Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon

Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon

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Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon has a delicious rich and creamy flavor that we enjoy at the finest restaurants! Every spoonful is delightful with the layered flavors of crispy smoked Bacon, Kerrygold Irish Cheese, and freshly snipped Chives, topped off with Sour Cream! Over the years, I have made different variations of Potato Soup. The blending of these wonderful ingredients made this the best Potato Soup ever! Read on for 5 tips for selecting a potato type, answers to commonly asked questions and step by step instructions,

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Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon
Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon

5 Tips for Selecting the Best Potato for Soup

Everyone has his or her favorite type of potato for soup!

  1. A deciding factor in selecting a potato depends if the potatoes should fall apart or retain their shape and texture.
  2. Russets are a high-starch potato popular for baked potatoes and baked potato soup.
  3. Yukon Gold potatoes are medium-starch all-purpose potatoes. They are a great choice providing the versatility of pureeing for a thicker soup or leaving the potatoes in bite-size chunks that retain their texture.
  4. My preference is to puree some of the potatoes leaving the remaining ones in chunks.
  5. To learn more about potatoes read this article from Better Homes and Gardens.

Common Questions About Making Potato Soup

Below are a few answers to some common questions when making Cheesy Potato Soup. Let us know if you have other questions we can answer.

How do you thicken Potato Soup?

To thicken the Potato Soup, I like to puree some of the soup. Once the potatoes are tender, puree the desired amount of the soup. I like to use a food processor to puree and rough chop some of the potatoes if they are too big. Basically add some of the soup to a food processor and puree until desired size. Or you can use an immersion blender.

Another option is to use an equal amount butter to flour. For example, melt 2 tablespoon of butter and then whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour. Whisk into the Potato Soup and let simmer to thicken. And sometimes Potato Soup naturally thickens overnight!

Can Potato Soup be reheated?

Yes, you can reheat Potato Soup. If reheating on the stovetop be careful to not burn the soup. Reheat in a saucepan on medium-low heat until warm through. Do not boil the soup. Another option is to use the microwave. Place Potato Soup in a microwave safe container with a loose lid or other splatter cover. Place into the microwave reheating on a lower setting until heated through. Potato Soup can thicken overnight. If this happens, just add more Chicken Stock and/or Half and Half when reheating.

How long will potato soup last in the refrigerator?

Because potato soup is milk-based, it lasts about 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Store in an air-tight container to maintain the soup’s quality.

Can you freeze Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon?

Potato Soup is best enjoyed fresh and not frozen. Milk based soups do not freeze well. The milk tends to become grainy and separate when thawed or rewarmed. The potatoes may become mushy or have an odd texture once frozen.

Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon Key Ingredients

Potato Soup is based upon a few key ingredients making it important to select Quality products.

  • Butter: The soup’s foundation starts with Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter made from Grass Fed Cows.
  • Cheese: Kerrygold Irish Cheeses are a perfect compliment to this soup. My selection includes Skellig and Reserve Cheddar. Skellig is a hard crumbly cheese with a sharp, rich flavor that also has a granular texture. Reserve Cheddar is a smooth, rich Cheddar Cheese with a sharp, strong flavor that comes from an extra year of aging.
  • Chicken Broth: Pacific Organic Free Range Chicken Broth that adds depth of flavor with sea salt and seasonings. I love the rich color and taste of this Chicken Broth over the cheaper, generic versions.
  • Milk & Half and Half: The broth’s foundation includes the chicken broth and milk. I like to use 2% milk and full fat Half and Half.
  • Bacon: Select a thick-cut smoked bacon for optimal flavor.

How to Make Potato Soup from Scratch

  1. Saute’ the Veggies: We start the soup by melting the butter in a heavy soup pot to sauté the diced sweet onions and celery until tender.
  2. Add broth and potatoes: Add the chicken broth, salt, pepper and potatoes bringing to a soft boil. Cook until potatoes are tender.
  3. Thicken soup: To thicken the Potato Soup, puree some of the soup. (This is an optional step.)
  4. Add remaining ingredients: Add milk, half and half, and cheese simmering until warm through.
  5. Serving: When serving the soup, top with crispy bacon, cheese, fresh chives, and sour cream.
Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon

Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon

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One-Pot Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon has a delicious rich and creamy flavor that we enjoy at the finest restaurants! Topped with Kerrygold Irish Cheese!
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Course: Comfort Food, Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Servings
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Bernice

Equipment

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Large soup pot

Ingredients

Sauté Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Kerrygold Pure Irish butter
  • 1 cup Sweet Onions chopped
  • 1 cup Celery chopped

Potato Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes washed, peeled, and cubed
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • ½ tsp. White Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt

Soup Ingredients

  • 2 cups Milk 2%
  • 1 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 8 Bacon slices cooked and crumbled

Toppings

  • Fresh Chives
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold Irish Cheese Skellig and Reserve Cheddar
  • 1 tbsp. Sour Cream

Instructions

  • In a large soup pot, melt butter and add onions and celery – cook until tender.
  • Add chicken broth, salt, pepper and bring to a soft boil.
  • Add potatoes and simmer for 30-minutes or until cooked through.
  • Puree desired amount of soup. (Optional step to thicken the soup.)
  • Add soup ingredients and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring periodically.
  • Serve with desired toppings!

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate based upon ingredients selected and serving size. 
Tips
  • Reheating
    • Potato Soup can thicken overnight. When reheating add more chicken stock and/or Half and Half until desired thickness.
  • Cheese Selection
    • Kerrygold Irish Cheeses are a perfect compliment to this soup. My selection includes Skellig and Reserve Cheddar. Skellig is a hard crumbly cheese with a sharp, rich flavor that also has a granular texture. Reserve Cheddar is a smooth, rich Cheddar Cheese with a sharp, strong flavor that comes from an extra year of aging.
  • Potato Selection
    • Yukon Gold potatoes are medium-starch all-purpose potatoes. They are a great choice providing the versatility of pureeing for a thicker soup or leaving the potatoes in bite-size chunks that retain their texture.
  • Bacon
    • Select a thick-cut smoked bacon for optimal flavor
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon
Amount Per Serving (8 servings)
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 1261mg55%
Potassium 1071mg31%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 29.6mg36%
Calcium 319mg32%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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44 comments

    1. Your welcome. I hope you enjoy the soup. For replacing the Bacon you could consider Shrimp. Or just eliminate completely! Let me know what you end up doing.

    1. Thank you! I absolutely loved the ingredients and it was the best potato soup I ever made. My husband is looking forward to more soup! 💕

      1. I hope you enjoy the soup. Let me know if you make it. I have made other versions with shrimp and ham. I like bacon the best. 💕

    1. It is a great soup on a cold winter day! This was the first time I used Yukon Gold potatoes. Typically I used Russets. It was a nice change!

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know! I just love this version of Potato Soup. I carefully selected the ingredients and it was delicious! I will be making more for St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy!

    1. It is the best Potato Soup that I ever made! The Kerrygold butter and cheese are awesome. The Yukon gold potatoes were perfect. I am making it again this weekend.

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