Ladle full of Creamy Potato Soup

This Potato Soup is super easy to make, rich and creamy and it’s fully loaded with flavor!

Our fave baked potato toppings are the perfect addition to this soup including bacon and a generous dose of cheddar cheese. The perfect meal!

Ladle full of Creamy Potato Soup

The Best Potatoes for Soup

Any type of potatoes will work in this recipe. I like to use red potatoes for soup because they are firm but yield a creamier result. Keep a bit of the skin on for that home-style look and flavor! Yukon gold is great here too!

Russet potatoes break down a bit easier but they aren’t quite as smooth as a red or Yukon potato would be. If using russet or baking potatoes, peel the skins first.


Bacon This recipe uses the real deal bacon instead of bacon bits because we also use the yummy bacon fat to cook the onions. So much flavor!

Broth I use chicken broth because I love the flavor, veggie broth works too!

Milk  The milk makes it creamy without making it too heavy or rich. Swap out milk for non-dairy if you’d like or even evaporated milk.

Add-Ins Whatever you top your favorite baked potato with would be a great addition to this soup! I add bacon and sharp cheddar.

How to Make Creamy Potato Soup

While this recipe is for the stove top, you can find our favorite crock pot version here (or in the Instant Pot). To make this on the stove:

  1. Cook bacon, onion, and garlic until fragrant (per recipe below).
  2. Add broth & potatoes and simmer until tender.

potatoes being mashed in a pot for Creamy Potato Soup

  1. Use a potato masher to smash some of the potatoes.  Season with salt and pepper and add in cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, and bacon.

This soup is so flavorful and hearty, it really only calls for simple sides like a salad with a tangy vinaigrette and maybe some garlic bread for dipping.


From ham and potato soup to an easy potato leek soup or even roasted broccoli, the possibilities are endless.

  • Cheeses (pretty much anything goes)
  • Croutons
  • Roasted Jalapenos or peppers
  • Cooked sausage, leftover hamCreamy Potato Soup in a pot with a wooden spoon

Leftovers heat well on the stove or microwave.

Sadly soups with dairy don’t freeze well as they can change consistency. If you do freeze this soup, freeze before adding the extra sour cream. Reheat slowly over medium-low heat as to not curdle the milk.

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Creamy Potato Soup

This creamy & cozy potato soup is comfort food in a bowl!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

  • Cook bacon in a soup pot over medium heat until crispy and browned. Strain the bacon onto a paper towel-lined plate. Leave the bacon fat in the pot.

  • Add the onions and cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

  • Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to combine. The mixture will be thick.

  • Slowly whisk in chicken stock and milk until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain.

  • Add in the potatoes and lower the heat to medium-low. Let the potatoes gently cook, stirring occasionally until soft. Ensure the mixture doesn’t boil as the milk can burn.

  • When the potatoes are soft, use a potato masher to gently mash some of the potatoes to create a creamy consistency.

  • Stir in the shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, and crispy bacon. Taste and season with the desired amount of kosher salt and pepper.

Uncooked bacon is best in this recipe. If using pre-cooked bacon, cook the onions in salted butter.
Yukon gold potatoes are another great choice in this recipe. Russet potatoes have a more grainy texture and will change the consistency of the soup slightly.
You can mash the potatoes or slightly blend some of it with an immersion blender to get a creamy texture. 
Store potato soup in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave. 

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Calories: 484.87 | Carbohydrates: 55.69g | Protein: 20.02g | Fat: 20.88g | Saturated Fat: 12.03g | Cholesterol: 60.41mg | Sodium: 464.61mg | Potassium: 1419.29mg | Fiber: 4.36g | Sugar: 12.64g | Vitamin A: 784.52IU | Vitamin C: 23.41mg | Calcium: 408.04mg | Iron: 2.56mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
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