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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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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.

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 260927
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

"I prepared as directed. It was a very heavy, rich, and filling soup. I think if I make it again I would use a different cheese. I wasn't a fan of the velveeta flavor. It looked beautiful and my family liked it. I thought it was just okay, but I'll try it again maybe with cheddar or Colby cheddar mix."

JohnRascal2 User ID: 8492879 260009
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2017

"Great...try adding a tad (2 tsp) fresh dill....adds an additional depth."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 258551
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"I have made many versions of potato soup, and this one is truly one of the best ever! This will definitely be on my winter soup list to make on a regular basis. I think it would also be great with leftover baked ham instead of bacon!"

Plummer63 User ID: 8585579 258539
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"Made it this evening. Tastes very good. Shared with neighbors and they wanted recipe. Very filling."

Maggie123123 User ID: 8025434 258397
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

"Just prepared this tonight for the first time and it did not disappoint. Only change was to use whole milk and shredded mild Colby instead of velveeta. This soup was wonderful on a very cold Ohio night. Being someone who loves potato soup, I have to say this is one of the very best potato soup recipes and one I will be making over and over again."

fhquilting User ID: 2569371 258362
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"This is a wonderful soup! Add a can of creamed corn and you will never go back..."

knollbrookcook User ID: 4057123 257452
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"Yummy soup and easy to make. I have made this twice in the last week. I just used grated cheddar cheese and I did not have any green onions, otherwise I made it just as it says."

grandmascooking22 User ID: 5357761 255433
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"This is a very good recipe. I have a similar recipe but without the bacon and it is just as good. It didn't get as thick as I had assumed it would. Not sure what happened. I even added more like 4-5 T. flour. HMMMM????"

ChrisD1717 User ID: 8325994 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 User ID: 8794111 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 User ID: 1042559 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 User ID: 8627301 237741
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

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

Lsenrab User ID: 3291882 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 User ID: 8372370 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 User ID: 6435227 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 User ID: 8229155 218833
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Very good. Yummmm"

Momstar3 User ID: 7029525 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 User ID: 1270959 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 User ID: 1603339 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 User ID: 6558774 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 User ID: 1011697 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 User ID: 5947718 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 User ID: 7262406 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 User ID: 7559734 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."

[email protected] User ID: 2731069 24739
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"Awesome soup, thumbs up 5 stars."

Buffs6236 User ID: 7685758 24963
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Simply amazing"

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 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 User ID: 7631199 32170
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This was an ausume soup"

bleeski User ID: 1464661 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 User ID: 3754874 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 User ID: 814898 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 User ID: 5724021 85290
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013 Edited Dec. 23, 2013

"Best ever"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 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 User ID: 6093089 70145
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

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

roberta bowser User ID: 4547912 69801
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

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

shezy88 User ID: 7426706 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 User ID: 7149275 60170
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"I added hot sausage meatballs too!"

PSUmom123 User ID: 7130694 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 User ID: 6934467 202950
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

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

mailladyrr7 User ID: 105790 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 User ID: 6559824 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 User ID: 6896317 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 User ID: 3342027 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 User ID: 5845630 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 User ID: 6446052 48830
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

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

Renee97 User ID: 4337715 60169
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

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

SMEE User ID: 109000 19425
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Yes! Best ever potato soup!"

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 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 User ID: 2164081 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 User ID: 5048959 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 User ID: 5774917 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 User ID: 5601051 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 User ID: 3835785 67126
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"YUM!! So good and easy."

JTayFil User ID: 6198875 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 User ID: 6145640 48829
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

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

2BurkeBoys User ID: 6250033 27861
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

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

FoodiePrincess User ID: 5778699 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 User ID: 3822140 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 User ID: 1696609 52059
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Very good inhaled it!"

Edo123 User ID: 3028530 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 User ID: 2030987 60167
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

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

talpebrusske User ID: 4924010 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 User ID: 2212793 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 User ID: 2092246 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 User ID: 5777444 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 User ID: 3633882 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 User ID: 5597681 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 User ID: 1451389 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 User ID: 5114709 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 User ID: 5489006 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 User ID: 2679429 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 User ID: 4392693 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 User ID: 4035150 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 User ID: 937380 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 User ID: 407172 23472
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

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

Nole Chick User ID: 1016199 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 User ID: 340782 23469
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

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

[email protected] User ID: 1871678 69798
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"Loved this recipe!"

scraphappy226 User ID: 3818376 27857
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

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

lildeb69 User ID: 1707359 51946
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"This was very good."

mary2171 User ID: 849290 48825
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2008

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

Aleida User ID: 1080334 24959
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2008

"I made this yesterday and loved it. Thanks.


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