Homemade Creamy Bacon Soup Recipe

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Creamy, hearty, and flavorful, this Potato Bacon Soup is perfect for lunch or dinner on a cold day.

Duration:

PREP TIME : 15 minutes
COOK TIME : 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME : 45 minutes
SERVINGS  : 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • ½ onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 16 ounces baking potatoes peeled and diced ½”, about 2 medium potatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cayenne pinch
  • parmesan cheese & sliced green onions for garnish

    Instructions

    • Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
    • Add onion, garlic, and celery to the bacon fat and cook 3-4 minutes or until onion softens slightly.
    • Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in cream and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
    • Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water to create a slurry. Whisk into the simmering soup and simmer 1 minute. Stir in half of the bacon. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.
    • Spoon into bowls, top with parmesan cheese, remaining bacon and green onions.

    Notes

    To make prep quick: Chop the onions & celery while the bacon is cooking. While the onion is cooking, peel and dice the potatoes.

    For a thicker soup, mash or blend a portion (or all) of the soup before adding the bacon.

    If using a thin skinned potato (red or Yukon gold) you can leave some of the peels on the potatoes for a rustic look and a bit more fiber.

    Cheddar cheese is a great addition to this soup. Stir in some of the bacon for flavor but reserve some for the top so it stays nice and crispy.

    Nutrition Information

    Serving: 1.25cupCalories: 506Carbohydrates: 28gProtein: 10gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 982mgPotassium: 824mg, Fiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 988IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg
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