Cheddar Cheese Potato Soup Recipe
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Cheddar Cheese Potato Soup Recipe

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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.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

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


  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).
Originally published as Cheddar Potato Soup in Country Woman March/April 2005, p33

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rachelbarnesjn116 User ID: 8584715 245023
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!!"

august1873 User ID: 7204647 242117
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

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

dholmes3 User ID: 8677139 240356
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!"

MUhal User ID: 836951 238940
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!!"

lbraddy User ID: 8560413 234129
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"

joeeefitz19 User ID: 8172574 215424
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!"

ellymae7 User ID: 2865059 206326
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."

HollyRae083 User ID: 5907830 63632
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."

kkutz User ID: 4198388 112950
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!!"

shell7293 User ID: 5815824 59467
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

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

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