Perfect Potato Soup

Perfect Potato Soup

Soups, Stews and Chili Soup Vegetable Soup Potato Soup

Say goodbye to ho-hum potato soup! Easy to prepare with ingredients you probably have on hand. Garnish with a pat of butter if desired. Best served with warm, crisp bread.

Servings per recipe: 6
Calories per serving: 396
Preparation time: 30m
Total cooking time: 1h 20m


  • 6 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 large onion, diced small
  • 20 baby carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg
  • 4 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 dash paprika, or to taste


  • 1   Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  • 2   Place bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Pour out bacon grease.
  • 3   Melt butter in the saucepan over medium heat, scraping the bottom of the pan with a flat-edged wooden spoon. Add celery, onion, carrots, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle in flour; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  • 4   Pour half-and-half and chicken broth into the saucepan. Add potatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, thyme, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Stir in bacon pieces. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.
  • 5   Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with 1/2 teaspoon pepper, green onions, and paprika.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 18.8g 29%
    Saturated Fat 11.0g  
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1165mg 47%
Potassium 1164mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 47.6g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Protein 10.8g 22%
Sugars 4g  
Vitamin A 2036IU  
Vitamin C 46mg  
Calcium 136mg  
Iron 3mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 6mg  
Vitamin B6 1mg  
Magnesium 68mg  
Folate 61mcg