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Best-Ever Potato Soup Recipe
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Best-Ever Potato Soup Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

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


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp; drain. Add the potatoes, broth, carrot, onion, parsley, celery seed, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Combine flour and milk until smooth; add to soup. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add cheese; stir until cheese is melted and the soup is heated through. Garnish with green onions if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Best-Ever Potato Soup in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p31

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Very good. Yummmm"

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!!!"

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!"

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."

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