Say goodbye to ho-hum potato soup! Easy to prepare with ingredients you probably have on hand. Garnish with a pat of butter if desired. Best served with warm, crisp bread.

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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 potatoes into a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.

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  • Place bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Pour out bacon grease.

  • Melt butter in the saucepan over medium heat, scraping the bottom of the pan with a flat-edged wooden spoon. Add celery, onion, carrots, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle in flour; cook and stir for 2 minutes.

  • Pour half-and-half and chicken broth into the saucepan. Add potatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, thyme, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Stir in bacon pieces. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

  • Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with 1/2 teaspoon pepper, green onions, and paprika.

Nutrition Facts

392.1 calories; 10.7 g protein; 46.8 g carbohydrates; 54.8 mg cholesterol; 1157 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2016
We loved this. The combination of flavors was perfect. Seconds were had by all and we will gladly be eating the leftovers this week. My changes were adding 3 cloves of minced garlic along with the sautéed veggies, 3 extra cups of chicken broth because there wasn't enough liquid for my potatoes, using fresh instead of dried thyme, and omitting the cayenne. I will definitely make again and probably use milk instead of half and half as I don't think the great taste would be compromised and maybe add some shallots as well. Thanks for a great new soup recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2016
We loved this. The combination of flavors was perfect. Seconds were had by all and we will gladly be eating the leftovers this week. My changes were adding 3 cloves of minced garlic along with the sautéed veggies, 3 extra cups of chicken broth because there wasn't enough liquid for my potatoes, using fresh instead of dried thyme, and omitting the cayenne. I will definitely make again and probably use milk instead of half and half as I don't think the great taste would be compromised and maybe add some shallots as well. Thanks for a great new soup recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2016
We loved this. The combination of flavors was perfect. Seconds were had by all and we will gladly be eating the leftovers this week. My changes were adding 3 cloves of minced garlic along with the sautéed veggies, 3 extra cups of chicken broth because there wasn't enough liquid for my potatoes, using fresh instead of dried thyme, and omitting the cayenne. I will definitely make again and probably use milk instead of half and half as I don't think the great taste would be compromised and maybe add some shallots as well. Thanks for a great new soup recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2016
10.2.16 Starting to think of Fall (I can dream even though it s still in the 90 s in Florida) and even more of soup. This is a very nice potato soup but I would recommend if you re spice-sensitive start with a little less cayenne and then add more to suit your taste. We re about middle-of-the-road on spiciness and this just was just a tad too much cayenne for us (personal taste). I used fat-free half-and-half to lighten the soup and didn t feel there was any sacrifice in flavor otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. The texture slightly thickened (perfectly) there was just a tiny bit of a crunch from the carrots and the celery (just the way we like it) and I did set aside some of the bacon for a garnish. The recipe indicates preparation time is 1 hour and 20 minutes but this will be on the table in about 35-40 minutes. Marilee Wilson Mack thanks for a really tasty new soup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2017
I like to follow the recipe as is the first time then maybe play around with it later. This one is a keeper. If I never did anything else to it we would enjoy it every time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2017
Our favorite potato soup Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2020
This recipe is awesome. My main difference was to make the soup in the potato pot (instead of the veggie saucepan) with just a little bit of the starchy potato water to help the soup base. For the base, this was another change: I used about 3 parts chicken broth to 2 parts half and half (with a splash of whole milk to perfect the consistency since I used a whole lot of dying veggies), which I think comes close to flipping the recipe ratios. That was mainly to be calorie conscious but also because I didn’t have enough half and half! This one turned out great but I’m sure you can do the base however you want. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2019
It was delicious. Substituted milk for half and half shallots for onions and added a clove of garlic. Changes were thanks to another review for this recipe. Thanks. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2020
This recipe was delicious! The only change I made was I left out the nutmeg because I am not a fan of it. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2020
It's not often that I stick to the recipe as written. In this case I substituted one of the Russet potatoes for a sweet potato. I only peeled about half of each potato. That way it gave the soup the added bonus of bits of potato skins. The potatoes we had might have been rather large because it was turning out to be too thick (IMO). I added another 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 1/2 cup of half and half to thin it out. Even with the extra cup of liquid it was still thicker than most potato soups. Since we were eating the soup immediately after cooking I wanted the flavors to blend faster so for about half of the amount of thyme the recipe called for I used ground rather than dried flakes. Other than that I probably used around 20% less salt than the recipe called for and unfortunately I didn't have any green onion. The end result was very tasty. My wife liked it and said that it reminded her of chicken pot pie. Ah HA! At least with how I made it that is basically what it tastes like. Except for being without chicken meat it tastes a lot like the chicken pot pies from KFC. The next time I make it I'm thinking that I should search for a flaky crust recipe and use this (modified) recipe to make vegetarian pot pies. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2018
My husband made this today and it was the best potato soup I ve ever had! Followed the recipe and it truly was perfect! Read More