I have never in my life made potato soup until this recipe and I was shocked at how good it was. It’s not often that I get a recipe right the first time out the gate. So today I am sharing my Easy Cheesy Bacon Potato Soup.
I had been wanting a good potato soup for weeks before I finally made this. I had looked up a couple of videos, made some mental notes, and then just winged it.
I do not always do well when I wing it and a lot of times it takes a few tries before I get it right. For instance, I tried making spinach artichoke dip about 3 times before I finally got it right and the way I like it.
I like making broth soups and chilis. Like my Chicken Noodle Soup is fantastic, it’s what I’m good at so I pretty much stick to that. However, I really enjoy cream soups and I’ve always failed at making them before.
I think where I went wrong was in cooking the ingredients and then skipping the flour to soak up oil and to help thicken the soup. I used to just add cream or milk to try to thicken the soup which doesn’t work.
Additionally, if you like a thick type of creamy soup a slurry goes a long way. A slurry is super easy to make. It’s basically 1 to 2 parts cornstarch and water. I typically rough estimate it but it’s about 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water. Sometimes I use a bit more water. E
Once you add the slurry to the soup, let it heat up and it will make your soup super creamy without taking away any of the good flavor.
Being Extra With My Soup
I didn’t want just a cream of potato soup, I wanted a loaded potato soup. We don’t typically do sour cream in this house but you could easily add a dollop to the soup and it’d probably taste great.
I use a full package of bacon because it’s a lot of soup. We had leftovers for a couple of days after this soup and it tasted better the second day.
With any soup you can easily add extra ingredients you think would taste great with the soup. Add some chicken chunks if you want to stay away from bacon. You could even take out the bacon and add chicken and sausage to the soup. Corn is a great addition to this soup as well.
Easy Cheesy Bacon Potato Soup
This soup warms your bones and sticks to your ribs. It’s got loads of flavor and will leave you with plenty of leftovers. There are at least 6 servings worth of soup in this recipe.
- 4 Red Potatoes Diced
- 1 onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pkg bacon diced
- 4 tbs flour
- 1 cup of milk of choice
- 1 tsp Dried Chives
- 1 tbsp Oregano
- 1 tbspParsley
- 6 cups chicken broth
- ½ cup shredded cheese of choice
- In a dutch oven (or a soup pot) add a tablespoon of oil and cook your diced bacon over medium high heat until cooked through. Remove the bacon and reduce heat to medium.
- Add your potatoes to the bacon grease that is left over and cook until they start to tenderize.
- Add your onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until your potatoes are soft. Take a masher and roughly mash the potatoes until you have small pea size pieces.
- Add flour and seasoning and mix and cook for about 3 minutes stirring the entire time. Add 6 cups of chicken broth and your 1 cup of milk. Turn heat down to a medium low and let the soup cook for about 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes check the consistency of the soup. If you like your cream soups to be thicker add a slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch with 1 tbsp water mixed till cornstarch is dissolved) to the soup to make it thicker.
- Add back the bacon and add the cheese and mix until melted. Serve with cheese, extra bacon, sour cream, or chives.
Potato Soup with Cheese and Bacon
I was pleasantly surprised by how great this soup turned out. My son even ate some and he’s a super picky eater. Nothing makes a mom feel great than having their picky eater love a made from scratch dish.
I hope you love this soup as much as my family did. If you want to load up on carbs, a good crusty bread would be delicious with this soup as well. If you aren’t one for adding extra cheese or toppings, crushed crackers can work too.
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