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
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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 bacon, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 387 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 985 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g 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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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"

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