This potato bacon soup is loaded with chopped bacon, cheese, and chunks of potato. It makes a quick and easy dinner that everyone will love.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 55minutes
Servings 5to 6 servings
12ouncesuncooked baconsliced into 3/4-inch pieces
½medium oniondiced small
2celery ribsdiced small
2large russet potatoes peeled and diced medium (about 4 cups)*
4cups(2 15oz cans) chicken broth
5tablespoons(71g) buttersalted or unsalted is fine
¼cupand 1 tablespoon (44g) all-purpose flour
6ounces(about 1 ½ cups) shredded cheddar cheeseplus more as desired for topping
Sour creamoptional for topping
Sliced green onionsoptional for topping
Add bacon pieces to a large pot. Turn heat to medium and cook until bacon is cooked through but only slightly crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside.
Spoon off and discard all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. Add onions and celery to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring often and scraping any browned cooked-on bits from the bottom of the pan, for about 5 minutes, until the onions have just begun to turn translucent around the edges.
Add potatoes and chicken broth to the pot. Bring to a simmer and then cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until potatoes can be easily smashed against the side of the pot with a fork.
Use a potato masher or spatula to roughly smash about half of the potatoes in the pot.
In a medium pot, over medium heat, melt butter and then add flour. Cook, whisking continuously, until flour begins to turn lightly golden, about 1 minute.
Slowly drizzle in milk, whisking constantly as you go to whisk out any lumps. Cook, whisking continuously, until mixture is thickened and bubbly around the edges, about 5 minutes.
Remove pot from heat and slowly whisk in cheese, a handful at a time. Once all your cheese is melted, stir the cheese sauce into the soup. Add pepper. Taste the soup and add salt if needed.
Add about ¾ of the bacon to the soup (reserve ¼ for topping) and stir everything together.
Ladle into bowls, top with sour cream, reserved bacon, sliced green onions, and more cheese if desired. Enjoy!
Approximate nutritional information is for 6 servings.