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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.


Ingredients

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  • 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. Tonight is the 2nd time I’m making potato soup with this recipe. Me and BF love it. It’s so good. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  2. This soup is delicious! We loved it.

  3. Made this for the first time today. Wasn’t sure to keep skin on potatoes but Yukons have thin skin so I kept and it was great. As other suggested I added a dash of bay seasoning and it was just the thing to take it to the next level. 12 y/o son and husband really liked it as well. Easy cold weather recipe. Will be making again :)

  4. Great tasting soup…..how many calories in a serving?

  5. Overall this was a really good recipe. We made very few modifications so the base recipe is very good. Highly recommend to add green onions and extra sour cream at the end. And also to modify your recipe liquid depending on how many potatoes you have. Very good recipe!

  6. So delicious!! The sour cream gives it a perfect hint of tanginess. Easy to follow recipe and turned out great. Definitely will make again. Creamy and decadent, but not heavy.

  7. All time favorite potato soup recipe, right here. Thanks for this one, Ali!

  8. I’m going to make this potato soup tonight and eat it tomorrow night, the soup will have lots of flavour.

  9. This was amazing soup. Very creamy, easy to make. The prep took most of the time. I topped the soup with diced scallions, bacon and cheddar cheese. My husband loved it.

  10. I love this recipe, about the thickening choices, my daughter told me she was in a pinch ad used instant mashed potato flakes and it worked so well she keeps it on hand just to use to thicken soups and stews.

  11. This is the best potato soup I’ve ever had. What makes it better is if you use your home garden-grown Yukon Gold potatoes! The only change I made was adding chopped celery since last summer’s celery crop was so plentiful and I have plenty in the vegetable freezer.

  12. Just made your potato soup recipe. Followed it as written. It is perfect. Will be taking it for lunch tonight. Will brighten up the night shift.

  13. So good! I made it vegetarian and served with shredded cheddar, chives, and crispy fried onions. The whole family loved it! Thank you!

  14. This is worth 500 stars. Delicious and easy – definitely going in my dinner rotation.

  15. Very nice potato soup I made it it a little less fattening. I did not add sour cream or cheese. Instead of cow milk I used light coconut milk. I also used Zartar seasoning and it turned out amazing.

  16. I’m 70 years old ever since I was a child growing up in the ozarks during cold winter days our family has looked forward to my mother making her famous Potato soup. I have tried to find the recipe that my mother used with no luck. I accidentally ran across this while looking for something to do with Potatoes that a friend of mine had given me. This is even better than my mothers soup. To make sure ,I sent the recipe to my daughter for validation and she agreed. It is easy to make and it doesn’t take that long to make.

  17. This family loves this soup.. ❤️

  18. Looking for great Recipes to share & make with Family.

  19. Love this soup! My 7 year old said “mom, please never lose this recipe so I can make it when I grow up!”

    Question: can I make it ahead and leave it on the stove on low for a couple hours? Wanting to make for guests, but want to visit before we eat. Just want to make sure it will not affect the consistency.

  20. Kind of bland. I added red pepper flakes which made it better.

  21. I love how easy this recipe is to make besides the deliciousness. I’ve made this so many times already and I wouldn’t change a thing. I would like to see the nutritional information if possible. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  22. I am Allergic to onions what can I use instead of onions. This this recipe looks like something I would really like to have. But I can’t eat onions

    • Use a few celery sticks, and a shredded carrot, along with the garlic the last couple minutes of sauté.

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  24. My go to recipe, with minor changes.
    I cut the bacon slices up with scissors into my cast iron enamel pot. Then when the bacon is cooked I remove most of the grease and then add the ingredients. I change out the potatoes for a bag of frozen hash browns (less work!), and half a bar of softened cream cheese instead of the sour cream. I also add in some velveeta cheese for flavor. Goes great with crusty French bread

  25. I added left over mashed potatoes to help thicken the both and used cornstarch instead of flour.

  26. Right now I am walking to my dumpster with the soup and pot. Both are going in. The recipe was confusing and I wasted a lot of money on ingredients. First recipe that did not work for me. Sorry!

  27. This is the best potato soup I ever tried. I didn’t have bacon, but did have some tiny diced ham and that was perfect. Used red potatoes instead of Yukon, but just added a sweeter taste. Left out cheese, but did use sour cream. Yummy soup I had hoped would make leftovers, but everyone went back for more!

  28. This was very delicious. It really is the best potato soup I have ever had. Thank you.
    Kathy H.

  29. Could I use heavy cream instead of Greek yogurt/sour cream?

  30. Turned out delicious! I used margarine instead of bacon grease or butter, used Colby jack cheese. Also added some carrots and peas. Yum!

  31. This is creamy, wonderful flavor and texture. I used sour cream.. so easy to make. It immediately became a family favorite. Best potato soup recipe I’ve ever tried.

  32. Made it vegetarian and was delicious. I did add thyme , parsley and carrots and celery. I always add stuff its just my way. Used plant based sour cream and was really good as well. A keeper!!!

  33. This soup is very yummy! My husband and I both enjoyed it and it’s super easy to make.

  34. Simple question: when dicing the potatoes, should they be boiled or baked already, or raw?

  35. I made this tonight and it was amazing!! Did not realize I didn’t have bacon (I know that’s a sin here in the south lol), but I used the Kinder’s Butcher All Purpose seasoning and it added a great flavor without the spice like the Cajun. My sick husband loved it!