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Cheddar Cheese Potato Soup

Here's a recipe I created as an alternative to plain potato soup. Hearty and comforting, it disappears quickly when I serve it to my family on chilly evenings. Team it with bread and a salad, and you have a complete meal.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10-12 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • In a large Dutch oven, saute onion and celery in butter for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Stir in 2 cups milk, bouillon, salt and pepper. Combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add cheese and bacon; stir until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 387 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 985mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Nan_3
    Jan 7, 2021

    Does this soup keep well in a slow cooker?

  • Anna
    Dec 31, 2020

    I made this soup twice in one day. My kids LOVED IT and so did I. Thank you ????

  • suekg
    Nov 7, 2020

    No comment left

  • Tami
    Dec 8, 2019

    Best soup ever!! That is what my soup loving hubby said! I have to make a double batch, it is eaten that quickly!

  • Michelle
    Jun 24, 2019

    My entire family loved this meal which is like a miracle! Really filling, delcicious, and I'll be making again.

  • Tova
    Nov 17, 2018

    This came out amazing, thank you for the great recipe!! I used all the ingredients as is except the bacon and added lots of crushed garlic, 2 large carrots, a cup sour cream and a cup parmigiana cheese ( I used half the cheddar). I blended it and served it with a little red pepper flakes. Perfection

  • David
    Oct 31, 2017

    Good home cooked meal from scratch.will do it again.

  • rachelbarnesjn116
    Mar 6, 2016

    I love this soup. I'm sure it's not particular healthy with the milk and cheese involved, however I add a lot of vegetables so it has more of a consistency of a stew rather than a soup. All in all, if you take out the vegetables and add something like only carrots and broccoli, this soup would be amazing as well. I also substituted the bacon with ham, and it works great as the ham doesn't get soggy like the bacon does if you leave it in.I love this soup!!

  • august1873
    Jan 19, 2016

    This was a delicious soup. I added ham chunks instead of bacon. My husband and I really enjoyed it.

  • dholmes3
    Dec 27, 2015

    I feed a few vegetarians so I eliminated the bacon and the chicken bouillon and used vegetable broth instead of water. It was still very flavorful!