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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.

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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."

lovemydior User ID: 3068275 143290
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."

joyce j User ID: 1082218 86046
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

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

moose5861 User ID: 6209312 206325
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."

silly girl User ID: 5270321 142592
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"oh yeah and added carrots"

silly girl User ID: 5270321 120113
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!!"

helencw0306 User ID: 2112085 59466
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!"

LynnOhio User ID: 5555909 71027
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."

LynnOhio User ID: 5555909 55617
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."

Lillian W User ID: 1438746 55600
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."

skchipps123 User ID: 1602890 63627
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"

joyce j User ID: 1082218 86045
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

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

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