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Best-Ever Potato Soup Recipe

Best-Ever Potato Soup Recipe

You'll be surprised at the taste of this rich, cheesy concoction - it's not a typical potato soup. I came up with the recipe after enjoying baked potato soup at one of our favorite restaurants. I added bacon, and we think that makes it even better. -Coleen Morrissey, Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, optional


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally; drain drippings. Add vegetables, seasonings and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • 2. Mix flour and milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. If desired, serve with green onions. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 250 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein .

Reviews for Best-Ever Potato Soup

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ChrisD1717 253097
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"Just had this tonight. This is one of the best potato soups I've ever had. Very filling and can also freeze for later. A real keeper."

LEnquist 245345
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"This was awesome! Very easy and delicious. We would double the recipe, if we had our boys home from college."

tstreich 241099
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Great flavor! Once I gathered everything, this came together really quickly. I would definitely make this for company. I might try to swap out the velveeta for a white cheddar, but as is it's very good!"

formissamy 237741
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"Delicious! I doubled the recipe and served in sour dough bowls! Easy and perfect for an Autumn lunch!!!!"

Lsenrab 234035
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Never was happy with other recipes and then my daughter came across this one and told me to try it. It will be the only one I ever use again."

Amberlynn112 226348
Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"Made this for my family and they all loved it. I personally would add more potatoes and slightly more seasoning but other than that this recipe is simple but delicious. My family said it was better than Logan's (a restaurant)."

cookingfreaks 222525
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"I have yet to taste this creation but I'm giving it 5 stars nevertheless. I made a couple of modifications. I added all the bacon grease from the pound of bacon I cooked and crumbled. I also added a packet of Ranch seasoning. This makes my potato salad do delicious so thought I'd try it. I'm also adding some fresh parsley at the end and adding sharp cheddar cheese instead of the velveeta. This is for a "soup off" at school tomorrow. I can't wait to see if it's one of the winners."

booboobee724 218833
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Very good. Yummmm"

Momstar3 218016
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"Cooked slices of Bacon disappears at my house, so I sauteed Double the onions and carrots in bacon grease. Added 32 oz of chicken broth. Doubled spices and potatoes. Kept the milk, flour and velveeta as called in recipe. Sprinkled bacon bits in each bowl. Amazing!!!"

doreensanzone 217118
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"A LNG-time family favorite! I've made this many times, with and without the bacon. It's great both ways. Nothing better on a cold winter day. My husband says he'd pay for this soup!"

pajamaangel 216704
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This is awesome! I may add a little cayenne to kick it up a notch, but really good just the way it is."

bmeowza 215759
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I added a bit more carrot and used Kraft Cheddar Cheese blend with Philadelphia Cream Cheese in it. It was very very good and extremely simple. I also used fresh parsley. It was a hit with all my family. My grandma and my stepmom both asked for my recipe!"

sugeri 213865
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"Wonderful soup, creamy and delicious. I used shredded TexMex cheese instead of Velveeta for a bit of kick and added garlic powder with the spices. It's a keeper."

pburgpiano 70146
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"This is a very easily assembled soup and it's delicious. I put a little less bacon and little less Velveeta but it was still wonderful!"

Lisamarie98 23720
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"This was really good! Super cheesy though, kinda tasted like au gratin potatoes. My husband loves Velveeta so he gobbled it up. I put in diced ham instead of bacon because it's what I had on hand. Will definitely make it again."

Grace1018 48833
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"I added more pepper and used shredded cheese. And I threw all in the crock pot. Super easy and very good. Would make again."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"Awesome soup, thumbs up 5 stars."

Buffs6236 24963
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Simply amazing"

Nan Mock 202951
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"We liked this soup, it had a good start to the flavor. I did add more salt and pepper than was called for. I made few other changes too: I sauteed the chopped onion in some of the bacon fat before I added the chicken broth; I heated up the milk before adding it to the hot broth and potatoes (so it wouldn't curdle when added); finally, I pureed the soup before adding the cheese. It came out very creamy and smooth that way!"

Ndenson 32170
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This was an ausume soup"

bleeski 85295
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"I used heavy cream in place of 2% milk. I also added 3 cubed hard boiled eggs after the potatoes were cooked. That's how we Pennsylvania German people make it. I'm thinking a non-processed cheese might be better."

gnats1222 32155
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Delicious! I do a few things different when I make it -- after frying the bacon, I remove it with a slotted spoon and sauté the onion and a few cloves of garlic for a few minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients. I also left out the celery seed and added some garlic powder instead -- my husband and I love garlic!"

meaganteal 48832
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"We loved this recipe. The only thing we added was garlic. both of my picky sons ate it all!"

Green.devonna 85290
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013 Edited Dec. 23, 2013

"Best ever"

chris28304 23712
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"The only thing I changed was I used shredded cheddar cheese instead of the Velveeta cheese. Turned out great."

RoseLuvsRetro 70145
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"Made this recipe according to the directions and it turned out perfect and delicious."

roberta bowser 69801
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"YUMMY,This turns out perfect every time I make it"

shezy88 48831
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"Yum!! Just made this soup using frozen hashbrowns and it turned out delicious! I used a little less bacon, around 3 cups or more frozen hashbrowns, and shredded cheddar cheese instead of velveta. I used fat-free milk and added a touch extra salt after tasting it when it was done. Didn't have fresh onions on hand, so used 2 Tbsp hydrated onion. This will be on my list of great soups for fall!"

LisaFS 60170
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"I added hot sausage meatballs too!"

PSUmom123 70140
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"Love ths recipe, I added heavy cream instead of milk and a little minced garlic. I used cheddar instead of Velveta. My family loved it. Definately a HIT!!!!"

jabk 202950
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"My family loves this soup. Get lots of raves when I make it."

mailladyrr7 52069
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"I have been making this recipe forever and we all love it. I also add some chopped celery and a tad of minced garlic as well. Great hearty soup!"

Taralynnn 70139
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for YEARS - it's our favorite soup, comes together in no time and is just wonderful!! I double the veggies and also add celery to it. YUMMO."

Shanna1573 24962
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"I tweeked this recipe a little bit. I doubled it for starters. I also used 4 stalks of fresh celery and sauteed the celery, onions, and carrots in bacon drippings in the stew pot. I also used 8 oz of velveeta and 8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese. Of course I also doubled the bacon. :) This recipe was a HIT! I shared with a family of four - single dad and three picky eating kids..they devoured it. I will hands down make this again. We ate it with Rhodes frozen rolls :) mmmmmm!"

kspowell 85288
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"I added a rib of celery and used half the amount of velveeta. I added 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar for more authentic cheese flavor. I had fresh parsley on hand, so I used that instead of dried. I think a garnish of chives would be even better than green onions."

deedubb 27862
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"Too easy..too die for. The next go round i'd like to add brocolli. I lowered the fat content by using skim milk. I even sprinkled some shredded provolone and chedder. Total comfort food. THANK YOU COLEEN MORRISSEY!"

chrissherman 48830
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"This IS the best potato soup ever, a family favorite!"

Renee97 60169
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"This is the best potato soup I have ever had and a staple recipe for me!"

SMEE 19425
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Yes! Best ever potato soup!"

ekatiakarpova 19424
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Wow, very tasty! But I always very carefull with Velveeta so I put less amount of it because I am always afraid to get very cheesy."

kcsings2much 85286
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I usually love potato soup but my husband (who loves this recipe) made this for us twice and both times I thought it tasted just awful! I'm not sure if it was the processed cheese or if the potatoes were just too starchy...I know he would give this a 5 star rating but I guess not everyone has the same tastebuds! :)"

trishaloo 202949
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"This was delicious. I added some of the bacon grease to the initial broth and used an 8 oz bag of shredded sharp cheddar for the cheese. I excluded the carrot and green onions. Will definitely make this again."

janelle.r303 69800
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"this recipe is so good. It is very easy to make. I added more bacon and cheese and it was more of a cheese soup rather than more of a potato soup. Excellent!! Seriously is the best potato soup ever"

poptartsrock 67128
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Simple and quick to make. Of course more bacon is always better! I'm going to try half beef broth half chicken broth next time."

jane428 67126
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"YUM!! So good and easy."

JTayFil 52067
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Outstanding recipe! I just made this for dinner. We loved it and agree that it is a keeper. I did not dice the bacon. I cooked it until crisp. I crumbled half of it and added to the pot with the potatoes and broth. We used the remaining to crumble into our bowls. I sauted the onions and carrots in about a tbs of bacon drippings before I added the potatoes and broth. I used celery seed because I did not have fresh celery, but I plan to use fresh celery next time. Also, to increase volume, used 4 cups and milk and a little more than 4 tbs. flour. My husband likes his soup a little thick. This recipe is very versatile. I am already planning when I can make this again, and maybe use ham instead of bacon. Another great recipe for my collection!"

kmfest2009 48829
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"Delicious - perfect for those sick, rainy days!! :) will make again soon!!"

2BurkeBoys 27861
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"My family loves this! Best potato soup ever!"

FoodiePrincess 52064
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"I've scoured the internet, looking for the perfect potato soup recipe - this is it! Very good flavor and consistency. I'll definitely make this recipe again and again."

mlr2411 48828
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"Very good recipe. I used a bag of diced potatoes to cut down on prep time. I didn't have any celery seed so left it out. It was still great!"

wadi2u 52059
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Very good inhaled it!"

Edo123 50920
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"I make a batch of soup every week and this is quickly got worked into the rotation. It's very easy & very good. I follow the directions exactly and I always double it. Everyone loves this soup."

l2bake 60167
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"Served this at my St. Paddy's theme dinner and it was very good!!"

talpebrusske 23503
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"Wow! Best-Ever is an understatement! I researched many different recipes before finding this one and I will look no more. I made some changes but am sure the original recipe is just as good. I reserved a few tablespoons of bacon grease and sauteed finely chopped onion, garlic and three celery stalks until tender. I used reduced sodium broth and bacon and increased amount of salt to 1 rounded tsp. I also reserved some of the bacon for garnish with shredded cheese. I used 1 can evaporated milk and half-half to equal 2 cups and then used 1 cup 1% milk to equal the 3 cups recipe calls for. I purchased cream of potato in case i needed to thicken but no thickening needed. It was so creamy and literally "hugged" the spoon, I think the evaporated milk helped. Next time I will add another cup of potatoes. Thanks so much for the recipe!"

ebullock002 19406
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"This is delicious and easy to make potato soup. I didn't have celery seed so I chopped up a couple stalks of celery. I also added minced garlic which I put in almost everything I cook."

d2check 27859
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"Made this soup today since hubby is under the weather. This soup was excellent! I did make a few changes. First, I doubled the recipe to make a nice size pot. I omitted the celery seed as DH does not like it, but I minced a small rib of celery and cooked it with the potatoes and other veggies. Instead of doubling the parsley flakes, I added 1Tbsp. dried parsley flakes and 1 Tbsp dried minced chives. I added equal amounts of melted margarine with the flour in a separate pot, then added the milk and cheese to make a cheese sauce. Once that was all thickened and cheesy, I added it to the potato/veggie mixture. It was great, and I will make it again!"

robynrenee 27858
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"This is a delicious potato soup. If you like clam chowder...adding clams to this would be delicious as well. I've made this soup several times. VERY GOOD!"

drufen 51950
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Excellent recipe! I've tried several other potato soup recipes which we like but both my sons said this one was the best and asked me to make again! My husband liked it as well but thought I should reduce the salt a little bit."

classicgal 67119
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"I made this soup tonight and I would defiantly make it again. It was super easy, I didn't grate my carrots I just sliced them real small and it worked just fine. Sharing this with all of my friends."

amber666 51949
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"This really is the BEST potato soup ever! Everyone who I have shared it with LOVES it. I make it several times during the winter. I won't even ever try another potato soup recipe now!"

carriv 19403
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"I made this soup tonight for my family. I used pkg shredded cheese instead of velveeta. And took the bacon out of pan after I cooked it. And served it on top of soup as a garnish. Everyone loved it. This is a keeper. Thank you for the receipe."

spallie 202948
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"It really is the "Best!" I added some Johnsonville Hot Italian sausages instead of the bacon--tasted just like the potato soup at the Olive Garden!"

laniellingsworth 60166
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

"This is the BEST soup I have ever made. I will be making it ALL THE TIME and the recipe will be going out to all my friends!"

specialkmom 19401
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"Got this from a dear friend. We each have 6 kids. So there are 16 of us total when we are together. Everyone of us LOVE it! That is pretty good pleasing all 12 kids at once. I added leftover spiral cut ham and it was delicious! Love this recipe! And super easy and quick for our large family!"

preludejf 23501
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"This was my first time making potato soup. What a great recipe! I had smoked sausage in the freezer, so I used that instead of bacon. Gave the soup a smoky nice flavor. I had extras so I froze some and reheated later and it was just as good. This is a winner."

wmccall 69799
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"This is the first time I've made potato soup. I searched for recipes here and chose 3. I finally decided to try this one to take to work for a birthday lunch (we have one every month). Everybody LOVED it!! Thanks Coleen and Taste of Home!!"

grammajan 23472
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I have made potatoe soup for years. this is by far the best"

Nole Chick 67115
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"Found this recipe years ago in a Taste of Home cookbook and became a family favorite. I sometimes sub diced smoked sausage for the bacon and it's insanely decadent!"

mnrweiss 23469
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"This was a hit with my family! I will make this again!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"Loved this recipe!"

scraphappy226 27857
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

"My family loved this, especially my husband who is kinda picky!!"

lildeb69 51946
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"This was very good."

mary2171 48825
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2008

" Sounds good to me too, but I would sub real bacon bits for the bacon. Love, potato soup!!!!!!!!!"

Aleida 24959
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2008

"I made this yesterday and loved it. Thanks.


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