Potato Soup

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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 Recipe

The BEST Potato Soup!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x

Description

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.


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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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • 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. Literally the best soup ever. Just made it today out of boredom and I was astonished at how amazing it tasted. If you’re skeptical, just make it!!!

    • Left out the bacon, used the 3 tbsp of butter. I used a bit more broth by accident and I only had 2% milk. Almost the whole 32 oz box. Added 1 tsp salt. Used light sour cream not yogurt and 2% milk. Really flavorful. I had made a different recipe a few months ago that was very bland. I’m sticking with this one. It was thick after mashing the potatoes. I loved it!!

  2. This potato soup really is the best! I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I’ve been making this frequently for over a year.

  3. Nice recipes to try! I could give a 5*, but there’s no measurement for all ingredients.

  4. Sounds Delishe I will make this today.

  5. Do you peel the potatoes? I’m going to use petite gold baby potatoes.

  6. It was delicious. That said, I (annoyingly, I know) can’t say I followed the recipe. I didn’t add the milk til the end for concerns it would curdle/separate, and because don’t usually have straight milk on hand, so I used half and half (only 1/2 C total) and used broth for the rest of the liquid volume (which I adjusted up to make it liquidy enough for all my added veggies). It was plenty creamy. The greek yogurt and cheddar cheese are plenty of dairy creaminess on their own. I also added celery (basically a whole bunch) and carrots (around 6-7oz). You could get away with adding more vegetables, like broccoli (towards the end) or greens if you are also interested in nutritional content of your food. Hubby and I are vegetarians and used Morningstar fake bacon (our go-to for bacon) for the bacon. It would be just as good without it, in my humble opinion. I also did not add the 1 tsp salt, as our bouillon (Better Than Bouillon- No Chicken Base) is plenty salty.

  7. Just made this for dinner tonight. Really great recipe! Will definitely save this !

  8. Oh My God! I made this tonight per hubby’s request. He’s been BEGGING for potato soup, and I’m so happy I found this recipe! I was blown away by how delicious it tasted even before adding the cream and cheese (and sans bacon)! The only thing I would change is that I think I’ll add some celery next time. Delicious, delicious, delicious! This blog never disappoints. I shared the recipe with my mom right away!

  9. Your Recipe is a True Winner! Loved it. I may someday Bake some Salmon and add to it! God Bless.

    God Bless, Kimbery Boston

  10. Made it, loved it! I like my soup loaded, so I added extra potatoes and extra meat (ham AND bacon). Because of that, I increased the milk and chicken stock by 1 cup each. I love that this soup is so versatile and you can change it to suit your taste. The flavors blend magnificently! Btw, if you are feeling lazy, you can do two bags of frozen roasted red potatoes but still follow all cook times. No need to thaw, just dump them in!

  11. I have made this recipe hundreds of times and LOVE IT! One quick hack that works just as good is to use frozen diced hash brown potatoes. Tastes just as good and saves time chopping. Enjoy!

  12. This was so so good !!! Quick and easy. Delicious

  13. Ingredients and recipe are great! The only thing I did differently was to take 1/2 of the soup out at the end and use an emulsion blender to really combine all those flavors and thicken it up. Whole family loved it!!!

  14. Made this soup the other night and it was delicious, hubby and I both loved it. Definitely will make it again.

  15. Delicious soup, especially for a lighter version. Very quick too!

  16. It’s May 6…it snowed….Still soup time. I made this recipe for dinner. Absolutely the best I have ever made. Not sure whether it was May Snow or just all those wonderful ingredients married together that made this taste so good. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. I made the recipe as written (which I rarely ever do) – the exception is that I didn’t have broth, so I had to improvise with the equivalent of bullion cubes. My entire family gave it five stars. Great flavor and texture. Really easy and quick to make, and uses ingredients we almost always have on hand.

  18. After Easter I thought I would give making ham stock in the instapot a go and then used some of the stock in this potato soup. Also used leftover baked potatoes. Really great! (and cleaned out my fridge). My 8yo had the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. That’s never happened before. :)

  19. Just finished destroying 2 bowls of this. Super happy with the results. Followed the recipe as closely as I could for the most part. Ended up over mashing the potatoes at the end and it was a little more loose than I intended it to be. So I added a can of mixed veggies to give it a little more texture, let those simmer in. A few dashes of smoked paprika, couple tablespoons of butter… It was exactly what I wanted. Flavorful and filling. Great recipe that I’m sure I’ll make again!

  20. I make this soup often and looked up recipes to for comparison. This one is a really great and simple soup. You would have a tough time making this bad. I mean potato, corn, bacon and onions really just can’t not taste good. I did not and would not use garlic in theis recipe. Garlic has no place in the presence of this soup IMHO. So rich in flavor already and don’t feel like it would help soup and thats a LOT of garlic for this volume of soup. Give me anyred sauce with tons of garlic sure. Just not here. Was excellent.

  21. I make soup every week for my husband, in laws, and sister. This one was the best ever!!! Everyone raves about it and continues to ask for it. I’m making it for the third time in a month and a half!

  22. Fabulous recipe! Will definitely make again. Delicious without the bacon but I did use real bacon bits and scallion as a topping. Good tip noted to use a masher or immersion blender if you like a smoother consistency. Wondering if recipe should include peeling the potatoes or not. Thank you

  23. This is the best soup I have ever eaten in my life.

  24. Very good and easy! I used sour cream and half and half. Added green onion and more shredded cheese and bacon to each bowl.

  25. So good!

  26. I can’t wait to try this recipe!!! I have about 80lbs of potatoes I need to use up, can this soup be frozen??