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Chunky Bacon Potato Soup Recipe

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This Chunky Bacon Potato Soup Recipe is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. I love the chunks of red potatoes mixed with the bacon, creating the perfect creamy potato soup. Top with some shredded cheddar cheese, a little bit of sour cream, a bit of green onion, and a little bit of salt and pepper and you’re about to fall in love with this easy soup recipe.

Make certain to save the bacon grease for another use. It makes amazing popcorn and is a great grease for so many other recipes. (trust me – so good!)

soup dinner recipe made with potatoes and bacon

The really great part about this simple potato recipe is that you get to cook it in a dutch oven. It adds so much flavor and depth. Hearty soups are the best.

Chunky Bacon Potato Soup Recipe

When it comes to cooking potatoes, make certain you bring to a boil until the potatoes are tender. The potatoes need to be soft so that they’re a smooth texture. Some people use an immersion blender to really mix them up but I prefer them to have a bit of “chunk” to them.

I love how big of a pot of soup this recipe makes. Since my boys eat literally a TON, I know that I can whip up a batch of this homemade soup and have more than plenty to feed their hungry tummies.

the cream cheese makes this soup recipe a creamy indulgence

What can I add to potato soup for flavor?

Chicken broth is a really great flavor enhancer for soup. You can also add in hot sauce, or even a bit of lemon grass for some fun tastes, too.

And cheese is also another addition that you can never overuse!

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Make it a Meal:

If you’ve been on the fence about meal planning, now is a perfect time. I love how much time I save every week when I meal plan and I think you will, too. I no longer have to dread and try to think of something to eat on the spot. When I meal plan, I plan it out and just make it when it’s time. It’s really, really simple.

Vegetable Side: Simple Carrot Salad

Starch Side: Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe or try one of these Macaroni Salad Recipes!

Refreshing Drink: Cat in the Hat Mocktail Recipe

Don’t forget Dessert: Simple Turtle Fudge Recipe

this soup recipe is made creamy by the use of red potatoes and cream cheese

Best Potato Recipes:

Once you make this potato soup with bacon recipe, you’re going to want more of that hearty flavor. You can easily keep up with the potato trend by whipping up some of these awesome dishes. These are some of the best potato recipes, ever.

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Potatoes are so simple and delicious!

Leftover Boiled Potatoes is a great way to extend a meal and make it taste new again.

I love the taste and flavor of these Easy Cheesy Potatoes!

Just wait until you make up this Slow Cooker Chicken and Sweet Potatoes meal!

You’re not going to find an easier recipe than these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes!

If you’ve never had Pan Fried Potatoes, you’re in for a true treat.

Sweet Potato Fries are one of the best flavors and addition to any meal.

creamy soup recipe with bacon potatoes and kale

Is potato soup better the next day?

Some people say that it is. You’ll find that this is true with some soups because all the spices and ingredients just have a little bit longer to mesh together to enhance the flavors.

What are good toppings for soup?

Soup is a staple meal enjoyed by many every day. While the base of the soup is important, what really makes it enjoyable are the toppings.

Good toppings enhance the flavors of the soup and add texture to every spoonful.

Some of the best toppings for soup include croutons, shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, diced tomatoes, or a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

Each topping gives a different taste and texture to the soup that can take it from average to exceptional in just one bite.

So, the next time you are making soup, experiment with these toppings and take your meal to the next level!

What can I use instead of chicken broth for soup?

If you’re looking to make soup but don’t have chicken broth, don’t fret. There are plenty of substitutes you can use to achieve a similar flavor and richness.

Vegetable broth is a popular option, as it is similar in flavor and also vegetarian-friendly.

Beef broth, while stronger in flavor, can also work well in heartier soups.

For a more unique flavor profile, consider using miso paste or dried mushrooms to create a savory umami broth.

Coconut milk can add a creamy texture and a hint of sweetness to your soup.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different broth alternatives to find the perfect fit for your recipe.

How do I reheat leftover potato soup?

When it comes to reheating leftover potato soup, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First and foremost, it’s essential to ensure that the soup is heated evenly, as the potatoes can become mushy or watery if they are overcooked.

To accomplish this, start by transferring the soup to a microwave-safe container and cover it with a lid or microwave-safe wrap.

Then, microwave the soup on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally to ensure that it heats evenly.

If you prefer to reheat your soup on the stovetop, transfer it to a medium-sized pot and heat it over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.

With these simple tips, you can rest assured that your leftover potato soup will be just as delicious the second time around!

More Bacon Recipes:

this potato soup recipe comes together for a hearty weeknight dinner

Chunky Bacon Potato Soup Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This potato soup recipe is full of flavor and certain to feed a crowd!


  • 8 ounces of thick-cut bacon, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1½ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound of chunked red potatoes
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • 2 cups of chopped kale
  • 8 ounces of chunked cream cheese


  1. Put the bacon into your dutch oven (or soup pot) and put it on the stove to cook over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until it is crispy. This will take about 4 minutes or so.
  2. Once done, put the cooked bacon on a plate with paper towels under to drain the grease.
  3. You're going to drain and get rid of all the bacon grease except for 1 tablespoon.
  4. Add in the onion, carrots, and celery to the pot and. saute for about 4 minutes.
  5. Put 1/2 cup of chicken broth into the pan and make certain that you scrape off any brown bits from the bottom of the pan using a spatula.
  6. Put in the rest of the broth, rosemary, thyme, chicken, bay leaves, and red potatoes. Stir.
  7. Turn the heat to high and bring to a gentle boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium heat.
  8. Cover and then let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. The potatoes should also be fork tender as well.
  9. Take off the heat and get rid of the bay leaves. Put in the kale and cream cheese and stir. The kale should be wilted and the cream cheese melted. This will take about 3 minutes or so. Add salt/pepper if needed.
  10. Serve!

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Monday 1st of February 2021

I love this soup now!

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