!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 15th, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

      We’re thrilled that you love it, Shandlyn! :)

  41. Margaret — November 11, 2016 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    Almost the same as mine except the yogurt. Had to try that . Soo good. I usually thicken with potato flakes. Thanks.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 10:02 pm

      Awesome! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Margaret!

  42. K.N — November 12, 2016 @ 12:49 am (#)

    My teenagers are picky, and I made this dish and they all loved
    It. They like it so much that they ask for this dish. Im glad i found this recipe, its a favorite in my house. Its definitely worth trying

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that! :)

  43. Selina — November 12, 2016 @ 7:56 am (#)

    Hi, just made this soup it’s delicious! Can this soup be kept for a few days if refrigerated and is it ok to be reheated?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

      Hi Selina! We’re so happy you like the soup! And yes, it will keep just fine in the refrigerator for a few days and will reheat fine as well (on the stove is best).

  44. Sarah Janssen — November 13, 2016 @ 10:54 am (#)

    Would this work in a crock pot? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 11:17 pm

      Hi Sarah! We actually have a slow cooker potato soup recipe here: Hope you enjoy! :)

  45. Stephanie — November 26, 2016 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    Have made this a couple times and LOVE it! Super easy and delicious! I run about 1 1/2 cups through an immersion blender just before adding the cheese, sour cream and bacon bits to thicken the soup. Great even on a not-so-cold day.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 8:49 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Stephanie — we’re glad you enjoy it!