Overhead shot of two square white bowls of creamy potato soup, with toppings of bacon, cheese, and green onion, on a gray background.

Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup combines potatoes with a mirepoix (carrots, celery, onion combo), a simple roux, bacon, sour cream, and cheese. All the hardy ingredients you need for a cozy night in, made in just an hour. Simple yet delicious!
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword best ever potato soup, creamy potato soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 bowls
Calories 495 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


  • 6 slices bacon - diced
  • 4 Tablespoons butter - or use bacon grease
  • 3 large carrots - chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks - chopped
  • 1 large onion - chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 5 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups lower sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 4-5 large russet potatoes - or 8-9 cups chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream light
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • extra cheese, bacon, green onions, saltine crackers - to serve


  1. Heat a large stock pot to medium high heat. Add diced bacon, and cook until crisp. Remove from pan along with the bacon fat.

  2. Use reserved bacon grease or butter as your fat, and add it to stock pot. Add carrots, celery, onion, bacon, and salt & pepper, and sauté until vegetables are softened, approximately 5-6 minutes. Add flour, and stir for 2-3 minutes, or until flour is absorbed fully.

  3. Add chicken broth and milk, and stir well. Bring mixture to a boil, and add chopped potatoes. Reduce to a rolling simmer, and cook until potatoes are fork tender. Check seasonings, and add salt and pepper if needed.

  4. Add sour cream and cheddar cheese, and stir until fully absorbed and melted into the soup. Remove from heat.

  5. Optional step. If you want to make this EXTRA creamy, use an immersion blender to puree a portion of the soup. If you blend for about 20 seconds, that would be perfect. OR, use your regular blender - but make sure you let the soup cool a bit in the blender before you puree.

  6. Serve soup with some extra cheese, bacon, green onions, and saltine crackers.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Potato Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 440mg19%
Potassium 1305mg37%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 5140IU103%
Vitamin C 14.9mg18%
Calcium 337mg34%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.