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Cheddar Cheese Potato Soup Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Potato Soup Recipe

Here's a recipe I created as an alternative to plain potato soup. Hearty and comforting, it disappears quickly when I serve it to my family on chilly evenings. Team it with bread and a salad, and you have a complete meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. In a large Dutch oven, saute onion and celery in butter for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • 2. Stir in 2 cups milk, bouillon, salt and pepper. Combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add cheese and bacon; stir until cheese is melted. Yield: 10-12 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 387 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 985mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein

Reviews for Cheddar Cheese Potato Soup

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"I love this soup. I'm sure it's not particular healthy with the milk and cheese involved, however I add a lot of vegetables so it has more of a consistency of a stew rather than a soup. All in all, if you take out the vegetables and add something like only carrots and broccoli, this soup would be amazing as well. I also substituted the bacon with ham, and it works great as the ham doesn't get soggy like the bacon does if you leave it in.

I love this soup!!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"This was a delicious soup. I added ham chunks instead of bacon. My husband and I really enjoyed it."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"I feed a few vegetarians so I eliminated the bacon and the chicken bouillon and used vegetable broth instead of water. It was still very flavorful!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"I love this recipe! The only thing I did differently was add broccoli and leave out the celery. It cooks up easy and is so delicious!!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"This soup is amazing and sooooo easy to make! My mom and I make it pretty frequently because we love it so much. This is definitely going to become a recipe that ill use forever"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I made a lot substitutions since I didn't have time to run to the grocery store. I also added some carrots. Instead of water and bouillon cubes, I just boiled the potatoes in 3 cups of chicken broth. Also, instead of 3 cups milk I used heavy whipping cream. I only had 4 oz of cheddar cheese left so for the other 12 oz I used velveeta. It's a delicious soup, perfectly rich and creamy. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"Great tasting soup, my husband is a picky eater and he loved it!. But, it does not make 10-12 servings....not unless 1/2 cup is a serving!!! This one is a keeper recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"This recipe is really quick and easy, and my whole family loves it. My in-laws always ask me to make it for fall. I make this soup all the time and it's always a hit."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"i made this it was very good i had left over ham i used instead of bacon will make again all my kids loved it!!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"Quick, simple and really good. Even my picky husband and daughter liked it."

Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"I love this recipe. I changed a few things to make it my own. I add carrots and subsituted some milk for whipping cream. It was nice and creamy, perfect consistancy and flavor. My new favorite comfort food! My family loved it! I can't wait to make it again."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Love this soup!! I used 2 cups of Cheddar and 2 cups shredded Velveeta!!!! And added carrots!!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"awesome soup. I did add carrots and garlic and mashed a few potaoes to thicken it. Best potato soup Iv's had."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"oh yeah and added carrots"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"I left out the celery and added ham instead of bacon and it was incredible. My neighbor at the same time made it exactly as written and we exchanged tastes. They were both awesome, they both had a totally different taste but were both great!! Will make this over and over!!"

Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"I halved this receipe and it was great, I had tried several other potato soups with cheese and this is by far my favorite. I'm going to get rid of the other receipes and keep just this one! I really enjoyed this and my husband even had seconds!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"I forgot...I also left the peels on the potatoes; and it seemed to be overly soupy; I didn't want to mash any up, so I baked 2 more potatoes in the microwave and added them to the soup."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"This soup is very good. I tweaked the flavor a bit by adding 1 clove garlic, some 8 oz. carrots, extra celery, I used 3 cups shredded cheddar & I cup Velveeta and a little more pepper along with a tsp or so of Mrs. Dash Original. This recipe is a keeper."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"Liked the simplicity of this recipe. I blended about half of it to make it creamier. The texture was good, the flavor was not outstanding. I added mushrooms to the sauteed vegetables and liked them in it."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"I make this for my family. It is really good. Last night I shared with my neighbor and she was delighted. I will make this again. SChipps"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"One of the best soups I have made. Received many compliments and requests for the recipe."

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