Potato Soup

This easy Potato Soup recipe is truly the best!  It’s quick and easy to make on the stovetop, it’s nice and creamy (without using heavy cream), and it’s always so cozy and comforting and delicious.

The BEST Potato Soup Recipe

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This easy potato soup recipe has been my tried-and-true, back-pocket, all-time-favorite for over a decade now.  It’s perfectly rich and creamy (without using heavy cream), it’s full of flavor (because bland potato soup is the worst), it’s easy to adapt to be vegetarian and/or gluten-free (see below), and it is always, always a crowd fave.  I promise it won’t let you down.

Let’s make some potato soup!

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Potato Soup Ingredients:

To make this easy potato soup recipe, you will need:

  • Bacon: I recommend using center-cut bacon here, to keep it a bit more lean.  But any kind of bacon you love will do.  We will also use its leftover grease (or butter, if you prefer) to sauté the veggies for extra flavor.  That said, if you would like to make this soup vegetarian, see my recommendations below for a delicious meatless version.
  • Veggies: Onion and garlic.
  • Flour: We will use flour to make a roux to thicken the soup.  Or if you would like a lighter soup, you can skip this step and just puree part of the soup to thicken it.  (See tips below.)
  • Chicken stock and milk: These will form the broth of our soup.  Feel free to use chicken or veggie stock, and then whatever kind of milk you prefer (I used 2% cow’s milk).
  • Potatoes: I highly recommend making this soup with buttery Yukon gold potatoes.  But russets or red potatoes would also do.
  • Cheese: I recommend a good sharp cheddar cheese here for maximum flavor.
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream: To make the soup extra-creamy.
  • Salt and pepper: Add in as much as you need at the end to season your soup well.

And finally…toppings!  I’m a big believer that the more, the merrier when it comes to toppings and potato soup.  Some classic options could include

  • Extra bacon, extra shredded cheese, thinly-sliced green onions or chives, sour cream, fresh thyme, sprinkle of Cajun seasoning

The BEST Potato Soup

How To Make Potato Soup:

To make this potato soup recipe, simply:

  1. Cook the bacon.  Dice and then sauté it in a large stockpot until it’s nice and crispy.  Then transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, and reserve a few tablespoons of leftover grease in the stockpot (discarding the rest.)
  2. Sauté the veggies. Sauté the onion and garlic in the bacon grease until softened.  Then stir in some flour, to create your roux.
  3. Add broth and potatoes.  Then add the stock, milk and potatoes.  Cook until the potatoes until softened, being sure to stir the soup regularly so that the bottom does not burn.
  4. Add remaining ingredients.  Then stir in the cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and crispy bacon bits.  Taste and season the soup with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve warm.  Then serve it up, loaded up with all of your favorite toppings!

Homemade Potato Soup with Bacon and Cheddar

Possible Variations:

Guys, there are so many ways to customize this soup!  Some possibilities could include:

  • Make it vegetarian: Nix the bacon.  And in its place, add in 2-3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning for a bit of extra flavor.  (Plus, use butter or olive oil in place of the bacon grease.)
  • Make it gluten-free: You could either:
    • omit the flour, and instead, whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch into the cold milk and then add it to the soup
    • don’t worry about cornstarch/flour at all, and instead, puree half of the soup to thicken it
  • Lighten it up: Feel free to:
    • omit the flour and 2 tablespoons of grease/butter, and instead, puree half of the soup to thicken it
    • use skim milk
    • use turkey bacon (although you may need to add in a little extra olive oil or butter to sauté the veggies)
  • Add in extra seasoning: If you would like to give your soup an extra twist, feel free to add in 1 tablespoon:
  • Use a mix of potatoes: For something different, feel free to use a mix of Yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes, for more of a sweet and savory blend of flavors
  • Add in some extra veggies: If you’d like to load this up with extra veggies, feel free to toss in a handful of chopped cauliflower and/or broccoli along with the potatoes.  They work well with this recipe too!

Loaded Homemade Potato Soup Recipe

What To Serve With Potato Soup:

Looking for some side dishes to serve with this potato soup recipe?  Here are a few of my faves:

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The BEST Potato Soup!

This easy Potato Soup recipe is quick and easy to make on the stovetop, it’s nice and creamy (without using heavy cream), and it’s always so cozy and comforting and delicious.  See notes above for possible variations, including how to make this soup vegetarian.

Ingredients:

  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons (reserved) bacon grease or butter
  • 1 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups milk, warmed
  • 1.5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon sea 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

Directions:

  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 sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.  Stir in the garlic and sauté for an extra 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.  Stir the flour into the mixture and sauté for an additional 1 minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in the stock until combined, followed by the milk and potatoes.
  3. Continue cooking until the mixture just reaches a simmer, before it begins to boil.  Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, being sure to stir the soup every few minutes so that the bottom does not burn.  (The smaller you dice your potatoes, the faster your soup will cook.)
  4. Once the potatoes are nice and soft, stir in the cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt, pepper and cooked bacon bits.  Taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Serve warm, garnished with desired toppings.  Or, transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Be sure to also check out our Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe too — made easy in the crock pot!
  • This recipe was originally shared here in December 2014.
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  1. So good! Not only do my husband and I love this recipe, but it’s one of the only things my nauseous pregnant friends can eat, so I’m making a big batch for delivery today! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  2. The best potato soup we have ever eaten. The only thing I added was carrots for color. Will definitely make this again.

  3. Made the soup for my sick husband and he loved it. Thank you. It was awesome.

  4. Have not had a fail on any of your recipes! Made a double batch tonight to share with my son and daughter in law. Added diced carrots and celery because extra veggies are always a good thing. Thyme and parsley. It was less than 1/2″ from the top of my favorite soup pot so I had to help myself to a bowl. Oh. My. Heavens!

  5. I’ve made this recipe over and over for my family and occasionally my co-workers and everyone LOVES it! I use pre-cooked bacon and just add butter with the onion and I always triple the recipe and use a 5 pound bag of potatoes and it never lasts more than 24 hours!

    Rating: 5
  6. Made it tonight. Absolutely delicious! Followed directions to the letter, but added chopped spinach with bacon. My wife loves me again!😂

    Rating: 5
  7. Just made this for dinner and it is delicious! Followed your tip and used gold potatoes. So creamy and rich! Will definitely make again soon :)

    Rating: 5
  8. I have made this soup, several times now, it has become a family favorite. It’s too simple, and easy to make, not to make it, every time it’s requested.

    Rating: 5
  9. Just wondering about ham…I know you are more on the vegetarian side, but have you ever tried adding ham and what kind? Or is this a bad idea? Thanks – LOVE your recipes!

  10. One word….incredible!

    I was craving a basic potato soup and this recipe was exactly what I wanted. You can definitely build on it and change it up but it’s so good just the way it is

    Rating: 5
  11. Absolutely love this recipe. You can make it exactly like the recipe says or even add your twists to it and it will still come out really good! I love adding a little bit of corn to give it some extra crunch !

    Rating: 5
  12. I made this tonight. Was so rich and chunky and creamy! Easy to make! Will be making this again and again!! Yummy!!

    Rating: 5
  13. OMG this was my first time ever making homemade potato soup! I did good! It’s delicious! This was very easy to make!

    Rating: 5
  14. Best ever. I served this with Reuben sandwiches for 20 Friendly Sons of St Patrick in Mobile Al. I had doubled the recipe and had no leftovers. The men only organization have a parade every year and my husband and I host this annual party the week before March 17. Thank you for this wonderful easy soup.

  15. Absolutely delicious!! Easy to make too. Thanks for sharing❣ Will be my go-to potato soup recipe!

    Rating: 5
  16. I made this awesome soup again today and love it even more!!! I made 5 pounds of yukon gold potatoes, and proportionally increased all ingredients…I. doubled the amount of bacon, and increased onion, garlic and sour cream, and cheese by about a third. Oh yesssss!

    Just plain LOVE this soup! It is mouth satisfying, stomach filling, and just delicious!

    Thank you!

  17. Without any doubt the best potato soup recipe on file. Thank YOU!

  18. We tried this out and loved it
    My brother had two servings defiantly make it again.😉

    Rating: 5
  19. This is the best potato soup recipe! 🥔🥣😊

    Rating: 5
  20. This is one of my comfort food favs & this recipe is the absolute easiest, most delicious one out there. I love the little extras that are added in the following notes. The fact that I don’t have to wait all day for a slow cooker is the best! Thank u for taking the time for ppl like me that can’t remember well enough to make it from scratch off the top of their heads.

    Rating: 5
  21. So easy and so delicious! I have a very picky 11 year old and he absolutely loved this soup! Thank you for the great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  22. I’m mad I didn’t find this recipe last fall! Best potato soup I have ever made. I could have done half an onion, but it was delish anyway! This recipe is 2nd only to the potato soup made by my favorite local Amish restaurant.

    Rating: 5
  23. This is the easiest,most tasty potato soup recipe ever the gold potatoes has so much flavor in this recipe

    Rating: 5
  24. DELICIOUS

  25. Smells sooooo good…cant wait to eat!!!!!

    Rating: 5
  26. Making it for the second time because my husband just cant get enough. This is so warm creamy and delicious.

    Rating: 5
  27. So Delicious! I added the sour cream and cheddar cheese as advised. Also added some broccoli (gotta get those veggies!) My husband and kids loved it. Very hearty, I doubled the recipe to make a BIG pot with leftovers. Was very skeptical of this recipe because it only had a few ingredients….But it definitely delivered! Menu staple for sure.

    Rating: 5
  28. Loved this recipe. I’m about to make this for 9 people on the coming week so I’ll be making a large batch enough for extras.

    Rating: 5