Creamy Bacon Potato Soup Recipe

Creamy Bacon Potato Soup is a quick 30-minute recipe that will become a family favorite. This soup recipe is hearty, filling and absolutely delicious. The bacon adds a richness to the earthy flavor of the potatoes that is sure to ward off any winter chill.  Load it up with all your favorite toppings for the ultimate in comfort food!

We enjoy easy soups all year long, like Easy Roasted Tomato Soup, Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup, and BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup. All hearty enough for a main dish, paired with No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread and a Simple Italian Salad.

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Comfort Bacon Potato Soup

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 “everyday food” but definitely comfort food!

thick, creamy, hearty Bacon Potato Soup topped with cheese

 

Homemade Creamy Bacon Potato Soup

This creamy potato soup is comfort food at its finest and so easy to throw together. Just see for yourself how easy it is to make one of our favorite recipes!

INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST THE BEST POTATO SOUP

  • baking potatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • thick-cut bacon
  • chopped sweet onions
  • garlic
  • all-purpose flour
  • chicken broth
  • half and half
  • celery
  • fresh parsley and dried basil
  • hot sauce
  • shredded cheddar cheese 

 

HOW TO MAKE THE EASIEST CREAMY POTATO SOUP FROM SCRATCH

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

  1. Boil potatoes, drain and set aside. 
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crispy and transfer to a plate, reserving 2-3 tablespoons of bacon grease and drippings.
  3. Saute the onion in bacon drippings, stirring frequently. Add garlic and flour, stirring well and cook another 2 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Slowly whisk some chicken broth into 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 (save some for topping if you’d like).
  5. Serve hot. Spoon into bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese and bacon.

hearty Bacon Potato Soup

WHAT TOPPINGS ARE GOOD ON BACON POTATO SOUP?

Pile on the toppings! Just like a baked potato, you can top your potato soup with your favorite toppings! Here are some options:

  • Bacon Pieces
  • Shredded Cheddar or Jack Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Cooked Broccoli
  • Cooked or Grilled Corn
  • Chopped Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Diced Avocado
  • Croutons or crackers
  • Green onion or chives

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Creamy Bacon Potato Soup

Creamy Bacon Potato Soup

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This soup recipe is hearty, filling and absolutely delicious. The bacon adds a richness to the earthy flavor of the potatoes that is sure to ward off any winter chill.  Load it up with all your favorite toppings for the ultimate in comfort food!

Ingredients

  • 5 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces (reserve 2-3 tablespoons of 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

Instructions

    1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover completely with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer for about 8-10 minutes or until potatoes pierce easily with a knife then drain. 
    2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a dutch oven until crispy then transfer to a plate, reserving 2-3 tablespoons of bacon grease and drippings.
    3. Saute onion in bacon drippings, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add garlic and flour, stirring well and cook another 2 minutes, stirring often.
    4. Slowly whisk the chicken broth into onion and garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in drained potatoes, half-and-half, and next 6 ingredients. Bring to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes (do not boil). Stir in bacon (save some for topping if you'd like).
    5. Serve hot. Spoon into bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese and bacon.
    6. Share and enjoy!

Notes

  • 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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 1161mg Carbohydrates: 45g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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