Creamy Potato Bacon Soup

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Creamy Potato Bacon Soup

It is finally FALL…which means soups!! And one of the first soups I think of is Creamy Potato Bacon Soup. I’m so excited to be pulling out the soup recipes (even though here in AZ our temps are still in the 90’s…I won’t even go into that though!) Growing up in Idaho made me grow to LOVE potatoes. I didn’t always like potatoes but now I will eat a potato in any form. This soup is one of my favorites! It is super creamy and is as flavorful as a loaded baked potato.

Potato Bacon Soup Recipe

What Is Potato Soup without Potatoes

I feel bad for potatoes. They get a bad rap from a lot of the “food community.” and really for no reason. Potatoes are super healthyย and completely whole–no preservatives. Sure they may have some starch but in my opinion, they are healthy and great for you. Just some potato nutrients for you: 1 medium potato only has 163 calories, 897 mg of potassium, 37 g of carbs and 4.3 g of protein. Not to mention 70% of your needed vitamin C plus a whole lot of other goodness (and yumminess)!

Creamy Potato Soup Recipe with Bacon

Potatoes usually get the bad image because of everything you put on them but there are lots of ways to keep them healthy while adding flavor. Traditional potato soups call for heavy cream and butter together.ย We instead removed the butter and useย half and half instead of heavy cream, and you can also easily use turkey bacon (a favorite in our house) or some other lean meat.

Bacon Potato Soup

What Is The Verdict on Creamy Potato Bacon Soup?

This recipe is a crowd pleaser…even my 3 year old couldn’t put his spoon down. This is actually our most popular post to date on Red Apron Girl. We get rave reviews every week from readers who tried it out for dinner. We are so glad that one of our favorite recipes has turned into a family favorite for many people. If you have any questions while making it leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Enjoy!… oh and for added fun It is great in a bread bowl.

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Creamy Potato Soup Recipe

4.6 from 28 reviews
Creamy Potato Bacon Soup
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 lb bacon. chopped and cooked
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces (about ¼ inch pieces)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • ½ cup half and half (can use heavy cream)
  • green onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Boil potatoes in a large pot until fork tender
  2. While potatoes are boiling, saute onion for about 8 minutes. Add garlic and continue to saute for a couple more minutes
  3. Add flour and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Slowly add in 1 cup chicken broth while scraping side of pan.
  5. Add in remaining chicken broth and simmer.
  6. Add cheese into soup until melted.
  7. Once potatoes are done,drain and rough mash with potato masher.
  8. Add potatoes to cheese and soup mixture.
  9. Add half and half and salt and pepper to taste
  10. Let cook for about 5 minutes.
  11. Serve and top with bacon, green onions, and grated cheese
If you want a really creamy soup without lumps, you can easily blend the potatoes in a blender to make sure there are no chunks.

93 Responses

  1. i tried this recipe today for lunch and followed the recipe to the letter. Very simple instructions and not a lot to it. The result of following this recipe in one word; crap! It was awful! Not even worth trying to fix it. So save your money and time and look at a different soup recipe because this was not even worth reading this person’s stupid monolog about potatoes!!!!

    • Sorry this recipe wasn’t what you expected. Thank you, though, for letting us know. If you do think of a way you would change it or a specific flaw we can target let us know. It helps us move forward with our recipe development. We are always looking for great twists on recipes.

    • I have been racking my brain at what I left out to make this soup so disappointing for you. Another reader pointed out I forgot to mention you drain the water off the potatoes…I’m not sure if that is maybe what happened but I have updated the recipe. I am so sorry this was not a great experience for you. If you can think of anything we can try to fix it, please let us know!

      • Karissa, I’ve made this soup multiple times. My family loves it. My daughter is home from college and it’s the first thing she asked me to make for her. I simple tweak it to fit my family. Great recipe!!

        • Your daughter and I would get along great! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad to hear you have tailored it to fit your family! That is one of our main goals with this blog! Happy Holidays!!!

      • I have no idea how it could have not turn out great. I made it with some changes in proportions and also used a bit of cauliflower that I had left and a little bit of this and that (fresh parsley, paprika, a bit of white wine and a bit of nutmeg), I also skipped cream altogether, it turned out awesome, just like I imagined it would. Enjoying it now, thank you for sharing!

    • Sharon

      Not sure what you did wrong. This soup is delicious! Cooked the onions in the bacon grease. Yum!

  2. Am I supposed to drain potatoes before mashing?

    • Yes, you will want to drain the water off. Almost like you are making mashed potatoes. Thank you for asking–I updated the recipe. We hope you like it!

  3. I totally disagree. The soup is delicious and I would totally make it again. The step by step directions are simple and easy to follow. I love all of your recipes and your blog. Thank you for making cooking a joy for me.

  4. This recipe was awesome! I only made one change to lesson the chicken flavor from the broth by only doing three cups of it and then a cup and a half of half and half. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thank you so much!! I am going to have to try your change! That sounds amazing!

  5. Britainy

    I think the recipe is great. I did make a couple additions/substitutions. Keep in my I hardly ever follow a recipe exactly. 1) I did not see where it mention what to sautรฉ the onions in so I used evoo. (Maybe the bacon grease? I had already drained it so I had to improvise) 2) I wanted the soup to have the bacon in it so instead of just garnishing with it I added most of it the the soup. 3) I also added broccoli; goes against the recipe name and idea but I had brocc and it’s yummy with all these ingredients . . . so there you go ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s yummy and I can’t wait to make it again. Thank you for pining it!

    • I never even thought of broccoli. That is definitely something I am going to have to try especially since my husband LOVES broccoli. Thank you!

  6. I made this for dinner tonight, fast and had all the ingredients on hand. It was good. Only thing I did different was added salt and pepper. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Thank you for pointing out we forgot to add salt and pepper to the instructions. Oops. We are glad you like it!

  7. This soup was wonderful. Perfect for my girlfriend and I, who have just caught our first colds of the winter. “Salt and pepper to taste” is a key factor. We took our first bite and it was just okay. Then we added a little salt and pepper and it was great. Thanks for the recipe!

    • I am so sorry about the colds ๐Ÿ™ It seems that season has hit with vengeance. We realized we forgot to add the salt and pepper to the instruction list and have corrected that. Thank you for letting us know and good luck with the colds.

  8. I just made this for dinner tonight and I couldn’t even wait till then….it was amazing so yummy….I’m really proud of how it came out….thanks so much for the recipe

    • That is exactly how I feel whenever I make it…I think I have a bowl before it is even time for dinner because I can’t wait. Glad you liked it!

  9. Amazing I love this soup it is so delicious and I would make it again in a heartbeat

  10. What kind of cheese is best recommended?

    • I usually use Colby jack because that is what I have on hand, but I have tried it with several others and it seems to work with whatever you want. Experiment and let us know your favorite.

  11. Margaret

    I made this for my 91 year old mother for lunch today and we both loved it! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed it. This is definitely one of our favorite winter recipes.

  12. I made this recipe tonight, and my husband and I loved it. I sautรฉed the garlic in 2 tablespoons butter and used 1 teaspoon of onion power since we don’t care for onions. I also used 4 ounces of cubed low fat cream cheese in place of the shredded cheese, and I also added a little shredded swiss cheese that needed to be used up, probably 1/4 of cup. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out great. We topped with it some 2% shredded cheddar cheese, some low-fat sour cream, and some crumbled bacon.

  13. Christine

    have you tried anything to substitute the half and half? Live out of town and don’t have any on hand but would like to try this recipie tomorrow. Thanks!

    • I have used regular milk and it has turned out great still. It just won’t be quite as creamy but will still taste great! Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

  14. This is on my stove as I type

  15. I’m not an expert or anything but this recipe is THE BEST. Sooooo gooood, my family loved it & keep asking for it! Also I love that it is so simple, makes it that much better!! Thank you!!

  16. Maybe I’m overlooking it but when should I add the half and half?

    • Hi Desiree! If you look at the recipe it is step #9. I like to add it after the cheese has started to melt. Good luck and let us know how you like it!

  17. I followed the recipe exactly and this was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Rhyanne

    I tried this tonight. And family was impresses. Thumbs up. Saving recipe and will be making this again… and again… thanks!

  19. delicious!!! Made this last night–my husband & I literally cleaned the bowls–twice!!! I’ve tried a dozen potato soups & they were failures but this one was perfect for my taste!! Wouldn’t change a thing. Adding it to our monthly rotation for sure!!

    • I am so glad to hear it! My husband is a soup lover and this is one of his (and my) favorites as well.

  20. Ok number one love the fact your from my home state!!! Yayyyy!!! And I have to say this soup is golden!!!! There are always different things you can add/take away to any recipe, but let’s be adults and not nasty. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Wahoo another Idahoan! Is there anywhere better? I would say no ???? So glad you loved our recipe, it is definitely a favorite.

  21. Great recipe and easy to follow but why did mine not thicken? ๐Ÿ™

    • Karissa

      I’m not for sure why yours didn’t thicken. What kind of milk did you use? I’ve never had mine not thicken.

  22. Just made this today for my husband’s grandparents…perfect for the day as the weather is just turning colder. Loved all of this! Modifications I made…added three chicken bouillon cubes into the chicken broth while simmering, used frozen cubed hash brown potatoes (thawed), and added a touch of sour cream at the end for more creaminess. Thanks for sharing this recipe ~ a lovely treat.

    • Karissa

      We are so glad you liked it and I love your modifications, especially the sour cream. Can you ever go wrong with sour cream? I think not.

  23. Hi Karissa,
    I just wanted to let you know that after having the photo of the bowl of soup pop up on my phone, I had a hankering for the soup so I made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    The instructions were not always clear, I had to re-read the ingredients and instructions a few times to make sure I was making the soup correctly. For instance, I had to ask what I was supposed to saute the onions and garlic in. I used the bacon fat since I would have had to make that first, which is what I think you intended. I also did not chop up and boil my potatoes. I scored the middle of the potatoes and boiled them with skin on making the skin peel off really easily then I chopped the potatoes after they were cooked. We liked the chunkier potatoes. I accidentally dumped a bunch of pepper (but made it perfect) and I didn’t have any dried dill so I added thyme. I added all the bacon to the soup and left extra for garnish. In all, the base recipe was fabulous and we all very much enjoyed it. I too topped it off with sour cream and that not only helped to cool down the soup, but added a lot more flavor as well. Thank you!

    • I’m so sorry it was a little confusing. I’ll go back and see if I can add a few things. I’ve never tried thyme or dill, sounds like a fun twist though. Glad you liked the recipe over all.

  24. oh oops! I forgot to rate the recipe!

  25. Love this recipe! I made it twice in the same week after I discovered it. & I am making it again tonight. I found that putting an extra cup of cheese in it gives it just the little extra flavor it needed. So good! Thanks for posting this recipe!

  26. This recipe was amazing very simple to make and my whole family loved it even my 1 year old daughter

    • We just had this for dinner the other night and my one year old love it too. She ate 3 bowls! Our daughters must have great taste (smile) I am so glad it worked well for your family.

  27. Do you have any info on how many calories per serving and serving size?

    • Karissa

      I have no clue…and I’m a little scared to know ๐Ÿ™‚ There are a lot of nutritional calculators out there though. I would guess the serving size would be 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups.

  28. Hi,
    What am I adding the flour to? The potatoes?

    • Karissa

      The flour is added to the sauteed onion and garlic mixture.

  29. Kirsten

    This may be a silly question, but how many potatoes = 3 pounds? Is there a certain type of potato I should be using? Looking forward to making this for dinner tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karissa

      Definitely not a silly question. I like to cook with Russet potatoes when I can (I guess I’m just partial because of being from Idaho). I feel they have the best flavor. If you find big “baking” potatoes (like at Costco) it is usually about 1 1/2 potatoes to get 1 lb. If they are the smaller potatoes then it is usually 2 ish potatoes for a pound. It doesn’t have to be exact though. Good Luck and make sure to let us know what you think!!

  30. I forgot to let you know, the soup turned out amazing! Definitely a new favourite in our house! Thanks so much for sharing, and for answering my questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Can this recipe be adopted for a crock pot?

    • I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why it couldn’t be. I think I would try to do it all similar as far as the saute onions and then add those, the potatoes and the chicken broth to the crock pot to cook (until potatoes are tender 4 hours on high maybe). Then mash the potatoes and add the cheese and half and half….but I haven’t tried it so if you do it let me know how it turns out or what you did! I think the crock pot would be a great idea!!!

  32. Just made at it have to say my girlfriend and I loved it. Thank you very much

  33. Was looking for a potato soup recipe and stumbled upon this one. I read the comments both negative and positive, looking at the recipe I knew it would be a great easy and quick meal. My wife and sons absolutely loved it, the soup was amazing. I prepare most of the meals for my household and tend to adopt and tweak recipes I find to make my them my own the only thing I did was use the bacon in the soup and prepared extra for garnish. Soup was amazing and simple GREAT COMFORT FOOD.

    • I’m so glad you liked this recipe! I actually just started putting the bacon in the soup as well and it definitely bumped it up even more!! Comfort food is my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. This was very easy and my family loved it!

  35. This soup was great! Eating right now :). I did season with salt, pepper, and pinch of thyme and cayenne. Actually now the best potato soup recipe I have tried. Pay no attention to those negative reviews! Use your judgement and season as you like. You won’t be disappointed.

  36. I used this recipe for my first time making homemade potato soup and it turned out great! Plus, my husband loved it and has requested it again. Easy to follow, very creamy (we like ours with small clumps), and not very time consuming. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    • We are so glad it was a hit! I LOVE it with small clumps as well. Thank you for the feedback!

  37. Hi, I’m thinking of making this recipe tonight. I was wondering if I could maybe mash half the potatoes and leave the rest as is?

    • You can definitely do that. I actually do a really rough mash (like use the masher a couple times). It makes it a not as creamy but I like the chunks. Let us know what you do!

  38. Great soup! I will be adding it to a list of great soups to try on my new blog. Honestly I love to double up on the ๐Ÿ˜‰. Thanks for this.

  39. elaine gonzalez

    I would def add carrots and celery to the soup to give the broth more flavor . Once the soup is competely finished i would remove about 1/4 to 1/2 of the soup along with poatoes and veg and add it to a blender and mix it back in with the rest of the soup. It brings out all of the flavors of the onions , garlic, potatoes and carrots and makes the soup extremely creamy

    • elaine gonzalez

      I know it says to blend the whole soup in the small print for a creamy soup but to keep some texture i recommend no more then half but you still get the creaminess.

    • That is a great idea. I unfortunately have some very particular kids and they love the potato and bacon flavor (not so much carrots and celery). Isn’t that the great thing about recipes though…they are just a start and we can change and create how ever we want! Thanks for the feedback!

  40. Hi, I haven’t used this recipe, but I’m sure it is great. It reminds me of when my kids were little, and our budget was tight..I would make very plain potatoe soup, with minced onion, butter, and for extra flavor, I would add a can of minced clams..served with oyster crackers..My family loved it..Thrifty and tasty..

  41. Heather

    Yum! Enjoyed this recipe! I cooked the onion and garlic in the bacon grease.. And added cream cheese to the potatos when i mashed them. Oh ya, used milk instead of cream.. And less bacon bc i only had 4 slices. Lol. Pureed it all bc my hubby just got his wisdom teeth out. He had 2 bowls and bragged to his family how good it was. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Heather

    Btw I added my version and it to my fitness pal.. 6 serving, 250 calories per serving.

    • Karissa

      Hey that is better than I was thinking it would be (I use milk a lot of times as well). Thanks for sharing!

  43. Summer

    Made this tonight for dinner, and followed everything in the recipe. It was way to much garlic for me, and I usually like garlic. It was all you could taste. Would make again but a lot less garlic added.

  44. Stephanie Carter

    I looked at a dozen recipes before settling on your recipe, then I saw Heather’s review. I hate for you that her review is the first one people see. I’ll admit it almost drove me away but luckily I read more reviews than just hers.

    I made this for my family a few weeks ago and they RAVED about it. My father said it was the best potato soup he’s ever eaten, my son who hates soup loved it as did my husband. I did alter it slightly, left out the garlic, husband hates it. You didn’t specify what to saute the onions in so I used 1/2 stick of real butter and I added the bacon directly to the soup as well as a garnish. My husband said the only thing it lacked was more bacon so I will be adding a lot more bacon when I cook it again tonight.

  45. This was a huge hit — the entire pot was gone!
    A few alterations I made:
    -saute the onion in 1 tbsp olive oil.
    -i didn’t have heavy cream, but i did have some sour cream. so i mixed about a half cup of sour cream with half cup of 2% milk.
    -make sure to add seasoning! i added 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp celery salt, and 1 tsp pepper. might have been more of all those, but about that much. potatoes need a lot of salt to bring out their flavor!

    thanks for the recipe!

  46. Hi Karissa,

    I can’t wait to make this tonight! My guy requested bacon potato soup a few days ago so it was off to Pinterest I went and your recipe sucked me in. =) I just went to the store and can hardly wait for dinnertime now!

    Thanks for sharing!


  47. Hi I made this tonight and its delicious!!! We made a lot and have left overs- can it be reheated? Xx

    • Absolutely! You made need to add a little extra liquid if it is too thick but it is great as leftovers or I love to freeze it in 1 cup portions and my husband can take it for work.

  48. Sharon Fradkin

    Can this be frozen to thaw and eat later?

    • Absolutely. It makes great leftovers. You may need to add a little more liquid to thin it down a little bit. But we love it as frozen.

  49. Delish!!! Thank you!
    Recipe was easy to follow and I had most of the ingredients in my house already.

  50. Sharon Fradkin

    Made this today. Even my son, who is a really picky eater liked it. My daughter and my husband raved about it. Thanks for a great recipe.

  51. Yuuummmy! My husband & I really enjoyed this soup. This being the first time I ever made or tried potato soup, I was excited that it came out so good. This is for sure a keeper for the cold season. Thanks so much.

  52. We are making this soup for the second time in a month! It is delish! Thank you so much!!

  53. I made this soup last night and it was delicious. Very filling. The only thing I would do differently next time is run the potatoes through a blender as noted. I am picky about texture.

  54. Oh, and I would also add bacon to the soup in addition to the garnish. I topped it with chives…Yum!

  55. I just made this recipe and it is SO good! I didn’t have enough chicken stock so I used half chicken stock, half beef stock. I sauteed the onions (I used red because this is what I have) and garlic in extra virgin olive oil. I also added 1/2 a can of cream of chicken to the broth — to make up for the beef flavor I used. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also used my emersion blender for the creamy/chunky potato effect. I added all the bacon to the soup. Two thumbs up from everyone in my household!!! Thank you!

    • Karissa

      So glad you liked it! We may or may use all the bacon plus some in our household ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Smashing recipe. Loved it! Also fried onion / garlic in the bacon fat for extra flavour which worked really well. Thanks!

  57. Jimmy Patterson

    I really like the soup. it was very easy to fall the recipe and it taste very good. I wish I had not put the salt to taste in until after everything was done. The only negative I can say I wish it was a little salty probably from the bacon and cheese. I only added about a half teaspoon to the pot. I would suggest letting it cook and tasting for saltiness and add more if you need it. Thank you for this recipe, I have been looking for a good recipe and I now have one! I only added about a half teaspoon to the pot while cooking. I would suggest waiting until it’s done and tasting before adding any additional salt.