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Hearty Potato Soup Recipe

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Potatoes and vegetables are simmered in chicken broth and then enriched with the addition of butter and cream in this delightful Potato Soup recipe. The result is a robust, creamy soup that is both hearty and delicious. Top it with Cheddar cheese and bacon bits and serve it alongside some warm crusty bread for the ultimate comfort food experience. It is the perfect comforting companion on cold winter nights.

Bowl of potato soup topped with bacon, cheese, and chives with loaf of bread.

Let’s look at how to make this delicious soup, shall we?

Ingredients

For this comforting soup recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Potatoes (I usually use russet potatoes.)
  • Sweet onions or yellow onions
  • Celery
  • Green onions
  • Carrots (I like to use carrot matchsticks.)
  • Chicken broth
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dried basil
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Butter
  • Heavy whipping cream

Garnish

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
Bacon, butter, celery, green onions, potatoes, carrots and spices.

How To Make Potato Soup

Begin by frying bacon in a large pot.  I like to cook the bacon so that it is a little bit crisp yet still pliable.

Four bacon slices cooking in a large pot.

While the bacon is cooking, start preparing the vegetables by washing and slicing the green onions and celery. My family does not like the texture of celery, so we leave it rather large so that we can easily find it and remove it from the soup later.

Celery and chives chopped on a cutting board.

Remove the bacon from the pot, but leave the drippings in to help flavor the soup. At this point, I like to break the bacon into pieces and place it in the refrigerator. It will be used to garnish the soup.

Dice the onions, and slice the potatoes into small chunks.

Layer it all in a large chili or soup pot. When I say large, I mean HUGE.

Pot filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and spices.

On top of the vegetables, pour chicken broth and then add some hot sauce and spices.

Bring it to a simmer and then cover the soup and let it cook for a couple of hours.

After the soup has simmered for a couple of hours, remove the celery stalks.

Add the stick of butter and heavy whipping cream and allow to simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

To thicken it, carefully place an immersion blender in the pot and puree a small amount. (Note:  while immersion blenders can be used in nonstick cookware, do not allow them to touch the bottom.)  You could alternatively scoop out some of the hot soup and puree it in a blender.

Pureed potato soup in a pot.

Ladle pureed soup into bowls and garnish each bowl of soup with cheese, bacon bits, green onions, and sour cream if desired.

Potato soup topped with cheese, bacon, and chopped chives.

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Bowl of potato soup topped with bacon, cheese, and chives with loaf of bread.

Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

This recipe for Potato Soup will feed a large crowd of cold, hungry people. Make a batch and serve with some warm, crusty bread for a soul-satisfying meal.
4.94 from 33 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 560kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 5 pounds potatoes
  • 2 sweet onions
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 bag carrot matchsticks
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 5 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Garnish

  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream

Instructions

  • In Large Chili pot, cook bacon until brown and crisp. Remove from pot and allow to drain on paper towels. Once bacon has cooled, break or cut into pieces and refrigerate. .
  • While bacon cooks, peel potatoes and then cut into small cubes, about 1/2 inch in size. Dice onions and trim edges off of celery. Rinse green onions and cut off the roots and top 1-2 inches. Chop into small pieces about 1/8 inch long. Reserve and refrigerate ½ cup for garnish.
  • Once bacon has finished cooking, on top of bacon drippings add potatoes, bag of carrots, onions, celery, and green onions. Add chicken broth to pot. Add spices and hot sauce and bring pot to low boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 1 ½ hours.
  • After the soup has simmered, remove celery stalks. Add the stick of butter and heavy whipping cream and allow to simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender, carefully puree soup mixture for a few seconds – until it has a creamy texture and appearance.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cheese, bacon, green onions, and sour cream if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1173mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1509IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 304mg | Iron: 1mg
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Bowl of potato soup topped with bacon, cheese, and chives with loaf of bread.

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211 Comments

  1. Here’s an item I like from their collection: Nonstick Roaster with Lid – 5.3 qt (8.3 x 13″) that sells for $199.95.

  2. 4 stars
    The potato soup or my chili is what I would make first in the large Chili Pot. Probably the chili!! The square pan would be perfect for my Spanish Rice!

    I like the Nonstick Braiser – 7.2 qt on Swiss Diamond’s web page. I really need a new pot and this would work beautifully!

  3. I would start by making potato soup. Please do not be offended, but I would use my mother’s recipe. She’s made this for me all my life and it’s my #1 comfort food. it’s time I started making it myself.

  4. 5 stars
    In the Large Chili pot – what else? Chili of course. There is nothing more soothing than Chili and cornbread in the south …well maybe potato soup. It looks delicious btw.

  5. I love a good hot soup at the end of a cold work day! Winter time is the best time for potato soup – the cheese on the top is the best part! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This looks so, so good and it’s the perfect season to put up this post! I’m not just saying that because I’m stopping by to comment…I’ve actually pinned this and am buying the ingredients to make it…as in, TONIGHT lol
    Thanks!! 😛

  7. 5 stars
    I love almost anything with potatoes in it, so naturally I love potato soup. It’s one of my favorite soups! I haven’t had it for awhile, but that shall change . . . soon!

  8. Oh man that looks delicious! I admit I have tried a couple times to make a potato soup and have failed miserably LOL I do not know what I do wrong. That square pan looks like it has some thai lettuce wrap ingredients in it – that is like my favorite recipe in the whole world. I may have to make some today!

  9. You can always rely on everything swiss when I am there I see only quality things. The potato soup looks delicious, I too love modifying recipes to fit me

  10. 5 stars
    Surprisingly this is the one soup that I never made. I thought it was hard but not after seeing this. I think I just might make this next week. It would definitely be a great soup for this chilly weather.

  11. 5 stars
    There is nothing more delicious than potato soup. I love leaving on warm in the crock pot on a cold day and eating it whenever I’m hungry.

    Now I’m hungry. LOL

  12. 5 stars
    Omgoodness that potato soup looks amazing! I am not sure why, but I have never made any before. I do love my mother’s though. I am so going to make this for my family! Thank you for sharing it!

  13. How in the world can I pick just one thing to saute in that pan?! It looks amazing and the possibilities are endless. I think I would start with onions. 😉 This soup looks great!

  14. Looks amazing! I was just thinking of making soup and now I think I know what I want! I am a fan of soup with potatoes… but you add in cheese and bacon and that makes it magical.

  15. Despite the weather being pleasant, I just can’t seem to get warm today. I’d love to try your potato soup recipe & warm myself up! I also really enjoy making corn chowder, but haven’t in ages!

  16. The large square saute pan looks perfect for the amount of pan-grilled chicken I make for my family! I really want this one! Now I want some pan-grilled chicken, too.

  17. I would definitely be making this potato soup in the chili pot. In fact, I’m going to make it this weekend anyway!

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