Hearty Potato, Cheddar, & Bacon Soup

potato and cheddar soup
Maryse Chevriere


  • medium-size yellow potatoes, quartered
  • 32 ounces  low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound  thick-cut slabs of bacon
  • 3/4 cups  whole milk
  • 10 ounces  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, reserving some for garnish
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  •   Sour cream, for garnish
  •   Parsley or scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish

Because nothing's more comforting on a cold winter night than a hearty, savory potato soup that tastes just like a loaded baked potato. (Did I mention this soup has Cheddar cheese and bacon?)

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In a large pot over medium-heat, add the quartered potatoes and chicken broth. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat.

While you're waiting for the potatoes to cook, add the bacon slabs to a medium-sized pan and cook the bacon until crispy, about 6 minutes on each side. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate to cool, then crumble into small pieces.

Once the potatoes are fully cooked, purée the potato-broth mixture with an immersion blender until smooth or transfer to a food processer in batches and blend until liquified, returning to the pot when finished. Add in the milk and cheese and mix until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

To serve, garnish with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded cheese and crumbled bacon, and a little of the sliced parsley or scallions.


Calories per serving:

631 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 103g 159%
  • Carbs 322g 107%
  • Saturated 36g 178%
  • Fiber 38g 153%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 26g
  • Monounsaturated 44g
  • Polyunsaturated 17g
  • Protein 87g 175%
  • Cholesterol 168mg 56%
  • Sodium 3,159mg 132%
  • Calcium 473mg 47%
  • Magnesium 452mg 113%
  • Potassium 8,685mg 248%
  • Iron 16mg 92%
  • Zinc 9mg 62%
  • Phosphorus 1,728mg 247%
  • Vitamin A 110µg 12%
  • Vitamin C 336mg 559%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 138%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 77%
  • Niacin (B3) 40mg 199%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 290%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 282µg 71%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 48%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin K 38µg 47%
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