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Best Ever Potato Soup

You'll be surprised at the taste of this rich and cheesy easy potato soup. It really is the best potato soup recipe, ever. I came up with it after enjoying baked potato soup at one of our favorite restaurants. I added bacon, and we think that makes it even better. —Coleen Morrissey, Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, optional


  • In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally; drain drippings. Add vegetables, seasonings and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix flour and milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. If desired, serve with green onions.

Best-Ever Potato Soup Tips

How do you make potato soup thicker?

If you prefer a thicker soup, you can add an additional tablespoon of flour, or substitute some of the 2% milk for whole or heavy cream. These thickening ideas work just as well, too.

What if I don’t have Velveeta?

If you don’t have Velveeta, cheddar or Colby jack are good substitutes. Have extra cheese on hand? Put it to good use with these recipes that use up your favorite cheese!

What goes well with potato soup?

There's nothing like oven-fresh bread to go with homemade soup! Check out Mom’s Italian loaf , icebox rolls or any of our other bread recipes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 250 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.


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  • Nthana
    Nov 3, 2020

    I was a bit nervous to make this soup because of the simple ingredients and simplicity of making it. I'm sure glad it took the chance because my family and I loved it!. Definitely a hit and will absolutely make this again. If you're not sure about this soup...take that chance. It will be worth it!

  • Connie
    Nov 2, 2020

    This is so good. My husband and I both say it is the best soup I have ever made and I made no changes to the recipe.

  • Kim
    Oct 24, 2020

    Best potato soap

  • bj51
    Oct 24, 2020

    How much cheese is to be added in? The recipe doesn’t say. I played with the amount myself. Very good tho!

  • Sara
    Oct 22, 2020

    Very easy and delicious. My family fought over the small amount of leftovers the next day!

  • Vicki
    Sep 28, 2020

    Novice here! What potato do you use for soup?

  • Patsybomboli
    Sep 28, 2020

    thank you for this recipe. I was surprised to see a recipe in Taste of Home from some one in Sweet Valley PA. I lived there from 1960 to 1963 and graduated from Lake Lehman High School. It is my most favorite place I have ever lived.

  • xxcskier
    Sep 25, 2020

    With the cooler air coming in our son was asking for soup, this recipe did not disappoint! It hit the spot , very easy to make with great flavor!

  • Brenda
    Sep 20, 2020

    I will definitely rated a10 it’s similar to My Mom Recipe she put 1/2 Cheddar Then 1/2 white cheddar omg it is so good on a cold day , Bread Choice was 2 my family wanted cornbread , & my mom I wanted a good crust French bread toasted.

  • Kelly
    Aug 13, 2020

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