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Creamy Potato Soup

This Creamy Potato Soup is flavorful, thick, smooth, and ultra creamy. Make this soup on a cold day to warm up from the inside out. You might just even go back for a second bowl.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy Potato Soup
Servings: 10
Calories: 538kcal
Author: Garnish and Glaze


  • 1 pound bacon, chopped (1/2 inch)
  • 1 cup onion, diced small
  • 1 cup celery, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 pounds large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 6)
  • 1.5 pounds medium size red potatoes, with skin on, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 4)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream

For Toppings:

  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Cook bacon in a large stock pot over medium heat. Drain bacon onto a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 3 tablespoons fat in the pot.
  • Add onions and celery and cook 5 minutes until translucent. Stir in garlic and cook 1 more min. Add potatoes, chicken broth, and herbs. Simmer until fork tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in another pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook 2 minutes. Meanwhile, make the roux. Melt the butter in another sauce pan and whisk in the butter. Cook for 2 minutes while constantly stirring. Whisk quickly as you slowly pour in the milk.¬†Cook until thick and creamy. Stir in the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
  • Add creamy roux to the potato mixture along with half the bacon. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
  • Garnish with cheese, bacon, and green onion.


Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1882mg | Potassium: 1201mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 2mg