This creamy potato soup is good any time of the year, but especially in cold weather months. It reheats well and can be made without bacon or cheese. This is filling enough to be served as a main dish, but also makes a nice side soup if served in smaller portions. Feel free to add your own ingredients: other vegetables, seasonings, different cheeses, etc. When serving, some options for garnish are chopped green onions, additional crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and parsley. Enjoy!

Reebs

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cooked bacon in a large stockpot over medium-high heat; add potatoes, chicken broth, carrots, onion, parsley, celery seed, salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, cover stockpot with a lid, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring frequently and slightly mashing potatoes, until potatoes are fully cooked, at least 20 minutes. Add extra chicken broth if needed.

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  • Whisk milk and flour together in a bowl or measuring cup until frothy; slowly pour into soup while constantly stirring. Bring soup back to a simmer and cook until soup is thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Remove soup from heat and stir in American cheese until completely melted. Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with green onions.

Cook's Note:

When cutting potatoes, if you want chunkier soup, make the pieces bigger. If you don't want any pieces left, cut them small. If creamier soup is desired, cook longer until potatoes are mostly broken-down.

Colby-Jack cheese can be substituted for the American cheese.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; protein 12g 24% DV; carbohydrates 40.8g 13% DV; fat 8.2g 13% DV; cholesterol 27.6mg 9% DV; sodium 982.7mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2014
Made it exactly as recipe stated except I put actual celery in with the onion and carrots and left out the celery seed. Delicious. Great heated up the next day too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2014
Made it exactly as recipe stated except I put actual celery in with the onion and carrots and left out the celery seed. Delicious. Great heated up the next day too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
Mmm mmm. Awesome recipe! I used yukon gold potatoes and only had a red onion. I also used fresh parsley not dried and followed the notes of the submitter and subbed 2 cups shredded colby jack for the american slices. I think the green onion garnish is necessary for some added texture. Thanks for sharing Radical Reebs! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2013
I thought too easy to be so good!! Had some when it was done and heated it up later and it was better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2018
I made this soup as part of a supper I cooked for 30 senior citizens in my culinary care at their retirement home where I work. The kitchen didn't have any celery seed so I just went with one big stalk of celery that went into the food processor along with the onion and carrots. Other than tripling the recipe ingredients to feed that many people and the substitution for celery seed I followed the recipe verbatim. It was a hit with most of the residents and 3 of them even requested second helpings. This one is gonna be a repeat request by them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2014
Delicious and easy...a definite keeper YUM! Thanks for sharing!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2014
Creamy soup and very easy used red potatoes and did not bother to peel them. Also used celery (lightly sautéed it with onion in a little butter) before adding broth and potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2019
I used one finely chopped celery stalk instead of the celery seed and sauteed it and the onion in a little bit of the bacon grease. The rest of the bacon grease I used instead of the butter to make a roux with the flour and milk. I initially used the American cheese, but found it a little bland so I ended up adding some sharp cheddar. Homemade garlic croutons sprinkled on top took it over the top!!!! All other ingredients were followed exactly. I made this in my slow cooker and it took a lot longer than I expected it to. I did end up having to turn it on high after 6 hours as the potatoes were still crunchy. I highly recommend this recipe. My family loved it!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2014
Absolutely great! Used grated sharp cheddar cheese instead of American. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2018
I love this soup! I've made it numerous times as written - but tonight I didn't feel like dealing with bacon. I had some leftover Kielbasa so I sliced and quartered it and fried it in the soup pot before adding the veggies and broth. Get some char on the sausage for a deeper flavor. So yummy!! Read More
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