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Reader Recipe: Potato Soup

Soup is one of my favorite meals to enjoy year-round, so when I caught this shot of homemade bacon and potato soup, I started salivating. All Mansionmogul did was free-form this recipe, and I dreamt of a steaming hot bowl of this velvety, chunky soup sitting in front of me, the grated cheese topping already in a blissful state of melted gooeyness.

Make this soup — perfect for a cold Winter night — when you

Submitted by TeamSugar member Mansionmogul

Potato Soup

Potato Soup

Potato Soup


  1. 6 slices bacon, baked or fried and crumbled
  2. 2 medium onions, chopped
  3. 2 carrots, chopped (if desired)
  4. 2 stalks celery, chopped (if desired)
  5. 1 cup corn (if desired)
  6. 3 pound (about 5 large) potatoes
  7. 3 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 cup sour cream + 2 cup whole milk
  9. (I didn't have sour cream on-had so ended up using 2 cups heavy cream and some extra milk to thin it out)
  10. 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
  11. 1 tbsp black pepper
  12. 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  13. 4 scallions, thinly sliced (if you have them)
  14. 3/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (for garnish)


I started with a basic recipe for potato soup and then improvised and changed it to what I wanted - you can change it up however you want.

Start by browning your onions, in the bottom of a large pot. Then add the celery and carrots and heat through. I peeled and cut half of the potatoes into thirds, and chopped up the second half into smaller pieces, leaving the skins on. Place all the potatoes in a large pot with water to cover, add 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the smaller potatoes are cooked but not too soft. I then separated the smaller potato chunks out to go into the pot (if you can think of a better way of doing this, let me know!). I cooked the remaining potatoes until they were very soft -- about 45 minutes. Drain the potatoes, discarding all but a tablespoon or two of the water, and return them to the pot. Mash them with a potato masher until smooth. Add the sour cream and butter and stir until melted. Add the mashed potatoes to the large pot with the milk, pepper, bacon, corn, and remaining salt and smoked paprika and bring the soup back to a simmer. Divide among 8 bowls and serve the soup hot, garnished with scallions, cheese, and bacon.

Makes 4 Servings

marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I've got a craving for potato and leek soup now...
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Yummmm I made potato soup last night and garnished it with fake bacon
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
You poor thing.. :( on the bright side no heart failures for you. I'm fairly certain I'm going to die of a bacony heart attack.
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I think I'm one of the few people in the world that cannot stand bacon. I used to like it when I was younger, but as I've grown up I've developed an aversion to the taste. No idea why.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Remind me to never be vegan.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
should not have read this. now i'm starving and i still have an hour and a half til lunch!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I love potato soup! I could eat it every day in the winter.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Vegan women, don't forget this can be modded for you..tofutti sour cream, soymilk, fake bacon, Smart Balance's vegan butter blend, and your fave vegan cheese (or maybe bust out some nutritional yeast). Yum!
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
oh my god that looks YUMMY
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that i might have to try this sans the bacon...but THANK YOU for sharing this recipe. there have been many instances where i've tried to make potato soup and i don't always get the right texture for my soup....maybe this time it'll work.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I am always looking for new potato recipes...thanks, looks awesome!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I love baked potato soup! It's such comfort food
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