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Creamy Potato Soup

December 23, 2019 (Last Updated: August 2, 2020)

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Creamy potato soup is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. This soup is easy to make and is made in just one pot! Filled with bits of bacon and chunks of potato all wrapped in a creamy goodness. 

A bowl of creamy soup with potatoes and topped with bacon and green onions.

There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of homemade soup. This creamy potato soup is filled with potatoes, carrots, onions and topped with bacon! 

Not all potato soup recipes include carrots, but I’ve included them in this recipe. Carrots add extra nutrition and flavor. They really add a sweetness and a delicious taste to the soup.

When adding carrots, be sure to use a full sized carrot, not the pre-cut baby carrots. A full sized carrot has much more flavor than the baby carrots. 

A spoonful of soup filled with potatoes.

 

What type of potatoes are used in this soup?

I used russet potatoes in this soup. You could also use a red potato or a yukon gold potato. Any of these types of potatoes will work. Keep in mind, the cooking time for each type of potato will vary. 

What ingredients do I need to make creamy potato soup?

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Milk
  • Half and Half or cream
  • Green onions and parsley for garnish

How do I make potato soup?

  1. Begin by cooking up chopped bacon in a soup pot. Remove cooked bacon and leave the bacon grease in pan. Cooked bacon bits in a pan.
  2. Add chopped onions, celery and carrot Chopped onions, celery and carrots in a stock pot.
  3. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are soft (5-10 minutes). Add garlicCooked vegetables in a soup pot.
  4. Mix in  flour and saute an additional 3-5 minutes. Cooked carrots, celery and onions coated with flour.
  5. Add chicken broth and cut potatoes. Simmer on medium low heat until potatoes are cooked through.
  6. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Stir in milk and halt and half. Stir until heated through. 
  8. Serve with reserved bacon bits, chopped chives and fresh parsley. 

Can I make this soup ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this soup ahead of time. Just cook all the way through, cool soup and then cover and refrigerate. Reheat over low heat, stirring often to avoid scorching. Add additional milk if soup is too thick.

Can I freeze this soup?

This soup does not freeze well. It is best eaten fresh or refrigerated and then reheated. 

Tips for making potato soup

  • Cut potatoes in uniform size. 
  • Make certain potatoes are fully cooked before adding milk. 
  • Use the best chicken broth available. It is the base for your soup and you want a good quality broth. 
  • When adding salt start with a small amount and add more as needed. I use my homemade chicken broth that is unsalted and may need to add more salt than a store bought broth. Always taste and add more as needed. 
  • Add additional milk if soup is too thick.
  • Soup can be made with just milk and no half and half cream if desired. 

Potato Soup topped with bacon bits, fresh chopped onions and parsley.

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A bowl of creamy soup with potatoes and topped with bacon and green onions.

Creamy Potato Soup

Kathy
Delicious potato soup with chunks of potatoes and topped with bacon bits.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 296 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 slices bacon (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half

Instructions
 

  • Begin by cooking up chopped bacon in a soup pot. Remove cooked bacon and leave the bacon grease in pan.
  • Add chopped onions, celery and carrot and saute until soft.
  • Add garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add flour to mixture and saute an additional 3-5 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth and cut potatoes. Simmer on medium low heat until potatoes are cooked through.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in milk and halt and half. Stir until heated through. 
  • Serve with reserved bacon bits, chopped chives and fresh parsley.  

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Notes

Tips for making potato soup

  • Use a full sized carrot, not the pre-cut baby carrots. A full sized carrot has much more flavor than the baby carrots. 
  • Cut potatoes in uniform size. 
  • Make certain potatoes are fully cooked before adding milk. 
  • Use the best chicken broth available. It is the base for your soup and you want a good quality broth. 
  • When adding salt start with a small amount and add more as needed. I use my homemade chicken broth that is unsalted and may need to add more salt than a store bought broth. Always taste and add more as needed. 
  • Add additional milk if soup is too thick.
  • Soup can be made with just milk and no half and half cream if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 11gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1149mgPotassium: 951mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1967IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Creamy Potato Soup, Potoato Soup
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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    December 31, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    5 stars
    You are so right, Kathy, there is nothing better than a homemade bowl of soup, and this one is amazing! 🙂 Valentina

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 30, 2019 at 5:37 am

    5 stars
    Your timing is perfect here, Kathy! We’re heading into full-fledged soup season, and I love a good hearty soup like this. The toppings are key. And I’m intrigued by that bit of carrot in here, too. I’ll have to try that next time I make a batch!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 30, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Soup is perfect this time of the year!

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