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Creamy Bacon Potato Soup Recipe #Soupapalooza


Bacon Potato Soup recipe

Winter weather means soup, and even though we, like most of the country, have had a mild winter, we still enjoy something good and  hearty that sticks to your ribs and will keep you warm through a cold night.  For my husband, potato soup is the king of all rich and hearty soups!

This recipe is hearty and filling. The bacon adds a richness to the earthy flavor of the potatoes, and is by no means,  light in calories nor does it make any claims to be a “healthy” soup.  Having said this, I totally recommend you make at least one batch a year to ward off the winter chill when the nights are long.  It’s not an “every day food” but definitely a comfort food!


**I’m SO tickled and honored that my blog is up for an Apartment Therapy’s Homie Award! I’m nominated for my work with Food Photography. I would be SO grateful if you could give me a little vote.  There are many amazing bloggers up for this, so I’m just thrilled to be a part of it!

Soupapalooza 2012

Tomorrow kicks off the 2nd annual Soupapalooza where we celebrate SOUP!! Kristen of Dine and Dish and I along with our sponsors would like to invite YOU to share your favorite soup, stew or chili recipes!!

Update:  Large collection of soup recipes being shared at Soupapalooza (now live)

Be sure to check out Kristen’s Broccoli Cheese Soup and Cottage Cheese Rolls

Click here if you need more information on how to join Soupaplaooza 2012.  There are some fabulous prizes to be won and you have a week to link up your recipes!

I have my napkin all tucked into my shirt and spoon in hand ready to party……Soupapalooza style!

Bacon Potato Soup

Yield: 10-12 servings

Bacon Potato Soup

This soup is a stick-to-your-ribs type meal that is perfect for a cold winter chill.


  • 5 large baking potatoes, cooked and cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped (reserve some for topping)
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. bacon drippings
  • 1 cup sweet onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish


  1. You'll need to start by preparing your potatoes and bacon (be sure to reserve bacon grease)
  2. Using a large stock pot over medium heat, cook onion in bacon drippings, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add garlic and flour, stirring well and cook another 2 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Slowly add chicken broth to onion and garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in potatoes, half-and-half, and next 6 ingredients. Bring to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes (do not boil). Stir in bacon.
  4. Serve hot. Spoon into bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese and bacon.
  5. Share and enjoy!


Pre-baking potatoes: Since this recipe uses potatoes that are already baked, you could toss a few in the oven the night before to bake them ahead of time. Peel the potatoes, halve them and add some butter in the middle, wrap them in aluminum foil tightly and bake at 400°F for 1 hour or until soft. *you can keep baked potatoes in the fridge for up to a week.

Cook bacon using preferred method until crisp. *I like to bake thick cut bacon on a cooling rack over a sheet pan in the oven at 425 for 20 mins. Allow to cool and chop or crumble into small pieces.

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  1. 1

    you know I could use a bowl of that today, it is chilly and that would be perfect!

  2. 2

    Baked Potato Soup has been on my bucket list all winter long. I need to make it soon!!

  3. 3

    Soup is one of my favorites and I love this event that you host! That Bacon Potato Soup looks fantastic and the photos are so pretty, Cheryl.

  4. 4

    That sounds DELICIOUS!!! And so pretty, too! I don’t care if it’s made with half and half, in my mind, soup is always diet food! ;)

  5. 5

    Whoa, this looks evil and delicious!!!

  6. 6

    Oh Cheryl! This soup is as good as it gets! Can’t wait for soupapalooza! I could live off of soup for morning, lunch and dinner!!

  7. 7

    Mmmm, that sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to make it for the kids.

  8. 8

    Yum! My kind of soup!

  9. 9

    Mmmm… Potato soup with bacon. Definitely on my to-make list now. And such beautiful pictures. Can’t wait to see all the yummy soups this week at SoupaPalooza!

  10. 10

    Yay for soup! Can’t wait to party:)

  11. 11

    That opening picture is just stunning! I’m not a big soup-maker so don’t have anything to contribute to your contest but how fun!

  12. 12

    This looks D-lish! I know my husband who is from Galway Ireland would just LOVE this too! You had him at potato! Would love if you’d share this on my linky party going on right now!

    Thanks, Michelle

  13. 13

    It’s funny Cheryl, I was just gawking at these photos and had planned to tell you how beautiful they were,and then I read about your nomination. So deserving! I just voted for you :)

  14. 14

    You and Kristen have set the soup bar very high with your amazing recipes. I cannot wait to see what others bring to the party. :)

    Voted…because your food photography is absolutely brilliant!

  15. 15

    YUM! This looks absolutely fantastic, Cheryl!! Just what I need for lunch today :)

  16. 16

    What a great hearty meal for this time of year. This is a nice way to add flavor by incorporating bacon! Sounds creamy and delicious!

  17. 17

    amazingly similar to my recipe
    only i add leeks, chives and sourcream instead of the cheddar

  18. 18

    That soup looks delicious Cheryl! And congratulations on the nomination! I’m so thrilled for you!

  19. 19

    This looks fabulous. I want to make it for dinner tonight (we’re having a rare, cold and blustery day in Southern California). Yum

  20. 20

    This soup looks so good! I’m loving the potato and bacon (and everything else in it). Lovely shots too!

  21. 21

    I absolutely love potato soup. You just reminded me that I haven’t made it yet this winter! Yours looks so good! :)

  22. 22

    OK, I went to the website to vote, but can’t figure it out…help!

  23. 23

    Yuuummmm!!! That looks delicious!!!! There’s nothing more comforting and satisfying than soup!!!! Looks so yummy! And I love those green dishes!

  24. 24

    I love how the soup turned out. It looks so creamy and perfect.

  25. 25

    Mmm. This soup looks like it warms the soul.

  26. 26

    This sounds and looks soo yummy! I love baked potato soup:)

  27. 27

    Yay! Can’t wait for Soupalooza + this looks amazing!

  28. 28

    Now who wouldn’t want a bowl of that! Looks absolutely delish!

  29. 29

    OH my gosh… this soup is divine.

  30. 30

    OH that’s a hard question, because I really like soup…all types of soup. I would have to say Lobster Bisque.

  31. 31

    sounds sinfully good

  32. 32

    This looks so delish. My husband would love the bacon/potato combo! Yummy! Cn’t wait to try it!

  33. 33

    Great looking soup! and I love the bowls!

  34. 34

    I’m all about soup, it’s definitely my comfort food! I’ll take a bowl of creamy soup almost any time of year.

  35. 35

    Thanks for doing this again. This is such a great resource of new soup recipes to try. Potato soup is one of my favorites, and I will have to give your version a try. Sounds wonderful. I follow you by email and enjoy your blog. Have a great week.

  36. 36

    YUM! This looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  37. 37
    Lindy@itsybitsypaper says:

    I love this recipe. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty’s Day Project Parade.

  38. 38

    Thanks for sharing! The soup looks great!

  39. 39

    This looks soooo good!! I just pinned this on my Pinterest board so I don’t forget to make it!! Thanks for sharing (love your photography. The composition of your photos is wonderful! I wish I had more time to make such beautiful arrangements)

  40. 40

    That sounds like a wonderful recipe!

  41. 41

    Thank you for this recipe! I had to use some salts/powders instead of fresh and milk instead of half and half, but this recipe is to die for! My whole family loved it- including my 2 and 3 year old! It was perfect for the cold day!! THANK YOU!!

  42. 42

    A superb recipe thanks, nice and creamy without being too heavy or rich! Thanks again.


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