Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Creamy Bacon Potato Soup

What do you get when you combine...


...with this?

A super yummy creamy bacon potato soup! As if the title of this post didn't already give that away. ;)

Michael and I love, I repeat LOVE this soup. We created it about a year ago, combining our favorite ingredients and components of potato soup recipes found on the internet and in cookbooks. So, it is truly representative of all we like and must have in a potato soup. Plus, it's just DANG good.

We had our friends, the Svedins, over for dinner last night and served this in homemade bread bowls. It was the perfect dinner to warm everybody up in this colder weather. I think it was one of the real reasons we ended up having a ghetto dance party in our living room after playing a few intense rounds of UNO. Jen and Bryant loved it so much, they are MAKING us share the recipe with them. In honor of our sharing with them, I'm sharing it with all of you, my dear friends. Aren't I so kind?

Creamy Bacon Potato Soup

5 med. potatoes, diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 large onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
4-6 slices bacon, diced
2 cups hot milk
1/4 stick butter
Celery Salt

  1. Cook bacon in 4 quart pan until crisp. Remove from pan onto paper towel lined plate. Drain off excess fat. (Per Michael's advisement, don't drain. This is good stuff! But if you're going a bit healthier, then DO drain.)
  2. Saute' onion and celery with butter, just until onions are translucent. Add in potatoes, soup, bacon, and milk. Season with pepper, salt, thyme, and celery salt to taste.
  3. Make sure vegetables are covered with liquid. If not, add in a soup can's worth of water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are cooked.
  4. With potato masher or the back of a spoon, mash about 1/2 of the potatoes within the pot, to give the soup a more creamy texture. (Or choose not to mash, that's what Michael prefers!) Finish any last minute seasonings before serving, and enjoy!

*One thing I love about this soup and soup, in general, is that you can basically add whatever you want and it'll turn out great. You can feel free to alter bits and pieces of this recipe to your tastes and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, it will be a culinary success.


  1. Yum! This recipe looks delicious! We ate a creamy potato soup last night as well, and my-oh-my we loved it. Thanks for the recipe. David loves all things potato, and by adding bacon into the mix.... I am positive that this would be a success in our house.

    I'm so glad that you guys have been successful with meal planning as well. We call ours a forecast, but really it is pretty set. We are flexible, but for the most part we just eat what our menu tells us to eat. I love having a purpose when I go to the grocery store, knowing that I have to get certain things, instead of just wandering around thinking, "Hmm... this looks good... I wonder if I could make something with it." Haha. Glad to find another Menu-Planning friend.

    Also, I have been meaning to message you. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I don't know what else to say except, just know that I am thinking about you and sending love and comfort your way.

  2. I wanted to make a correction, you probably want to reduce the amount of potatoes to 5. Also I wouldn't drain the bacon. I'd cook the bacon in the pot you're making the soup. That way you'll get all the yumminess that the bacon provides. Plus Rebecca love mashing the potatoes, I personally am a non masher.

  3. my mom saw your blog and made this soup. it was delish.